Welcoming New Members with Joy to Embrace the Call to Serve and Follow the Carmelite Way.
The Canonically established Secular Carmel Community (OCDS) of St. Teresa of Avila, Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru-575005, affiliated with St. Joseph’s Monastery at Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru, is pleased to announce that two more members have made their Temporary Promise. Mrs. Susheela Dsouza and Mrs. Gracy Noronha made their Promise on the Feast day of Sacred Heart of Jesus - Friday, the 7th of June 2024 at 4:00 p.m. The concelebrated high Mass was presided over by Rev. Fr. Melvin D’Cunha, OCD, Superior of St. Joseph’s Monastery, Bikarnakatte, along with Rev. Fr.Dominic Vas, OCD, Parish Priest of Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi, and Rev. Fr. Ivan D’Souza, OCD, the Spiritual Assistant of the OCDs community.

The Mass was followed by a small gathering in the community hall. Rev. Fr. Melvin D’Cunha, OCD, presided over the function. Also in attendance were Rev. Fr. Ivan D’Souza, OCD, Mrs. Jacintha Lobo, OCDS, President, Dr. Laveena Dmello, OCDS, Provincial Council Secretary, and the newly committed Mrs. Susheela Dsouza and Mrs. Gracy Noronha.

The program commenced with a welcome address by Mr. Gracian Dsouza, followed by an introduction of the members by Mrs. Jane Sequeira. Rev. Fr. Ivan D’Souza, OCD, delivered an inspiring message. During the gathering, the new members shared their journeys of being called by God to their vocation, the training they underwent, and the support they received from other community members. Rev. Fr. Melvin D’Cunha, OCD, gave the presidential address, appreciating the members' zeal to join the OCDS and their dedication to following Mother Mary and the Carmelite Saints. Mrs. Lucy Pais gave the vote of thanks, and the entire event was compered by Mrs. Mary Rebello.

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