We are Friends of Christ! – Inauguration of Orientation Course
We the Carmelites of Karnataka – Goa Province thank God for the gift of vocations He has granted to us even during this Covid-19 Pandemic crisis. July 29, 2021 was a historical day for the entire Province, as we inaugurated the Orientation programme 2021-22 at Avila Jothi, Carmelite seminary at Mapusa Goa. Rev. Fr. Pius James D’Souza, the Provincial Superior of the Province was a main celebrant along with Fr. Ivo Dias, Superior of Avila Jyothi Seminary, Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, Superior of Carmelite Monastery, Margao, Fr. Don Tony , Fr. Juze D’souza, Fr. Ivan Sequiera, Fr. Praveen D’Souza, Fr. Anthony Dsouza and Fr. Macson Dabre. Fr. Provincial in his homily expressed his gratitude towards God and appreciated the boldness of the brothers and their family to send them for the formation at Mapusa. He said on this special day as we celebrate the Memoria of Sts. Martha, Mary and Lazarus who are called Friends of Jesus, we too are called to be the friends of Jesus Christ. He also thanked the Vocation promoters, the Community, the teachers and benefactors for their generosity and availability. The orientation Course was inaugurated by lighting the Lamp. Avila Jyothi Carmelite Seminary comprises of Fr. Ivo Dias as a Superior, Fr. Macson Dabre (Director), Fr. Praveen D’Souza (Director of Emmaus), Fr. Ivan Sequeira, Fr. Anthony Dsouza and Br. Hillary Rodrigues (Regent) along with 17 candidates from different parts of Karnataka, and Maharashtra. 09 from Mangalore, 04 from Karwar Diocese, 02 each from Shimoga, and 01 from Vasai. After the breakfast Rev. Fr. Provincial addressed our orientation brothers. He guided, motivated and wished them all the success. The inauguration was concluded by singing a thanksgiving Hymn to our Lord Jesus. The entire Province wishes all the best to the formative community and the budding Carmelites and accompanies through our prayerful support.

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