V CENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF ST. TERESA OF JESUS
WESTERN CANADA OCDS
As Carmelites worldwide celebrated the V Centenary
of the Birth of St. Teresa of Jesus, the Carmelites
of Western Canada OCDS culminated the year long
festivities on October 17, 2015 at St. Edmund’s
Parish, North Vancouver, BC with a lively
celebration attended by close to 200 of the faithful
who came to give honor to our Holy Mother, Master of
Prayer and Doctor of the Church.
The day commenced with Mass officiated by former
Provincial, Fr. Archibald Gonsalves and
concelebrated by Fr. Rudolf D’Souza, Fr. Manoj
Braganza, Fr. Jerald D’Souza, Fr. Mario Fernandes,
Fr. Victor Fernandes, Fr. Godwin Pinto and Fr.
Jaison Tellis. The Lower Mainland Communities
together with the out of province Communities of
Calgary and Vernon pulled off an excellent display
of exhibits, colourful banners and decorative
pennants throughout the parish hall. Our guests
learned about the life and works of St. Teresa of
Avila, Spanish reformer of the Carmelites and Patron
Saint of Spain.
In his introduction, Fr. Jerald D’Souza, our
Provincial Delegate, remarked, “We have come
together to talk about St. Teresa’s life, her
spirituality and her relevance today in a modern
society. Many people confuse her with St. Therese of
Lisieux or other similarly named saints. Today we
make our best efforts to bring St. Teresa to
others.” Fr. D’Souza noted the importance of
bringing the Carmelite spirituality to the lay
people and he hoped the scheduled program would help
those present apply the lessons of St. Teresa to
their prayer life, meditation and reading of the
The celebration included inspirational presentations
by Fr. Rudolf D’Souza, Regional Superior of Canada
on the “Carmelite Tradition of Prayer according to
St. Teresa of Avila” and by Fr. Archibald Gonsalves
on the “Relevance of St. Teresa of Avila Today”.
The event featured a play on the life of St. Teresa
with a supporting cast of Secular Carmelites and a
member from the parish community who portrayed St.
Teresa. An enthusiastic crowd applauded and received
much in-sight into the life of St. Teresa, a woman
who was head-over-heels in love with God. The
comments received were extremely positive and
complimentary with requests for a repeat
performance. The play was written, produced and
directed by Remi Vasquez OCDS.
The event concluded with Mass officiated by Father
Provincial Charles Serrao and concelebrated by Fr.
Archibald Gonsalves. Fr. Rudolf D’Souza, Fr. Jerald
D’Souza, Fr. Mario Fernandes, and Fr. Victor
Fernandes. Our friars, Bro. Joseph Giroux and
secular members gathered together and closed the day
with a sumptuous dinner.
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