We thank the Lord for the gift of eleven new aspirants to the Karnataka-Goa Province. On 5th June was inaugurated the ‘Initiation Course’ for the year 2016-2017, at Avila Jyothi, Carmelite Seminary, Mapusa – Goa. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza OCD, Provincial Councillor for Vocation Promotion (in the absence of the Provincial, who is away in Rome), presided over the Sunday Eucharist. The friars of the formation community and the Vocation Promoters who had accompanied the boys to Mapusa, concelebrated.

The new aspirants joined the entrance procession, after which there was the symbolic lighting of the lamp. Let us introduce the new aspirants to you:
Br. Aldric - Moodbidri, Mangalore
Br. Anthony - Gopalapura, Mysore
Br. Arun – Gangondanahalli, Bangalore
Br. Cristan – Chandavar, Karwar
Br. Jerome - Belthangady, Mangalore
Br. Levin - Mira Road, Mumbai
Br. Nirav - Anand, Gujarat
Br. Regan – Begur, Bangalore
Br. Shailesh – Moodbidri, Mangalore
Br. Stany - Hassan
Br. Vinod – Badyar, Mangalore

We are grateful to the vocation Promoters who have worked hard throughout the year in order to help these young boys respond to the call of God.

At the end of the Mass, the Superior , Fr. Alexandre Braganza, welcomed the aspirants to Mapusa and also introduced the regent, Br. Ashwath D’Souza, who would be part of the community in the coming year. He thanked the teachers who selflessly render their services in teaching our brothers the nuances of the English language. Finally, he expressed his gratitude to all the people who frequent our Chapel and support us in various ways.

On behalf of the Province, Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, thanked all the benefactors who extended their mite to renovate the section of the students in the monastery, so that it is more comfortable for their stay. It was also an occasion to felicitate, Fr. Ashwin D’Silva, our newly ordained priest, who began his journey to Priesthood in Mapusa 13 years ago. Coincidentally, while at present, he is the youngest priest in the province, we had in our midst also the senior most priest – Fr. Paul D’Souza (57 years a priest!). May God be praised!

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