60th Birthday celebration of Fr Rudolf Valerian Dsouza

The “Shasti poorthi” 60th birthday of Fr Rudolf V. D’Souza’s OCD was celebrated on 27th of July, 2020 at Carmel Hill Monastery, B.C. Even though the public gatherings of huge number were prohibited according to the government guidelines due to COVID 19 effect, yet the celebration went forth with the following of proper protocols, but it was limited to the friars of the neighbouring communities alone.

The celebration began with the Thanks giving Eucharist presided over by the Birthday Boy, Fr. Rudy and Fr. Vijay Martin OCD, preached a meaningful homily emphasizing the dedication, commitment, generosity and pastoral zeal of Fr Rudolf to the Lord’s Kingdom.

After which, a short felicitation programme was arranged in the Monastery. Fr. Alex Braganza, the Superior welcomed the gathering. The birthday boy cut the cake and opened the bottle of champagne. Fr Mario Fernandes raised the toast and wished all blessings and success to Fr Rudy.

There was a huge surprised to Fr Rudy awaited, prepared by Fr Rajesh Madtha, as a tribute to his contribution towards the Canadian region and to the province. A Well-made video of collection of birthday wishes from his Mom, siblings, nieces and nephews, relatives, family and friends and different Carmelite priests from different part of the world. It was so touching nostalgic emotional experience.

Fr John Alex Pinto presented the Souvenir containing the collection of written messages of different people including priest, family and friends and the read the poem written by Fr Paul Dsouza. Fr Alex Braganza presented the papal blessing and Fr Steny Mascarenhas read the Provincials message.

At the end, Fr Rudolf in his speech thanked God for his gift of life and gift of priesthood to serve in God’s vineyard and for all spiritual and moral support of all family members and Carmelite fairs, friends. Fr John Alex Pinto planned and organised the entire programme thanked all the friars who worked to make this programme a great celebration. Fr Ivan Sanctis prayed the grace for the sumptuous monastic dinner prepared by Fr Alex, Rajesh and Steny. The whole programme was compered by Fr Jaison Tellis.

Indeed, it was actual celebration of the Carmelite fraternity and brotherhood during this social distanced, isolated time. This celebration brought joy on face of all the friars present.

Happy 60th birthday Fr Rudy
Ad multos Annos .

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