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Dear Friends,
The Precautions of St. John of the Cross are a precious treasure for those who wish to live an authentic Christian life and attain perfection of Christian charity within a short period of time. When reading the Precautions, we may feel they are hard and too tough to practice, but the intention of St. John of the Cross was to help the aspirants to experience God in their daily life and be united with Him on a daily basis regardless of the difficulties involved. These are very practical recommendations and are helpful for spiritual direction and discernment. Here I have prepared a short commentary on these precautions, which I presume will be useful for spiritual reading and spiritual growth. These reflections will be uploaded on the Carmelite Website of our Province shortly.

Thanking you,
Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD

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Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre, Edmonton, Canada

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Distribution of Scholarships to children of Visually Impaired parents
Bengaluru, May 11: A Carmelite NGO, Dhyana Jyothi Trust, stepped in to make a small but considerate impact in the lives of the children of thirty Visually Impaired parents that depicted a noble purpose of Love and Charity. Under the banner, 'Carmel Vision for the Future,’ scholarships of approximately Rs 7 Lakhs were provided for these children on 11th May 2024 at KROSS, Bengaluru. Fr Ivan D'souza, the Director of the Trust in his message, remarked at the Milestone of completing the Tenth Year of Service in this Scholarship Programme. He said that Education to children especially to those of visually impaired parents is a Carmelite Venture. Though the parents are blind, they have a great desire to brighten the lives of their children. Carmelite priests have taken up this unique initiative with the help of the donors and benefactors.” Also, Nelly Prichardo, coordinator of ‘Carmel Vision for Future’ said, “Parents are not only blind, they are also poor. Hence, they cannot afford to educate their children. On the contrary, children are highly talented and fare very well in their studies. Hence, we feel it is our responsibility to lend them a helping hand.” The parents of these kids suffer from total or partial blindness and thus struggle to earn a living. While they find it extremely difficult to educate their children, the children in turn lack the support they need financially, in spite of their excellent performance in Academics. Therefore, Dhyana Jyothi, a Charitable Trust by the Carmelite priests which also takes up printing of Religious and Social Literature counts on its generous Benefactors and Sponsors who manifest their Generosity by being a light in the path of the future of these children.

Inauguration of Carmel Garments Unit at Kadaganchi
Carmel Garments, the Kadaganchi unit of Carmel Garments Jagalur, experienced a momentous occasion on May 14, 2024, as it was grandly inaugurated. Reverend Fr. Stany Lobo, Vicar General of Gulbarga Diocese, graced the event, marking a significant milestone for the community. The event commenced with a warm welcome extended by Fr. Deepak Thomas, followed by Fr. Sundeep Goveas honouring Fr. Stany with a shawl. Fr. William Miranda further embellished the ceremony by presenting a flower bouquet, symbolizing the flourishing of this new endeavour. Following the cutting of the ceremonial ribbons by Fr. Stany and the bestowing of blessings upon the center, Carmel Garments Kadaganchi was officially inaugurated. The event was attended not only by esteemed clergy but also by the dedicated staff of Mount Carmel Kadaganchi and the women from the village.

"Divine Calling: Fourth Carmelite Ordained to Priesthood in Karwar Diocese"
On May 10, 2024, a momentous occasion unfolded at St. Anthony's Church, Mundkani, Honnavar, as Bishop Duming Dias of the Diocese of Karwar presided over the ordination of a fourth Carmelite deacon, Siltan Noronha OCD, to the priesthood. The ceremony radiated joy, attended by a gathering of 70 priests, comprising Carmelites, Diocesan members, and other religious, alongside a multitude of witnesses from the parish and friends’ circle. In his reflections on the profound significance of priesthood, Bishop emphasized its divine mandate, stating, "God sends a priest to proclaim the Gospel, sanctify his people, and continue the mission of mercy, being a man of God and the Church." He further elucidated the essence of priesthood, highlighting the divine calling, anointing, and commissioning that underpin a priest's sacred duties. Drawing parallels to the redemptive mission of Jesus Christ, the bishop underscored the priest's role as a steward of this divine legacy. Echoing the bishop's sentiments, Fr. Silvestre D'Souza, Provincial Superior of the Carmelites, expressed gratitude for the bishop's presence and underscored the enduring bond between the Diocese of Karwar and the Carmelites. He extended heartfelt congratulations to the bishop, who recently marked the completion of one month since his episcopal ordination. Additionally, he thanked Fr. Siltan's parents, acknowledging their pivotal role in nurturing his vocation.

Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre Prepares for Inauguration: A Sneak Peek Inside
May 08, 2024: Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre is on the tip of its grand inauguration, heralding a new chapter in spiritual enrichment and community engagement. As anticipation builds, the first glimpses of the interior furnishing unveil a space poised to inspire and nurture the soul. Mr. Aman, the supervisor of the construction, recently led the friars on a comprehensive tour of the premises, showcasing the meticulous craftsmanship and thoughtful design that defines the Centre's ambiance. With 95% of the construction completed, every corner reflects a labour of love and devotion. As the final touches are put in place, Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre stands ready to embrace its role as a bastion of solace and enlightenment in the community.

Love has chosen me as a Holocaust… Five Novices Embrace Their Sacred Journey to Carmel with First Profession"
Five novices, Brs Brayan V. Lobo, Clavin D'souza, Daniel Mathias, Mark Murali, and Rheyan Fernandes, embarked on their sacred journey into Carmel by making their first religious profession at Tapovana in Kushalnagar on May 1, 2024. The concelebrated Holy Mass was presided over by Rev. Fr. Silvestre Dsouza, the Provincial Superior of Karnataka Goa, together with the Provincial Councillors, forty priests from Carmelite and other religious congregations, and diocesan clergy. The profound moment of their simple profession was witnessed by numerous religious women, family members, well-wishers of Tapovana, and the lay faithful from the Parish of Kushalnagar. In his homily, the Provincial invited the novices to abide in the love of Jesus and to remain faithful to the steadfast love they have professed. The liturgy was animated by Fr. Antony Stephen, and the felicitation program was conducted by Deacon Siltan Noronha. The melodious choir was led by thirteen postulants who had just embarked on their novitiate on April 30, the previous day. Fr. Provincial extended his congratulations to the newly professed brothers and expressed gratitude to their parents for entrusting their sons to the Order and the Church. Fr. Joseph D'souza extended his thanks to all present for their participation. Finally, all attendees were invited to share in the agape meal, marking the culmination of a joyous celebration.

Magnificat - Seeking Mary's intercession
On Wednesday, April 24, 2024, a special prayer service was held under the banner of Magnificat to seek divine blessings for the upcoming General Elections of 2024 at the Infant Jesus Shrine in Bikarnakatte-Mangaluru. The service was organized to pray for Mary's intercession and to seek the blessings of the Lord for the entire election process, the second phase of which will be held on Friday. The service commenced with the meaningful recitation of the Rosary. Following the Rosary, there was Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and the Holy Eucharist was also celebrated. Fr. Clifford Rodrigues OCD, a newly ordained priest from the Asha Deepa Monastery in Madanthyar, led the entire service. A moderate crowd of faithful gathered for the service, filled with hope and faith that their prayers would be answered. Intense prayers were also offered for the future of our country. Overall, it was a meaningful and inspiring event that brought people together to seek divine guidance and blessings for the nation. In addition to the prayer service, the Shrine has made sincere efforts to raise awareness about the nationwide elections. Posters and videos have been prepared regarding the General Elections 2024, reminding the faithful that participating in the elections is a noble deed and essential to safeguarding the future of our nation.

