Report on the Celebrations held in Mangalore of
Canonization of Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified
Certainly it was the power and presence of
Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified (Mary Baouardy)
that gave the inspiration to the Sisters of the
Sacred Heart Monastery Cloistered Carmel
Kankanady, Mangalore to envisage a celebration
locally, to mark the great event of her
Canonization by Pope Francis on May 17, 2015.
The events planned and details worked out were
successfully accomplished.. All praise and
thanks to God through the intercession of St.
Mary of Jesus Crucified.
May 16, 2015, Symposium for Religious (Sisters
The Symposium was meant to provide an additional
opportunity for the religious of the Diocese to
celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life with yet
another event for taking inspiration for our
life through the life and example of Mary
Baouardy at the time of her Canonization. The
same was organized by the Sisters of the
Apostolic Carmel at St. Ann’s Convent, under the
joint initiative of Sr. Linette AC, Provincial
Superior Karnataka Province and Sr. M. Shalini
A.C., Superior of St. Ann’s Convent. The
Symposium was held at the Conference Hall, St.
Ann’s College of Education, Mangalore. About 350
persons took part in the symposium. Prior to the
official programme, all the participants were
fortified with a hot cup of tea and delicious
snacks and the Symposium started at 3.15 p.m.
Sr. Linette the Provincial Superior welcomed the
gathering, Sr. Linette D’Souza AC compeered the
session. The Apostolic Carmel Sisters sang two
hymns suited to the occasion one as prayer at
the start and the other at the end of the
Symposium, composed for the occasion to hail
Mary Baouardy. The Theme of the Conference was:
‘Life of Mary Baouardy, an inspiration for
Religious’. Fr. Pius James ocd gave the keynote
address and moderated the session at which Sr.
Liceria dealt with the historical background of
her life; Sr. Olivia AC with the spirituality
and virtues of Mary Baouardy and Fr. Joe Tauro
on the theological perspectives of her life.
After the presentation the Moderator invited
questions from the floor. The progrmme was
concluded with a vote of thanks by Sr. Nirmala
Francis A.C. Provincial Secretary. The second
part of the programme was very touching. All
moved to the Oratory of Mary of Jesus Crucified
there was a short adoration led by Sr. Linette
and Benediction given by Fr. Pius James. All
then stayed back to breathe in the sanctity of
Mary Baouardy by going round the place and
paying a visit to the room where she lived and
the altar at which she made her Final Profession
on November 21, 1871. After the prayer session
at the oratory, sisters went back to the
conference hall to view the documentary
screened. The same was produced by Daivik Amrith
Other celebrations connected with the event
In preparation for the golden event of the
canonization, a Triduum was held at the
Cloistered Carmel Chapel with the Eucharist and
homily held on the evenings of May 14, 15 and 16
at 5.30 p.m. Fr. Ravi Santosh Kamath sj.
conducted the services on the first two days and
Fr. Walter D’Souza ocd on the third day. On all
the three days announcements were made to
acquaint the faithful about the special
celebration on 17 May. Good publicity was given
to all the celebrations both in preparation and
of the day, through display of banners at
strategic public points and also by
announcements in the Churches as well as through
all the catholic periodicals.. The May 2015
issue of Naman Ballok Jesu, the monthly organ
published by the Carmelite Fathers, was
dedicated to Mary Baouardy and her life was made
known to all and sundry by a free distribution
of the issue on May 17 after the celebrations.
Thanks to Rev. Fr. Andrew D’Souza, a documentary
titled “The Hidden Treasure” (“Lipullen Dirven”)
is prepared by Daivik Amruth Media and is made
available for viewing in the Daijiworld site, as
a tribute to Saint Mary Baouardy and to the
praise of God’s glory for giving to the Church
such a precious and great saint to inspire
everyone in all walks of life!.
May 17, 2015
The gate and the boundary wall of the Sacred
Heart Monastery of the Cloistered Carmel Sisters
was beautifully decorated with cloth scholups,
flowers, and illumination for the celebration
and all eyes were drawn to behold the beauty of
the place. The celebrations started on May 17,
2015, at 4.30 p.m. with Holy Eucharist, presided
over by Most Rev. Dr. A. P. D’Souza, Bishop of
Mangalore; Most Rev. Dr. Robert Miranda Bishop
of Gulbarga concelebrated. Mgr Denis Moras
Prabhu, Rev. Fr. Pius James D’Souza Episcopal
Vicar, Rev Fr. Stervin SCJ Superior of Betharram
Fathers, Rev. Fr. Joseph Martis, Rector St.
Joseph Inter-diocesan Seminary Jeppu, Rev. Fr.
Richard Coelho Administrator Fr. Muller Hospital
were official representatives. 46 priests
concelebrated. Seating arrangement was done for
more than 2000 people with the help of TV
Screens and shamiyana with chairs in and around
the Monastery Chapel and the gallery. The
melodious singing by Githanjali Choir led by Mr.
Adolph Lobo added rich luster to the .liturgy.
