INAUGURATION OF LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY AT CARMEL HILL - VANCOUVER - CANADA

Dear Friends,

Today is the day October 15th, 2015, the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. We the Discalced Carmelites of Karnataka Goa Province in India and in Canada are grateful to God and to all of you for coming here to participate in our joy at the inauguration of Little Flower Monastery at Carmel Hill. Our hearts turn to God for his providence, inspiration and guidance. We wholeheartedly thank Helen Chua Tiampo who generously contributed towards this whole project in memory of her loving parents Jaime and Josefina Chua Tiampo. This is the first ever monastery by the Karnataka Goa Province of the Discalced Carmelites established in Canada - Vancouver.

The day was a sunny a beautiful day indeed. The guest arrived at the site by 10 buses and many other guests arrived by their own private vehicles. It was estimated that around 700 people were present for the event and 50 priest and three bishops for the liturgical celebrations. It was a fantastic celebration that highlighted the features of Karnataka Goa Province. Rev. Fr. Charle Serrao Provincial delivered a wonderfully prepared message, followed by a prophetic message from our previous provincial Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD. Archbishop Michael encouraged the congregation to pray for this facility that it may cater to future vocations and to spread Carmelites Spirituality. After the Holy Eucharistic celebration the Souvenir of Carmel Hill was released by Bishop Monreo and Helen release Fr. Rudolf's book THE WAY LESS TRAVELLED.

A wonderful meal was prepared by John Carlos and Company. Everyone was happy and enjoyed this unique occasion.

We thank our Archbishop Most Reverend J. Michael Miller CSB for his wholehearted support in granting us permission to begin this project and for his continued encouragement. We are grateful also to Most Reverend F. B. Henry ( Bishop Calgary Diocese) and Most Reverend David J. Monroe Bishop of Kamloops for their valuable presence, prayers and blessings on this occasion.

Our Provincial Fr. Charles Serrao OCD present amidst us today to witness this great event along with our previous Provincial Fr. Archibald R. Gonsalves OCD who actually encouraged us to have a house of our own in Canada during his many visits in the last few years. We are grateful to their support and prayers.

We want to acknowledge the co-operation extended to us by the Fraser Valley Rural Development Authority for their support and permissions for developing this property was represented by David Bennet. We appreciate the tireless efforts by the Architect John Clark and his assistant Paul Owens in designing this beautiful edifice of God. The Alfred Horie Construction Company have achieved this feat within a whopping 8 months time is remarkable indeed and deserves our congratulations and applause. Our special thanks go to Steve Paone and his team; in a very concrete way to Dennis Cadrain (Site Superintendent); Allen, Mark, Robert and other wonderful workers. We are grateful to Darrell Wickstrom for his tireless efforts at granting us timely advise on this project. Steve Creighton helped us to co-ordinate the whole event of this celebration. We thank Francis Wong who was instrumental in coordinating the entire progress of the building work. Stewart Hayashi was also instrumental in getting us the Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society along with Francis Wong. We also acknowledge the presence of Mr. Ben Kernan from Florida; and Pam Prior, Emmet McGrath, Mr. Kent and others who contributed their share towards making this event a memorable one. We thank the guest priest who came from Rome: Fr. Ivan Pinto, Fr. Lawrence D'Mello and Fr. Manoj Braganza. We thank the local news papers and especially BC Catholic for their coverage of this event. We thank Rizalina Geronimo, Jennifer Po and Oscar Geronimo for their support and help. Especially we thank our Carmelites Fr. Jerald D'Souza, Fr. Rajesh Madtha, Bro. Joseph Giroux and Fr. Jason for their help and support. We also thank all the Carmelites who came from different regions of Canada.

We thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. May God be praised through all these works for his glory. We continue to pray for Helen's health and may God grant her long life and happiness.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Regional Superior - Canada


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Dear Friends,
Here are the speeches delivered on the day of the inauguration of the little flower monastery. You will enjoy them.




BRITISH COLUMBIA CATHOLIC NEWS PAPER REPORT ON LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY INAUGURATION


Article that appeared on the British Columbia News Paper

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