"Trifecta of Celebration: Triple Birthdays Spark Joy at Sadbhavana"
On April 22, 2024, Sadbhavana witnessed a day filled with joy and celebration as the community, alongside the friars of the Bengaluru region, came together to commemorate the Birthday and ordination day of Fr Silvestre D’Souza, the Provincial, and anticipated birthdays of Frs. Vijaya Kumar and Melwin Lasrado. The day commenced with a solemn Eucharist at 7:00 am, with the Provincial presiding over the ceremony. Fr Archibald Gonsalves delivered a poignant homily, setting the tone for the day's festivities. Later in the evening, at 7:30 pm, the celebration continued with a prayer service led by Frs. Vinod Lobo and Melwin Lasrado. This was followed by a brief felicitation ceremony held at the dining hall. Fr Prakash D’Cunha adeptly compered the event, while Fr Joachim Rodrigues raised a heartfelt toast. Speaking on behalf of the birthday celebrants, Fr Provincial shared words of gratitude and appreciation. The gathering was graced by the presence of esteemed guests, including Fr Pius James D’Souza, Definitor General, Provincial Councillors, as well as Frs. Charles Serrao and Wilfred Rodrigues from Pushpashrama; Fr George Santhumayor from Margao; and Fr Naveen Lobo from Kadaganchi. Following the formal proceedings, all the friars partook in a splendid birthday dinner prepared by Fr Henry Moras. This birthday celebration served as an opportunity to express appreciation for the selfless services rendered by the Provincial to the Province. As the celebrations drew to a close, heartfelt wishes were extended to Fr Silvestre D’Souza and the other birthday celebrants. May they continue to be blessed with peace, joy, and happiness in the years to come.

Student Retreat at Carmel Hill, Vancouver
From April 11th to 14th, Carmel Hill - Little Flower Monastery hosted a three-day retreat for 151 students, marking a significant success in fostering spiritual growth and community bonding. The retreat, meticulously managed by Fr. Vincent and Fr. Mario ensured that the needs of the participants were promptly addressed. The success of the retreat is a reflection of the sacrifices and relentless efforts of the entire team of Fathers at Carmel Hill. Their selfless service and commitment to nurturing the spiritual development of the students have left an indelible mark on all who attended. It is through their guidance and support that the retreat blossomed into a transformative journey for the students, leaving them inspired and rejuvenated. As we reflect on the triumph of the student retreat at Carmel Hill - Little Flower Monastery, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to the team of Fathers for their exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to the spiritual welfare of the participants. Their dedication serves as a beacon of light, guiding future generations towards a deeper understanding of faith and community.

Revitalizing Faith: Reflections on the New Evangelization Retreat at Little Flower Monastery
From April 16 to 29, 2024, Little Flower Monastery on Carmel Hill, Canada hosted a three-day retreat on New Evangelization for lay people from the Vancouver Archdiocese. With 60 participants in attendance, the retreat offered a deeply enriching spiritual experience. Fr. Vincent Superior and Director Fr. Mario Fernandes deserves appreciation for their contributions towards the success of the retreat. Little Flower Monastery is increasingly recognized among Catholics in the Archdiocese as a leading and accessible retreat centre. Participants were captivated by the serene green surroundings, embraced by majestic mountains and outdoor Stations of the Cross. The atmosphere provided a conducive environment for reflection and prayer, fostering spiritual growth. Attendees greatly appreciated the opportunity to immerse themselves in the retreat's offerings, taking full advantage of the facilities provided by the Discalced Carmelites. This retreat served as a testament to the monastery's commitment to spiritual enrichment, empowering participants to deepen their faith and share their experiences within their communities.

Fancy Dress Competition for Postulants
The Fancy Dress Competition was held on the evening of April 14th at the Carmelite Monastery Hall, providing an opportunity for the Postulancy Brothers to showcase their creativity and performance skills. The event aimed to encourage self-expression and teamwork among the participants. The competition allowed the Postulancy Brothers to select any topic for their fancy dress performance. They were evaluated by three external judges based on the following criteria:
• Costume • Makeup • Theme Adherence • Expression and Gestures • Novelty/Creativity • Overall Impact
The event witnessed a significant turnout, with members of the OCDs, teachers, friends, well-wishers, benefactors, and children attending to support and enjoy the performances of the Postulancy Brothers.


Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre, Edmonton, Canada
Herewith we enclose the latest photos showcasing the progress of the Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre. These images reflect that approximately 95% of the construction work has been successfully completed. As we approach the inauguration date, it's encouraging to witness the substantial advancement in the project. Please review the photos at your earliest convenience and whisper a prayer.

"Discern Your Call" Vocation Camp at Carmel Hill
St. Joseph's Monastery organized a pivotal event, the "Come to Carmel Hill to 'Discern Your Call'" vocation camp, targeted at the Mangalore region. Spanning from the 8th of April, starting at 5 PM, until the afternoon of the 10th of April, the camp attracted 50 boys, including students from 8th, 9th, and 10th grades, eager to explore their calling. The inauguration ceremony, graced by Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, Provincial Councillor for Vocation Promotion, alongside the respected Superior of St Joseph’s Monastery, Rev. Fr. Melwin D'Cunha, and Fr. John Pinto, Bursar, along with Regional Vocation Promoters, set an auspicious tone for the event. Throughout the camp, distinguished speakers such as Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, Fr. John Sequeira, Fr. Deep Fernandes, and Fr. Michael Morris imparted invaluable insights, infusing the gathering with their vibrant energy and wisdom. Crucial to the camp's success was the invaluable assistance rendered by Rev. Fr. Ashwin D'Silva and the supportive presence of brothers from Mapusa and Madanthyar, who facilitated a seamless experience for all attendees. The "Discern Your Call" camp not only provided a platform for introspection and exploration but also fostered a sense of community and solidarity among participants. It served as a platform for nurturing vocations and guiding young minds towards a purposeful path. We pray that these boys may be inspired by the Lord to embrace Carmel in following Jesus.

The Declaration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church as a Shrine
The South Africa mission has another significant reason to rejoice as the community parish, at 33 Celia Nestadt Road, Brentwood Park, Benoni which had been ministering as a virtual parish, has now been officially declared a shrine. On Tuesday, the 16th of April 2024, His Grace, Rt. Rev. Dr. Buti Tlhagale, the Archbishop of Johannesburg, proclaimed Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church as a Shrine. The solemn Eucharist was presided over by Archbishop Tlhagale at 06:00 pm, with the participation of community Fathers Fr. Rayan Pais, Fr. Boniface D'Souza, Fr. Arvin Tauro, Fr. John D'Souza, Fr. Mari Joe from Cape Town, Dn Kieth and Dn Benedict. Approximately three hundred faithful gathered for this auspicious occasion, including individuals from Our Lady of Loretto Kemptonpark and St. Joseph Parish Actonville. During the mass, special prayers were offered for the soul of Fr. Walter Lobo, a pioneer of the South African mission, who passed away last month, highlighting his invaluable contributions. In his sermon, Archbishop Tlhagale elucidated the significance of Mother Mary in the work of redemption and expounded on the meaning and necessity of the Shrine within the diocese. He commended the Carmelite Order for their selfless service in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg.