Rev. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues ocd was the
Liturgical Animator cum MC. The concelebrants
vested on Fr. Muller Hospital premises and
walked in solemn procession across the road and
entered the Monastery gate and the entrance of
the Chapel. Rev. Fr. Gregory D’Souza ocd
preached a meaningful homily highlighting the
significant aspects of the life of Mary Baouardy,
drawing inspiration from the same and applying
them to us as baptized Catholics and members of
"As Jesus died and rose to heaven, he showed a
way for disciples. In the same way the life of
St Mary Boauardy is an example for us to follow.
It is indeed a happy moment for all of us that a
saint lived here and professed her oath in
Cloistered Carmel, Kankanady. The Word of God
was alive in her life and it has been given
fruition by canonizing her a saint.
Narrating the life of St Mary Baouardy, he said,
"She lost her parents at the age of two and her
brother was her only family, but they too were
separated when they were adopted by different
families. She never saw her brother again till
her death. After being adopted she was not
provided education, was tortured and at the age
of 12 she was forced to marry, but she was
determined to remain single. She was ready to
sacrifice her life for the faith she had in God.
The greatest gift which we have received from
our ancestors and the missionaries is the
Christian faith. Are we ready to die to defend
it today?""Let us pray to the saint and follow
in her path in our daily lives," he urged.
An encouraging message was addressed also to the
Cloistered sisters of the monastery to live up
to their mission of prayer and contemplative
living to strengthen the call to evangelize the
Many sponsors and donors had generously come
forward to defray all the expenses and the
celebrations became very meaningful and grand.
All were served refreshments and soft drink
after Mass. The dignitaries were taken in
procession from the Cloistered Carmel Monastery
gate to the Fr Muller Hospital premises for the
second part of the programme. The place was
elegantly arranged for the sound and light
programme in Kannada on the life of Mary
Baouardy, put up by the White Doves Mrs. Corrine
Rasquinha and Mr. Bannu Fernandes being the
Director and writer respectively of the play.
This was preceded by a half hour official stage
programme. Bishop of Gulbarga was the President
and delivered his message. The Catholic Leaders
of Mangalore were recognized and felicitated
with flowers and a memento. The Dignitaries were
M.L.A. Mr. J.R. Lobo, MLC. Mr. Ivan D’Souza, Mr.
Roy Castelino ,President Konkani Sahitya Academy
Karnataka, Mr. M.P. Noronha Pastoral Council
Secretary Mangalore Diocese, Four Winds Director
Mr. Elias Fernandes, being the lay
representatives. Sr. Jacintha ocd of the
Cloistered Carmel, Sr. Linette A.C., Provincial
Superior, Rev. Fr. Pius James D’Souza ocd,
Episcopal Vicar, rev. Fr. Joe Tauro ocd,
Superior St. Joseph’s Monastery Kulshekar, Rev.
Fr. Stervin SCJ Superior Betharram Fathers, Rev.
fr. Richard Coelho Administrator Fr. Muller
Charitable Institutions, Rev. Fr. James D’Souza
Parish Priest, Valencia Church were the
religious persons among them. The other members
of the Planning and Coordinating Committee
Sistrers Liceria, Sr. Shalini, Sr. Olivia were
also honoured with a memento. In recognition of
the yeomen service rendered so generously and
seeing to the overall arrangement and for being
the liaison for the entire programme Mr. Stannny
D’Cunha was felicitated. So too were Mr. Elias
Fernandes Four Winds Director, Mrs. Corrine
Rasquinha Director of ‘White Doves’ and Mr.
Bannu Fernandes Writer of the Play – they
received a shawl, garland, fruit basket and
Memento. At the official programme the
Documentary prepared by Daivik Amrith Media was
released by Mr. J.R. Lobo and the folder on the
life sketch of St. Mary of Jesus Crucified
prepared by Sr. Olivia was released by Mr. Ivan
D’Souza. The welcome speech was rendered by Mr.
M.P. Noronha, Vote of Thanks by Fr. Pius James
D’Souza while official programme was compeered
by Mr. Sheldon Crasta.
The beautiful sound and light programme on the
life of St. Mary Baouardy rendered in Kannada
titled “Rahasya Nidhi” was the highlight of the
evening. The same was well appreciated. Gentle
rain fell on the place like showers of blessing,
but it was not torrential so that with open
umbrellas the audience was able to sustain their
attention undisturbed and appreciate the
St. Mary of Jesus Crucified will remain as a
saint for the people of Mangalore. Even though
she lived here for little less than two years,
her wonderful and impactful influence on the
people of Mangalore will remain as a blessing.
More than that the Cloistered Carmel Sisters at
Kankanady rejoice that she was the Pioneer and
co-foundress of the Monastery and has played the
role of the prophet to identify the donour for
the Monastery and her divine intervention from
heaven to point out the location of the place
and the start and completion of the Convent at
Kankanady in 1882. Mary Baouardy’s Oratory and
room occupied by her at St. Ann’s will hereafter
become a pilgrim centre and the shrine at
Kankanady a place of ;prayer. God be praised in
his saint, St. Mary of Jesus Crucified, the
Little Nothing, St. Mary Baouardy!