June 23, 2016 – was a red letter day in the life of Fr Alphonse Britto and the Karnataka Goa Province, as he successfully defended his doctoral thesis on the theme – “Integration of Christian Spirituality and Contemplation in the life and teachings of Pope John Paul II: A Study with a special reference to His Apostolic Exhortations Christifideles Laici, Pastores Dabo Vobis and Vita Consecrata”. The doctoral defense was held at the Pontifical Theological Faculty and Pontifical Institute of Spirituality, Teresianum, Rome. It was commenced at 16-00 hours which was attended by sizeable number of Carmelites from Teresianum, Santa Maria della Scala and Santa Maria Empoli and his friends.

The moderator Prof. Bruno Moriconi OCD applauded the research of the new doctor. At the same time the other examiners such as Prof. Francis Chittuparambil OCD and Prof. Adrian Attard OCD conveyed their appreciation for the methodical development of the thesis. The new doctor efficiently responded the queries of the examiners.

The entire research was comprised of four chapters where the new doctor has integrated the aspect of spirituality and contemplation according to the teachings of John Paul II. The panel of assessors were pleased with the research work and the president of the faculty on behalf of all the examiners declared officially saying – we have a new doctor in the person of Dr Alphonse Britto. After which all the participants felicitated the new doctor and participated in the joy sharing the sweets and the snacks. The K.G. Province rejoices and salutes the new doctor in the field of Spirituality and wishes him every success in the years to come.

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