Marriage Encounter Retreat at Little Flower Monastery, Canada
The Marriage Encounter Retreat at Little Flower Monastery, Carmel Hill, from April 8th to 12th, was a resounding success. With 56 participants and their dedicated animator-preacher, the retreat provided a space for couples to deepen their connection and strengthen their relationships. Participants enjoyed their stay immensely, finding solace and inspiration amidst the serene surroundings of the monastery. The retreat fostered meaningful interactions and profound moments of reflection, leaving a lasting impact on all who attended. It was delighted to know that the participants have expressed their intention to return to the monastery in October later this year, a testament to the retreat's effectiveness and the positive experience it provided. None of this would have been possible without the invaluable guidance and wholehearted cooperation of Fr. Vincent Superior and Fr. Mario, the Director. Their leadership and support were instrumental in making this mega event a great success, for which we are immensely grateful.

Annual Easter Gathering of the KG Province Friars in Italy
The annual Easter gathering of the KG province diaspora in Italy took place on April 4th and 5th, 2024, at the serene Santuario della Madonnina in Capannori. The event was a vibrant confluence of Carmelite communities, with representatives from Santa Maria della Scala in Rome and Santa Maria a Ripa in Empoli joining together in celebration. Br. Ruben, representing the student community of Teresianum. The cornerstone of the event was the Holy Eucharist, a sacred ceremony presided over by Fr. Selva Kumar. Fr. Noel complemented the service with a reflective discourse, enriching the spiritual experience for all attendees. The congregation comprised not only the faithful but also members of the Secular Carmel and the Capannori community of the UCT sisters, fostering a sense of unity and inclusivity within the Carmelite family. In addition to the spiritual nourishment, attendees were treated to culinary delights crafted by the renowned Michelin star chef Fr. Prakash Rebello and his team. A sumptuous dinner on the 4th and an exquisite lunch on the 5th added a touch to the gathering, enhancing the sense of joy and fellowship among participants. The highlight of this year's gathering was a momentous event held on the evening of April 5th. The Capannori community had the distinct honor of hosting the General Councils of the two orders of Carmel - the OCD and the O.Carm - for a gracious tea reception. The spirit of Carmel permeated the gathering in its entirety, leaving a lasting impression on all those in attendance.

Postulants Express Gratitude to Their Teachers
On April 14th, a heartwarming event unfolded within the Carmelite Monastery in Margao as the community friars and postulants gathered to express their gratitude to their teachers. The dedicated postulants extended their heartfelt gratitude to the teachers who have tirelessly served them over the past 11 months. The teachers, with their unwavering commitment and selflessness, have been instrumental in shaping the minds and hearts of the postulants. Their guidance, patience, and passion have left an indelible mark on the lives of the postulants. As a gesture of love and appreciation, each teacher received a thoughtfully chosen gift. These tokens symbolize our deep respect and admiration for their tireless efforts. The luncheon was a time of friendship, laughter, and shared memories. Around the table, teachers and postulants alike savored the bonds that transcend the classroom. It was a moment to celebrate not only their service but also the profound impact they’ve had on our spiritual journey.

Postulants Explore Rachol Seminary and Utorda Parish
On April 11, 2024, the Postulants along with Fr Lancy Mendonca, the Director of Postulants, embarked on a significant journey to explore the Rachol Seminary, Margao. The seminarian graciously guided the brothers through the rich history of the esteemed institution, sharing its origins, notable alumni, and the spiritual legacy it has imparted over the years. From there, the Postulants proceeded to the Utorda parish, where they were warmly welcomed by Fr. Arvino Fernandes, who is also noted as a Solfege teacher. It was mentioned that his invitation was both heartfelt and genuine, and the parish reportedly radiated a sense of community and devotion. The highlight of the visit was the Samudai gathering organized by Fr. Arvino. The brothers actively participated, sharing their personal vocation stories, which reportedly resonated with the audience. The Brothers humbly requested everyone's prayers for vocations. Following the Samudai meeting, Fr. Arvino graciously took them on a few home visits. These intimate encounters allowed them to connect with parishioners, understanding their joys, struggles, and faith journeys. The climax of the visit was the delightful dinner organized by Fr. Arvino in the parish, where the brothers experienced a sense of solidarity and fellowship.

Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre, Edmonton
The new Chapel at Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre is on track for its inauguration on July 16th, 2024. Construction progress includes completion of structural elements and interior finishing. Decorations, furnishings, and technology integration are being finalized to enhance the spiritual ambiance and functionality of the space. Landscaping efforts aim to create a tranquil environment. Preparations for the inauguration event are underway. We request your prayers as the spirituality centre is getting ready for its inauguration.

"Mountains of Reflection: Indonesian Youth's Spiritual Journey in Vancouver"
April 2024 - A group of Indonesian youth recently embarked on a transformative journey to Vancouver, where they experienced a profound five-day retreat at Carmel Hill - Little Flower Monastery. Surrounded by majestic mountains and enveloped in a serene atmosphere, the participants found solace for recollection and deep contemplation. Their time at the monastery was filled with joy and spiritual growth, leaving a lasting impact on their hearts and minds. As they concluded their retreat, the group departed with a renewed sense of spirit and gratitude for the enriching experience.

Easter Vigil Celebrated at Pushpashrama
The Easter Vigil Celebration at Pushpashrama commenced with great fervor and reverence at 10:00 PM on March 30, 2024, marking the pinnacle of the Easter Triduum. The solemn occasion was presided over by Fr. Lancy Rajesh Lewis OCD, who led the congregation through the Eucharistic celebration, guiding them through the sacred rituals with grace and solemnity. A significant moment in the vigil was the blessing of the new fire, symbolizing the light of Christ dispelling darkness and heralding new life. Following this, the Paschal candle, representing Christ as the Light of the World, was solemnly lit and brought into the Church, illuminating the hearts and minds of the faithful. Fr. Ashwath D’Souza OCD, with his melodious voice, sang the Exultet, an ancient hymn of praise celebrating the resurrection of Christ. Fr. Antony Stephen OCD delivered a meaningful homily, urging the congregation to embrace transformation and embody hope in their lives. The meaningful participation of the devotees contributed to the richness of the Easter Vigil celebration, fostering a sense of unity and communion.

Good Friday Passion Liturgy at Pushpashrama
On March 29, 2024, the devotees at Pushpashrama solemnly observed Good Friday, a day that commemorates the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Fr. Don Tony D’ Souza OCD presided over the liturgy, guiding the faithful in reflection upon the profound significance of this solemn occasion. Fr. Oswald Crasta OCD delivered an insightful homily, drawing parallels between the contemporary world and the timeless message of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen's Good Friday sermon. He also urged the congregation to embrace their role as witnesses to the boundless love manifested on the Cross. The congregation actively engaged in various prayers and devotions, demonstrating a profound connection to the significance of Good Friday.

A Meaningful Way of the Cross at Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama
On Good Friday, March 29, 2024, faithful around the world gathered to commemorate and reflect upon the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the salvation of humanity. It is a day deeply ingrained in Christian tradition, marked by solemn observances and heartfelt prayers as believers express gratitude to God for the gift of His Son. At the Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama, the faithful came together to participate in a meaningful Way of the Cross, a cherished tradition in the Church where believers journey alongside Jesus as he carries his cross to Calvary. Led by the brothers, the Way of the Cross at Infant Jesus Shrine took on a touching significance as they meticulously acted out the different scenes of Jesus' journey to Calvary. Through their portrayal, the faithful were able to recall and witness the trials, anguish, and unwavering faith of Jesus amidst his suffering. The Way of the Cross at Infant Jesus Shrine provided the devotees with a unique opportunity to engage both emotionally and spiritually with the events of Good Friday.

