The Joy of Carmel relived in Canada
As a climax of the pastoral visitation of
Provincial, Fr. Charles Serrao to the friars in
Canada, the Annual Gathering of Carmelite friars
working in Canada was held at St. Thomas More
Parish, Calgary from October 15th to 18, 2018. Fr.
John Pinto and Fr. Roshan D’Souza hosted the
gathering. This Annual Gathering began with the
Evening Prayer in honour of our Holy Mother St.
Teresa of Avila followed by the Inaugural Mass which
was attended by the OCDS members of Calgary and a
good number of parishioners. Fr. Charles Serrao,
Provincial presided over the Mass and Fr. Joachim
Pereira, the Episcopal Vicar for Religious of the
Diocese of Calgary preached a quite appealing homily
based on the life and teachings of St. Teresa of
Avila. The Jubilarians Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas and
Fr. Ranjan D’Sa were specially remembered in prayer
during the Mass. In his felicitation speech after
the Mass Fr. Jerald D’Souza, the Regional Superior
spoke about the Jubilarians calling to our memories
the days lived in the formation years. The rest of
the days of the gathering were dedicated for the
meeting in common with all the friars under the
guidance of Fr. Provincial. Fr. Venil D’Souza, the
newly arrived friar to Canada and Fr. Jaison Tellis
were chosen to be the secretaries for the meeting.
Rev. William McGratten, the Bishop of the Diocese of
Calgary was welcomed to the gathering and an evening
was spent in his company. In all, the gathering was
quite rewarding and an occasion to relive the joyful
moments of Carmel together.