“Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision. Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.” – Pope Francis

In the voyage of love, captained by the Lord, the last sail that is unfurled in the long formation of priesthood is the precious four years of Theological Studies. Despite the onslaughts of the pandemic, with firm trust in patronage of St. Joseph and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Joseph’s Monastery, Carmel Hill, Mangaluru, officially inaugurated the academic year 2021 – 2022. The year was officiated at 7 pm through the Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr. Charles Serrao, the Prior of the community, concelebrated by Fr. Lancy Lewis – the Master of Students, Fr. Barnabas and other priests of the community. By the lighting of the lamp, the community sought the assistance of the ‘Light of the World’ to lead us in faith, wisdom and discretion throughout the year. Fr. Charles in his homily centred on the ‘Beatitudes’ addressed the students to live a life of conviction based on the principles of discipline, academic excellence, integrity and responsibility.

The community rejoices in having 7 brothers in the first year, 5 in the second and third year and 3 in their final year that makes up a total of 20 theology students. The Lord has indeed blessed our province with vocations which will be fructified by theological studies. The mass concluded with the resonance of solemn ‘Salve Regina’ after which the friars joined for a fraternal meal!

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