Maundy Thursday Celebration at Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama
On March 28, 2024, Maundy Thursday was commemorated across the globe with reverence and gratitude for the sacred events that mark this significant day in the Christian tradition. Maundy Thursday holds profound significance as it commemorates the Institution of the Holy Eucharist, the Institution of the Holy Priesthood, and the commandment of love through Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. In a solemn Eucharistic celebration held at Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama, the faithful gathered to honor these pivotal moments in the life of Jesus Christ. The ceremony was presided over by Fr. Oswald Crasta OCD, the Rector of Pushpashrama, who led the congregation in prayer and reflection. Fr. Don Tony D’Souza delivered a reflective homily, shedding light on the three crucial parts of the day's celebration. He invited the faithful to contemplate the significance of the Institution of the Holy Eucharist, the Institution of the Holy Priesthood, and the commandment of love as exemplified by Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. The faithful meaningfully participated in the entire celebration with faith and devotion.

Palm Sunday Celebration - Pushpashrama
March 24, 2024 - Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, marks the beginning of the Holy Week, a significant period in the Christian calendar leading up to Easter Sunday. At Pushpashrama, the faithful gathered to commence this sacred time with reverence and devotion. The celebration at Pushpashrama commenced with the blessing of palms, a symbolic gesture representing the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem before his crucifixion. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues, OCD, who presided over the Passion Sunday liturgy, led the congregation in this solemn ritual, invoking blessings upon the palm branches, which were then distributed among the faithful. The entire liturgy revolved around the significance of Palm Sunday within the context of Christ's journey to the cross.

Fr Walter Lobo OCD: Farewell to an ardent Carmelite and a relentless missionary!
On April 2, 2024, the funeral rites of Rev. Fr. Walter Lobo of the Infant Jesus were conducted at the Infant Jesus Shrine in Carmel Hill, Mangaluru. Fr. Walter, who departed from this world on March 27, 2024, was honoured and remembered by a gathering of clergy, friars, family members, and faithful from near and far. At 2:00 pm, the mortal remains of Fr. Walter Lobo were brought to the Infant Jesus Shrine with profound respect and honour. The Carmelite friars led the gathering in the prayer of the Church, followed by a brief prayer led by Most Rev. Peter Paul Saldanha, the Bishop of Mangalore. The funeral mass commenced at 3:00 pm, presided over by Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Mangalore. Accompanying him were Fr. Silvestre D’Souza Provincial, the Vicar General of the diocese, and a significant gathering of Carmelite friars from the Province, alongside a few diocesan clergy. During the mass, Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza delivered a meaningful homily, drawing inspiration from the word of God and connecting it to the life and service of Fr. Walter Lobo. Following the mass, Fr. Joseph D’Souza eloquently presented an overview of Fr. Walter Lobo's exemplary missionary endeavours and multifaceted accomplishments within the province. He emphasized Fr. Walter’s remarkable dedication to prayer, which kindled a fervent spiritual awakening among the friars, fostering a profound love for the Carmelite saints, particularly the Holy parents. Fr. Provincial, representing the entire province, gave his personal testimony and read out a poem composed by Fr Paul D’Souza. Fr. Melvin D’Cunha, the Superior of St. Joseph’s Monastery, conveyed sincere appreciation on behalf of the monastery to the family members and all those who were close to Fr Walter Lobo, especially during his illness.

Good Friday Service at Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre, Edmonton
The Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre in Edmonton, Canada, experienced a surge of pilgrims on Good Friday, March 29, 2024. The primary focus of the day was the Passion liturgy and the outdoor Stations of the Cross. Pilgrims gathered to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, reflecting on his journey to Calvary and the ultimate sacrifice for humanity's redemption. The Centre witnessed a continuous flow of pilgrims throughout the day. Despite the large turnout, the center efficiently managed the influx, ensuring that all attendees received the necessary spiritual guidance and support. Thus, the Good Friday liturgy at the Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre in Edmonton was a resounding success, attracting a large number of pilgrims seeking spiritual enrichment and enlightenment. The dedication of Fr. Jerome Moras, Fr. Frank Sharma, and Fr. Kevin Fernandes ensured that all attendees received the necessary support and guidance to deepen their faith and connection with the divine. As pilgrims departed from the center, they carried with them the blessings of the day, inspired to continue their spiritual journey with renewed fervour and devotion.

Good Friday Celebration at Carmel Hill, Vancouver
March 29, 2024 - The Good Friday celebration at Carmel Hill in Vancouver was a remarkable event despite the challenging weather conditions. Approximately 800 people participated, braving the elements to reflect on the stations commemorating Jesus Christ's journey to his crucifixion. The devotion provided attendees with a deeply spiritual experience, fostering a sense of community and shared reverence. A significant number of attendees also availed themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, seeking spiritual guidance and forgiveness. The culmination of the day's events was the celebration of the Passion of the Lord at the Tiampo Memorial Hall. The hall was packed with pilgrims eager to participate in this solemn observance. Frs. Vincent D’Souza, the Superior, and Mario Fernandes, the Director of the Institute, played pivotal roles in welcoming guests and pilgrims, ensuring they felt at home and embraced by the community. Thus, the Good Friday celebration at Carmel Hill in Vancouver was a profound and spiritually enriching experience for all who witnessed the celebration.

Courses and Retreats at Carmel Hill, Vancouver
The Carmel Hill Spirituality Centre, Vancouver continues to serve as a harbour for those seeking spiritual enlightenment and growth. With its diverse range of programs and retreats, the center strives to cater to the varied needs of its participants. In the past week, two distinct groups have engaged in transformative experiences at Carmel Hill, under the guidance of Superior Fr. Vincent D'souza and Director Fr. Mario Fernandes.
Scripture Course (5 Days):

A group of individuals embarked on a five-day intensive course focused on the study and exploration of Scripture from March 4-9, 2024. Led by knowledgeable instructors, participants delved into the depths of biblical teachings, gaining insights into the biblical texts. Through talks, discussions, and reflective exercises, attendees deepened their understanding of the Word and its relevance to their lives.
Retreat (6 Days):
Simultaneously, another group engaged in a six-day retreat aimed at spiritual renewal and introspection from March 11-16, 2024. Immersed in the tranquil surroundings of Carmel Hill, participants embarked on a journey of self-discovery and contemplation. Guided by experienced Carmelite priests, individuals had the opportunity to disconnect from the distractions of daily life and reconnect with their inner selves. Through prayer, meditation, and silent reflection, attendees found solace and renewal amidst the serene atmosphere of the center. The Carmel Hill Spirituality Centre remains busy with activities, under the able guidance of Superior Fr. Vincent D'souza and Director Fr. Mario Fernandes, Carmel Hill continues to shine as a beacon of light and hope for all who seek solace and enlightenment.

Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre Edmonton Construction Progress Report
The Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre in Edmonton stands as a beacon of spiritual nourishment and community engagement. Since its inception, this center has served as a vital hub for fostering spiritual growth and providing a sanctuary for individuals seeking solace and reflection. With the ongoing construction efforts, we are on the brink of witnessing the fulfillment of a vision that promises to enrich countless lives for years to come. Under the dedicated supervision of Superior Fr. Jerome Moras, along with the invaluable contributions of Fr. Frank Sharma and Fr. Kevin Fernandes, the construction work at the Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre has progressed steadily. The photos provided depict the real-time progress of the construction, showcasing the dedication and diligence with which each phase has been executed. It is with great anticipation and excitement that we announce the solemn inauguration of the Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre on July 16, 2024. This momentous occasion will be graced by the esteemed presence of Fr. Silvestre Dsouza, Provincial and Most Rev. Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton, and other dignitaries. As we approach this significant milestone, we urge each member of our community to join in prayer for the success of the Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre. May our efforts be guided by divine grace, and may this center serve as a source of inspiration and enlightenment for all who seek refuge within its walls.

The 27th convocation day held at Dhyanavana was a resounding success, marked by a spirit of celebration and achievement. Esteemed guests, fathers, sisters, and brothers from different communities gathered to honour the graduating students of 2023-2024. The ceremony commenced with a solemn invocation featuring a prayer dance, followed by a welcome speech, the annual report, a fusion dance, and inspiring speeches from distinguished speakers. Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Bangalore and Apostolic administrator of Mysore Diocese, highlighted the importance of education and lifelong learning. Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza OCD, the Provincial Superior of the Karnataka Goa Province, spoke on the theme of the convocation, "Religious Today: Beacons of Hope," after releasing the Dhyanavana souvenir. He emphasized the need to be beacons of joy. Additionally, Prof. Mary P. Kurien from St. Philomena’s College, Mysuru, in her keynote address, highlighted the significance of women and their empowerment in the church and society. The highlight of the event was the conferring of diplomas and certificates upon the graduating students, who walked across the stage with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Their hard work, dedication, and perseverance were celebrated as they embarked on the next chapter of their lives.

Retreats at Carmel Hill, Vancouver
March was a bustling month at Little Flower Monastery on Carmel Hill, Vancouver, with a flurry of visitors and retreatants. From March 8th to the 10th, Sister Mary, a dynamic preacher and group animator, led a girls' retreat attended by 75 participants. On March 9th, the RCIA retreat group convened with approximately 23 attendees, and on March 10th, a retreat for the Catechumens from St. Andrew Catholic Church in Vancouver took place. In addition to the group programs mentioned above, from March 10th to 11th, 17 individuals embarked on personal retreats at the Centre's outhouse on the campus. These personal retreats were overseen by Fr Vincent D’Souza (Superior) and Fr Mario Fernandes, the Centre's Director. Throughout Lent, numerous pilgrims visited the outdoor Stations of the Cross at Carmel Hill, providing overwhelmingly positive feedback. This response is highly rewarding and indicates that over time, more individuals will become acquainted with our Spirituality Centre, continuing to seek spiritual nourishment from this sacred place maintained by our Carmelite Fathers on North Deroche Road, Vancouver.

Convocation Ceremony at Ryshivana
The Convocation Ceremony of Ryshivana for the academic year 2023-2024 was held on 8th March 2023, marking the culmination of a journey of spiritual enrichment and personal growth for the participants. Under the guidance of esteemed faculty and mentors, the course participants underwent spiritual renewal, delving deep into the realms of spirituality and inner silence. The ceremony commenced with a solemn Holy Eucharist presided over by Rev Fr Silvestre D Souza, Provincial Superior. He invited the graduates to carry forth the teachings they received at Ryshivana into their lives. Fr Alphonse Britto, Provincial Councillor for Spirituality was the chief guest. As a token of recognition for their dedication and hard work, each course participant was bestowed with a Certificate for the successful completion of the course. This moment symbolized the culmination of their efforts and marked the beginning of a new chapter in their spiritual journey. Fr Rudolph Pinto, the Director of Ryshivana, presented a comprehensive report highlighting the achievements and milestones of the institute during the academic year. The report underscored Ryshivana's commitment to fostering spiritual growth and providing a nurturing environment for seekers of inner silence. The Convocation Ceremony of Ryshivana 2023-2024 was a momentous occasion that served as a witness to the institute's dedication to promoting spiritual enlightenment and renewal.

Solo Singing Competition for Postulancy Brothers
On March 10, 2024, a Solo Singing Competition was organized for the Postulancy Brothers at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel OCDs Community Hall. The theme of the competition was "St. Therese: My Inspiration," emphasizing the influence of St. Therese on the lives of the seminarians. An intriguing aspect of the competition was that each of the 13 Postulancy brothers was required to craft their lyrics and compose music for their performance, showcasing their creativity and talent. This unique requirement added a personal touch to each performance, reflecting individual perspectives on the theme. The event garnered significant attention from the community, with members from both the Our Lady of Mount Carmel OCDs and St. Therese OCDs communities, along with several teachers, friends, and benefactors, gracing the occasion. The diverse audience added to the supportive atmosphere of the competition and encouraged the Brothers. Each participant received a certificate of appreciation, acknowledging their effort and contribution to the event's success. Fr. Nikesh D’Souza, esteemed within the community, honoured the event as the Chief Guest, further enhancing the significance of the competition. The event not only provided a platform for the brothers to express themselves but also fostered a sense of solidarity and appreciation within the community walking in the footsteps of St Therese.
Congratulations to all the brothers.

Pushpashrama Annual Day 2024
Pushpashrama Annual Day, a celebration of talent, dedication, and camaraderie, was held on the 18th of February 2024, marking the culmination of two months of intense competitions. The event served as a platform for students to showcase their skills and creativity in various domains. Throughout the preceding two months, students engaged in seventeen competitions, both individual and group-based. These competitions encompassed a wide array of activities, ranging from academic pursuits to artistic expressions, all reflecting the ethos of St. Therese of Lisieux. Credit goes to Fr. Lancy Levis and Fr. Don Tony D’Souza for meticulously organizing these competitions, ensuring a smooth and enriching experience for all participants. The annual day event commenced with a warm welcome extended by Fr. Oswald Crasta, the Rector of Pushpashrama. Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD, the Vicar Provincial, graced the occasion as the chief guest. His insightful address on the themes of 'growth,' 'progress,' and 'success' resonated deeply with the audience, inspiring both students and faculty alike. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves also had the honour of presenting the prizes to the deserving winners, acknowledging their hard work and achievements.

Dental Camp at Mount Carmel School Kadaganchi
On February 19, 2024, a collaborative effort between Sannidhi Social Work Centre, a unit of Carmel Jyothi NGO, and HKE S Nijalingappa Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Kalaburagi, culminated in the organization of a highly beneficial dental camp at Mount Carmel School Kadaganchi. Spearheaded by Doctor Naveen Kharbhari, 17 proficient doctors from S Nijalingappa Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Kalaburagi, conducted the camp, extending their expertise to attendees. The camp presented a valuable opportunity for students from LKG to 7th standard, as well as teaching and non-teaching staff, to undergo comprehensive oral health check-ups and treatments. Commencing with a prayer led by 7th standard students, the event's proceedings were gracefully orchestrated by Sr. Shilpa. Distinguished guests including Fr. William Miranda, the secretary of Carmel Jyothi Charitable Trust, Fr. Deepak Thomas, Correspondent of the MCS Kadaganchi, and Director of Sannidhi Social Welfare Centre Kadaganchi, alongside Dr. Naveen and his proficient team, graced the occasion with their presence. The inauguration of the camp was marked by the symbolic act of watering saplings, signifying growth and well-being, before the doctors commenced their diligent examination of the children's oral health.

