REPORT OF THE CANADIA CARMELITES ANNUAL GATHERING AT LITTLE
FLOWER MONASTERY Ė CARMEL HILL - CANADA
Our Provincial Superior, Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao
arrived on 12th of September and visited all our communities
in the Eastern region of Canada till 17th of September.
The first annual gathering of all the friars in the Canada
region in this triennium was held from 18th to 20th
September at Little Flower Monastery Ė Carmel Hill, Deroche,
The first day began with the Holy Eucharistic celebration
with the participation of the Secular Carmelites. Two
Secular Carmelite candidates pronounced their definitive
vows and one was accepted into Secular Carmelite community.
After the Solemn Eucharistic Celebration the newly installed
Stations of the Cross were blessed by Rev. Fr. Provincial,
while Fr. Rudolf V. DíSouza cut the ribbon and declared the
Stations of the Cross open to public.
The actual proceedings of the annual meeting began in the
afternoon. Fr. Mario Fernandes led the community into prayer
and Fr. Rudolf V. DíSouza welcomed Fr. Provincial and the
Canada Region members to the meeting. Fr. Provincial briefed
the friars about the proceedings in the recent Provincial
Chapter and then gave a birds-eye view of life within the
Province enumerating the prospects for the future and
challenges we are facing. All the members were happy to hear
about various projects that have been undertaken.
The Regional Superior, Fr. Rudolf V. DíSouza presented a
brief report of the Triennium (2014-2017). Then the points
of the agenda were discussed, beginning from presentation of
the annual accounts by Fr. Jerald DíSouza, discussion was
held on Vocation promotion, Secular Carmelites, and the
ongoing projects in the Region. Later each priest was asked
to give a brief report of his ministry in the respective
In the evening after a mouth watering meal provided by the
community, members shared their stories and spent time in
On September 19th the meeting resumed at 9.00 a.m. with the
rest of the agenda. At the end of the meeting the Guidelines
revised by the Provincial Council were discussed and Fr.
Provincial noted the changes which would presented to the
Provincial Council and approved.
Rev. Fr. Provincial thanked Fr. Rudolf V. DíSouza for being
the Regional Superior for 8 years and initiating many
projects, especially that of Little Flower Monastery, Carmel
Hill and Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre at Edmonton. He
also acknowledged the services of Fr. John Alex Pinto the
previous Regional Superior. He then announced the name of
the new Regional Superior: Fr. Jerald DíSouza. This
appointment was followed by the announcement of the Delegate
Provincial for the Secular Carmelites: Fr. Steny Mascarenhas,
Co-ordinator for the Eastern Region: Fr. Ranjan DíSa and the
new bursar Fr. Melvin Pinto.
Rev. Fr. Provincial assured his prayers and support to the
new team and wished them all success. He congratulated all
the fathers and Bro. Joseph for the wonderful testimony and
Carmelite witness they were giving in Canada. All the
bishops are very much appreciative of our fathers including
Frs. Melvin Pinto and Ronald Sequeira who were serving in
Prince George diocese till July 2017.
With a prayer and good wishes the meeting concluded at 6 pm.