The five postulants namely Br. Royston D'Souza, Br. Fleming D'Souza, Br. Wilton Fernandes, Br. Likson Figreda, and Br. Vijay Roston Sequeira, began their canonical novitiate life on 30 April 2021 with the rite of initiation into the religious life celebrated during the Vespers. Fr. John Pinto, the Superior of Tapovana, presided over the Vestition rite and gave them an official welcome to the novitiate life. To the query: What do you ask from us? the postulants replied together in these words - We wish to try your way of life, and are willing to be tested ourselves, that we may follow Christ wholeheartedly, in this Order of Discalced Friars of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. Fr. Ashwath, the newly Ordained priest gave an introduction and animated the whole liturgy. Fr. Alfred J. Menezes, the Novice Master addressed the postulants on the meaning of the religious life and the spirit of the Order by calling their attention to their steady journey to Union with God in love. The ceremony concluded with the singing of Salve Regina in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and with kiss of peace by all the members of the community. Thereafter the community congratulated the novices for their courageous and bold decision to continue in their vocation to Carmel.

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