Blood Donation and Eye Check-Up Camp at St. Mary's Church, Hegde Nagar
St. Mary's Church, Hegde Nagar, in collaboration with Carmel Jyothi Charitable Trust, Sri Manyatha Voluntary Blood Centre, and Sri Sai Eye Hospital, organized a commendable initiative comprising a blood donation camp and an eye check-up camp on 18th February 2024. The event aimed to address critical healthcare needs within the community and promote the spirit of philanthropy and health awareness. The blood donation camp witnessed active participation from the community. A total of 34 individuals generously volunteered to donate blood. The eye check-up camp catered to the vision health needs of the community. A significant number of individuals, totalling 98, availed themselves of this service. Through comprehensive eye examinations, potential vision problems were identified, enabling timely intervention and treatment. As a result of the eye check-up camp, 20 individuals were identified as needing cataract surgery. The collaboration with Sri Sai Eye Hospital ensures that these individuals will receive the necessary treatment, restoring their vision and improving their quality of life. The parish extends its heartfelt gratitude to all volunteers, donors, medical staff, and collaborating organizations for their invaluable contributions and unwavering support in making this event a resounding success.

Priestly Ordinations at Bengaluru and Mangaluru
“He has made them the vicars of His love!” These words of St. Ambrose resonated loud and clear amidst shouts of joy and jubilation in the Discalced Carmelite Province of Karnataka Goa as four deacons were anointed with the holy oil and raised to the order of the presbyterate. Fr. Anthony Stephen was ordained as a priest in his native parish, i.e., St. John the Baptist Church, Vijayanagar, Bengaluru, by Most Rev. Henry D’Souza, the Bishop of Bellary, on January 21, 2024. Fr. Richard Menezes was the commentator for the liturgy. Fr. Anthony is the first vocation born in the parish administered by the Carmelites for the past 25 years, and hence, during the ordination mass, a large number of faithful gathered was a witness to this fact. In his homily, Bishop stressed on the vocation of priesthood and the priceless value attached to it! After the mass, a short felicitation was organized, which was conducted by Fr. Prasanna. The parents of Fr. Anthony, Bishop Henry D'Souza, and Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, the Provincial, were honored by Fr. Anthony. In turn, he too was honored by them. After celebratory speeches and well wishes, all partook in the sumptuous lunch. After lunch, the Carmelites, benefactors, and friends marched to Mangalore to witness another ordination ceremony on the 23rd of January.

Infant Jesus Feast @ Asha Deepa, Madanthyar
Asha Deepa House resonated with joy and spiritual fervour as it celebrated the Feast of the Infant Jesus on January 19th, 2024, at 5:30 pm. The main celebrant for the occasion was Fr. Walter Dmello, the Vicar Forane of Belthangady Deanery. In his homily, he emphasized the importance of growing in wisdom and leading a life that pleases God. The celebration was attended by a notable congregation, with around 13 priests, a deacon, and a large number of devotees of Infant Jesus gracing the event. Following the Mass, snacks were graciously served to the devotees, fostering a sense of community and togetherness. A special dinner was arranged in the refectory, where priests and religious sisters gathered to enjoy a moment of fellowship.The celebration of the Feast of Infant Jesus at Asha Deepa House was a resounding success, filled with spiritual inspiration and communal joy.

The Blessing and Inauguration of the Newly Constructed Grotto of Blessed Virgin Mary
The much-anticipated and joyous occasion of the blessing and inauguration of the newly constructed Grotto of Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Antony Church, Koteshwar Parish, unfolded on the 7th of January 2024, immediately following the Mass. The donor, Mr. Donald D'Silva, played a pivotal role in this momentous event. He was bestowed with the honour of cutting the ribbon, symbolizing the formal inauguration of the Grotto. In recognition of his unparalleled generosity, Mr. D'Silva was felicitated, and a special image of Mother Mary was presented to him as a heartfelt memento, acknowledging his significant contribution. The ceremony of blessing the Grotto was led by Fr Praveen Pinto, OCD, the Parish Priest of St. Antony Church, Koteshwar. The sacred rites were further enriched by the presence and participation of Fr Cyril Menezes, OCD, the former Parish Priest of St. Antony Church, Koteshwar, along with Fr Joe Tauro, OCD, and Fr Rocke D’Costa, contributing to the solemnity of the occasion. Mr. Walter Pinto, the architect, was commended and felicitated for his exceptional expertise and dedication. The beauty and significance of the structure stand as a testament to his skill and commitment to the project.

Temporary Promise, Investiture, and Aspirancy of OCDS @ Margao
“My soul magnifies the Lord” ceremonial theme to the Rite.
On Friday 22nd December, at the end of the Advent Season, the Secular Carmelites of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Community Margao-Goa, joyously sand O Come, Divine Messiah! The last fervent cries that the Mystical body sends up to heaven, pleading for the coming of the Redeemer. At Lar de Santa Terezinha’s quaint little Chapel, with joy and awe welcomed Rev. Fr. Silvestre D Souza OCD, Provincial Superior of Karnataka-Goa Province, to preside the most Holy Eucharist and concelebrant Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor OCD, Spiritual Assistant, and family members, to witness the Rite of the Temporary Promise, Investiture and Aspirancy. Seventeen members along with the Director of Formation Beliza Antao, entered in procession to the alter, like Mary, their spirit rejoiced in God the Savior. The scripture readings were deeply significant to our vocation as Seculars Carmelites, the particular aspect of the Blessed Virgin Mary “meditate in the heart” is so fitting since Carmel is wholly Mary’s.

Special Blessing of Children at Infant Jesus Shrine
The Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill - Mangaluru held today the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Since it is a Thursday there were nine Holy Masses in honour of Infant Jesus. A special Mass was celebrated at 10.30 am where Fr Rudolph D'Souza, OCD presided over and preached a very meaningful homily. In his homily while reflecting on the plight of those innocent children who were massacred by King Herod, he explained how children become easy victims of abuse, substance abuse, addiction etc. There were special prayers and individual anointing of children after the Mass. A theme song of the Annual Feast of Infant Jesus was released at the same occasion. Deva Sobd Monis Zalo – a new hymn composed by Rev Fr Aaaron Babush Rodrigues, reflects on the humanity of Jesus. The Church today celebrates the Feast of Holy Innocents. The day commemorates the execution of the innocent, male children in Bethlehem as told in Matthew 2:16. A special blessing is invoked on children on this day.

‘Sensitivity’ lifts the ‘Limitation of Senses’
On December 17, 2023, Dhyana Jyothi Trust organized a Christmas Celebration for the differently abled and visually impaired in Bengaluru at Holy Ghost Church hall. The event aimed at bringing the joy of Christ the newborn king into the lives of these special people who often face challenges and hardships in their daily lives due to their physical limitations. The event was attended by more than over 100 handicapped and blind personnel, along with their families and friends. The event was also beautified by the presence of many people of goodwill who came to support and encourage the participants. The program was inaugurated by the lighting of the lamp; it was lit by (names), the chief guests for the celebration. Prominent individuals from fields, such as education, social work, and media were present for the event. The chief guests Dr Nimmy Shetty, a dental Surgeon by profession and a philanthropist at heart, Mr. Anant Nayak, Manager, South Indian Bank, Cox Town, Mr Silvian Noronha, Former President of FKCA, Bengaluru, Fr Rudolph D'Souza, Carmelite Priest from Canada delivered inspiring speeches, highlighting the importance of celebrating the spirit of Christmas with love, compassion, and gratitude. They also appreciated the efforts and talents of the differently abled, and urged them to pursue their dreams and aspirations.

