Victims of Love: Six Brothers' Solemn Profession in Carmel
May 22, 2024, a Wednesday, marked a day of celebration and rejoicing as six brothers—Pranay Pereira, Alwin D’Souza, Elston Monteiro, Stin George, Loy Jackson Crasta, and Hilary Rodrigues—made their Solemn Profession, thereby perpetually embracing the life of Carmel. Inspired by the spirituality of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, they chose the poignant theme “To be little victims of Love” for their sacred commitment.

The solemn Eucharistic celebration began at 3:30 PM, presided over by Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, Provincial Superior, accompanied by 46 priests from various province communities and the diocesan clergy. In his homily, Fr. Provincial highlighted the lives of Carmelite saints, emphasizing their deep connection with God’s love. He invited the brothers to be true “victims of God’s love” in their daily lives as Carmelites, echoing the spirit of self-surrender and devotion. The liturgy was animated by Br. Prithesh Crasta, enhancing the spiritual atmosphere of the occasion.

Adding a melodious spiritual flavour to the celebration was the Carmel Choir, whose harmonious singing uplifted the entire ceremony. Following the Mass, a short felicitation was organized. Fr. Babush Rodrigues skillfully compered the program, while Fr. Deep Fernandes offered a heartfelt toast, acknowledging the unique talents and qualities of each brother, as well as the immense sacrifice of their parents in offering their sons to the Carmelite life. Fr. Provincial extended his blessings and best wishes to the newly professed brothers.

As the province rejoiced in welcoming these six brothers, it extended its best wishes for their perseverance, joy, and happiness in their newly embraced life.

During this celebratory event, Fr. Ivan D’Souza, Director of Dhyanavana Publications, introduced two significant literary works: “Mystical Gaze at the Mystery of Incarnation” by Fr. Gregory D’Souza and “Words that Matter – Spiritual Glossary” by Fr. Rudolf D’Souza. These books were ceremoniously released by Fr. Provincial, Fr. Melvin D’Cunha, Superior of St Joseph’s Monastery, and the newly professed brothers. The KG Province congratulated these friars for their valuable literary contributions to spirituality.

This day will be remembered as a milestone for the six brothers who have dedicated their lives to the path of Carmel, a testament to their unwavering faith and commitment to the spiritual journey inspired by St. Thérèse.

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