Province Day and Silver Jubilee of Profession @ Sadbhavana
The celebration of the Province Day at Sadbhavana on December 13, 2023, was a joyous occasion that coincided with the Silver Jubilee of the Religious Profession of Frs. Jeevan Tauro, Alphonse Britto, Rovel D’Souza, Ajith Rodrigues and Canute Tauro. The last two were abroad for studies, but were fondly remembered. It was graced by the presence of all the superiors of the Province and the friars from the Bengaluru region. Notably, Fr Rudolf V. D’Souza from Canada was also in attendance, accenting the international solidarity within the fraternity. The heart of the celebration was the Eucharistic banquet held at 6:00 pm, officiated by the Provincial. Fr Jeevan delivered a moving homily, shedding light on St. Therese's love for her Carmelite vocation and priests. The liturgy which was beautifully animated by Fr Alphonse Britto and the choir by Fr Richard Menezes, created a spiritual and serene ambience to the celebration. Following the mass, a felicitation ceremony was organized in the quadrangle of Sadbhavana, with Fr Ronald D’Souza serving as the master of ceremony. Fr Archibald extended a warm welcome to all friars present, setting the tone for the evening. Fr Oswald Crasta raised the toast, tracing salient moments in our history and expressed heartfelt wishes to the jubilarians, highlighting some of their outstanding qualities.

Childrens day celebrated at Infant Jesus Shrine
On November 30, 2023, Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill, organized a special celebration for the children. The celebration was held at the shrine campus, where the tiny tots gathered along with their parents to celebrate childhood. The celebration began with the 10.30am Mass, which was celebrated by Rev. Fr Vivian Menezes, who has been working as a missionary in Tanzania since 25 years. During his homily, he taught the children a lovely hymn in Ki-Swahili, which everyone picked up, and added their voices to. The brief celebration outside the campus started with a lively action song, in which every child took active part. As the tempo increased, kids felt the adventure, and gleefully danced to the tune of the song. The action song was followed by a short game, in which children ran about forming groups with one another. The winners were given exciting prizes, which was a surprise! All children manifesed a game spirit and mingled with new friends. The celebration ended with the distribution of sweet ladoos to every child. The children thanked the priests and brothers for the wonderful celebration and expressed their happiness and gratitude. The Priests thanked the children and their parents for their active participation and wished them a happy and blessed Children’s Day. The children then left Infant Jesus Shrine with smiles on their faces and memories in their hearts.

Tailoring Centre @ Kadaganchi
On November 29, 2023, the Carmel Jyothi Tailoring Centre in Kadaganchi, a unit under the Carmel Jyothi Charitable Trust, was inaugurated at 10:45 am. The event was graced by Fr. William Miranda OCD, Secretary for Social Work, Fr. Deepak Thomas KJ OCD, Superior of Carmel Sannidhi and Director of Carmel Jyothi Social Welfare Centre, Sr. Shilpha Carmel Jyothi Social Work Coordinator, Mr. Biranna Waggi (Person in Charge of the Hanuman Temple), Mr. Shanthappa Bhute, Teacher Mounamma, and 35 students. The program commenced with a welcome song by the participants. The guests were greeted with a flower. Following the warm welcome, Fr. Deepak Thomas, along with Mr. Biranna Waggi, Mr. Shanthappa Bhute, and Teacher Mounamma, inaugurated the new tailoring unit by cutting the ribbon. Post-inauguration, Fr. William addressed the students, providing insights into the rules and regulations of the tailoring school, addressing queries, and clarifying doubts. Subsequently, Fr. Deepak conveyed his best wishes to the participants. The attendees were then grouped, and Sister, along with the teacher, provided further instructions. Serving as the Master of Ceremonies, Sr. Shilpa guided the program, and with a vote of thanks, the inaugural event concluded. Tea and snacks were offered to the participants after the program.

The Annual Day Celebration of St. Teresa of Avila Community, Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru, affiliated with St. Joseph’s Monastery, Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru, took place on October 13, 2023, at the St. Joseph’s Monastery Hall. The event was a joyful Family Get-Together, graced by the presence of distinguished guests, Brothers, and family members. The function was presided over by Rev. Fr Melvin D’Cunha OCD, the Superior of St. Joseph’s Monastery. Rev. Fr Deep Fernandes OCD, the Provincial Delegate of OCDS, honoured the occasion as the Chief Guest. Additionally, Rev. Fr Liguory Crasta OCD, Administrator of Ryshivana, Ranipur, was present as the Guest of Honour. Rev. Fr Ivan D'souza OCD, Spiritual Assistant, Mrs. Jacintha Lobo OCDS, President of the Council, and Mrs. Laveena D'mello, Provincial Council member, Presided over the function. The program commenced with Mass at the Shrine followed by Vespers. A concise report was presented by Mrs. Precilla D’Souza, OCDS, Secretary. Rev. Fr Melvin D’Cunha OCD expressed gratitude to the OCDS members for their dedicated service to the Shrine. In his address, the Chief Guest, Rev. Fr Deep Fernandes OCD, acknowledged this OCDS group as one of the oldest, emphasizing its maturity and ongoing development. He emphasized the importance of hard work and service to the needy for further progress. Mrs. Laveena Dmello, OCDS, a member of the Provincial Council, elaborated on the chosen theme of the Annual Day, highlighting the symbolism of grapes in a vineyard to uniting together, drawing parallels to the community's unity.

OCDS St. Therese Community Margao-Goa – Fundraising for Mission
The yearly mission sale of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Community based at Lar de Santa Terezinha, Pajifond Margao-Goa, was held on 29th October 2023, for Jagalur and Local mission. Members worked tirelessly to put up a spectacular goan home-style variety of bakes and snacks, sorpotel and sanas, and much more, and it was fruitful. The members were deeply moved to Support Fr. Sylvester Pereira OCD, Superior, and two friars at the Carmelite Monastery, Holy Spirit Mission Station Jagalur- Karnataka, who live among simple people to Witness Christ and His values, they render yeoman service for the empowerment of the poor and unprivileged, even as they face challenges and setbacks. 19th November, Fr. Vishan Vinu Monis of Jagalur mission was warmly received at the fraternity meeting vespers and in short reflected on love (Walking in Love) to honor St. Therese this year, coincidently this day happened to be Pope Francis's seventh year for, the World Day of the Poor, this year the theme being “Do not look away from the poor” (Tobit 4:7). Overwhelmed by the OCDS members' generosity and care for the mission, he quoted Mathew 25:40, to thank the community for their kindness. Mr. Agnelo Braganza OCDS, I Councillor, in charge of the mission, presented him with the contribution, which will be used to provide shelter to a needy parish family.

Pro Orantibus Day celebrated at the Infant Jesus Shrine
Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill - Mangaluru, celebrated Pro Orantibus Day a day dedicated to all Cloistered communities, on 23rd November 2023. It was Pope Pius XII, who on November 21st, 1953, instituted the titled day, on the Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin. This day invites the faithful to thank God of the gift of contemplative life and to pray earnestly for those men and women, who respond to God’s call within the four walls of their community, and generously intercede for the needs of the world, and for the building up of the Lord’s Kingdom. The Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Rudolf D’Souza, OCD. Rev. Sr. Jacintha OCD, a cloistered Carmelite nun from Kankanady Carmel, who was present for the Mass, addressed the congregation and spoke of the contemplative life of a Cloistered Carmelite nun. Rev. Fr. Stifan Periera, the Director of the Shrine, prompted questions to Sr. Jacintha, and her responses revealed a deeper insight into the reality of their life in the cloister.

A Photograph Contest by Naman Ballok Jesu
Nov.14: To mark the occasion of Children’s Day, a Photography Contest was held by Naman Ballok Jesu wherein a photograph was to be clicked of a child between the age group of 3 to 15 years with Naman Ballok Jesu Magazine. More than 50 children participated in this competition and showed their enthusiasm and creativity in a spectacular manner. The creativity in these photographs were well appreciated by all.
The Winners are:
First: Ruhi Nia Castelino
Second: Preethal Pinto
Third: Shanelle Mascarenhas

Annual Day of Ballok Jezu Kutam
The organization of Ballok Jezu Kutam celebrated their Annual Day at Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill - Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru on 16th November 2023. Ballok Jezu Kutam is a group of volunteers, who offer their time and energy for the smooth running of the Shrine. They number around 40 who are from various walks of life. Even in the midst of their busy professional and personal schedules, they make the needs of the Shrine a priority and have always been at the beck and call of the Shrine. The group had its beginning in the year 2014. “The more you honour me, the more will I bless you,” says Infant Jesus of Prague. These men and women, honour Infant Jesus by sparing their time and resources for the Shrine, and the growing number itself is proof of their reception of manifold graces from Infant Jesus. The happiness and peace that each of them radiates is joyfully contagious. A thanksgiving Mass was solemnized at 10:30 am in the Shrine, to thank God for the blessings and to implore divine favours and benedictions on all the members of the group; the Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Deep Fernandes, OCD the Delegate Provincial to the OCDS.

After two years of absence due to the pandemic, the Congress was even more special with the participation of 92 Secular Carmelites from 8 Communities, of the Secular Discalced Carmelite Order in Karnataka-Goa Province, converged to celebrate the Triennial OCDS Congress at Lar de Santa Terezinha, Margao-Goa, from 10th – 12th November 2023. The theme “Walking in Love” was carefully taken to honour the Jubilee year 2023 of St. Therese, the 150th Birth Anniversary and the Centenary of Beatification. The Provincial, Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, Rev. Fr. Alphonse Britto, Provincial Councillor for Spirituality, Rev. Fr. Deep Fernandes, Delegate Provincial to the OCDS, Sebastian Mendes, President OCDS Provincial Council, Laveena D Mello, I Councillor/Secretary, Jessie Pinto, II Councillor and Roy Rodrigues, Provincial Council member, supported by the presidents and spiritual assistants of the host community, Elizabeth Santos and Fr. Lancy Mendonca of Mt. Carmel, and Martha Pereira and Fr. George Santhumayor of St. Therese Communities, together they facilitated the three-day congress programme. Which followed a baptismal Carmelite Vocation to live, nurture and experience the service of LOVE in Community.

A new house of Carmelites in Udupi Diocese
We have a new house in the Diocese of Udupi. The inauguration was held on the 6th of November 2023. Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza the Provincial Superior of the Carmelites of Karnataka-Goa Province cut the ribbon and Most Rev. Gerald Isaac Lobo blessed the house in the presence of the Parish Priest of Kalmady, Rev. Fr Baptist Menezes, the Provincial Councillors, Friars from Koteshwar community and representatives from Mangalore and Madanthyar communities. The Bishop presided over the Eucharist, during which he blessed the altar, the cross and the tabernacle and handed over the keys to Fr. Alwyn Sequeira the priest in-charge of this house. While thanking the Bishop Fr. Silvestre said, ‘Every Carmelite house in a Diocese is a house of prayer. St Teresa rejoiced each time the Blessed Sacrament was installed in a new foundation, which for her was the defining moment.” He thanked the Bishop for his guidance and constant support. The engineer Mr Allan D’Souza, contractor Mr. Maxim Correa and electric contractor Mr Prakash Andrade were felicitated. The Bishop recalled the hurdles we faced during the construction of the house, while appreciating the service of our friars in the Diocese.

Silver Jubilee of the Carmelite Presence in South Africa
On 28 October 2023, the Carmelite Friars celebrated 25 years of Carmelite presence in South Africa, recalling that the first two friars, Frs. Raymond Santhanaz and Vinod D’Mello arrived in Johannesburg on June 13, 1998. Initially, they resided in a facility provided by the Cloistered Sisters in their compound, but these days, the Carmelites have two communities, one in Benoni and the other in Cape Town, thus ministering to five parishes. The Thanksgiving Mass was presided over by Rt. Rev Dr Buti Tlhagale Archbishop of Johannesburg, Superior General Rev Fr Miguel Marquez, Provincial Superior Fr Silvestre D Souza, Definitor Generals Frs. Pius James D’Souza and Philbert Namphande, and supported by many priests and nuns. This historic milestone event was jointly organized and celebrated by members of three local parishes: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Benoni, St Joseph’s Actonville and Our Lady of Loreto Kempton Park. Ethnic dancers enthusiastically entertained the audience during the joyful ceremonies. The Superior of Benoni Community, Fr Arvin Tauro, welcomed all the guests and gifted each dignitary with a commemorative shawl. The pioneers of the mission in South Africa, Frs. Raymond and Mari Joe, were specially honoured during the celebration. Fr Boniface D’Souza compered the event and Frs. John D’Souza and Anthony Stephen organized the liturgy. Fr Rayan Pais thanked all who helped to organize the celebration.

Carmelights Inter School Sports Meet 2023
“Dream, Dream, Dream…, Dream transforms into thoughts and thoughts result into actions.”
On October 30, 2023, a momentous day unfolded in the history of Carmel Jnana Education Trust. The long-cherished dream of uniting all the branches of Carmel Jnana Education Trust finally became a reality. Mount Carmel School, Kadaganchi, proudly hosted the inaugural CarmeLights Inter School Sports 2023 event on its premises. The venue was meticulously prepared, with tracks laid out and accommodations ready to welcome students and staff from various units. Participants, accompanied by their respective correspondents, principals, and teachers, arrived at the venue on October 29, 2023. The journey began with Mount Carmel, Ramnagar, and was followed by units from Shivamogga, Hoovinahadagali, and Belur. An evening dinner was arranged at the school venue, and everyone retired in anticipation of the exciting events on the following day. MCS Mira Road joined the event on the following day.

Blessing and Inauguration of the Carmelite Monastery in Cape Town
"Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember that His name is exalted." Isaiah 12:4. Indeed this verse is the root cause of the blessing and inauguration of Mimosa Carmelite Monastery at Cape Town on 27th October 2023. The day began with welcoming the dignitaries His Eminence Cardinal Stephen Brislin, Very Rev. Fr. Miguel Marquez OCD, Superior General of Discalced Carmelites, His Lordship Auxiliary Bishop Sylvester David OMI, Very Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza OCD Provincial Superior of Carmelites, Karnataka Goa Province, Very Rev. Fr. Philbert Namphande OCD and Very Rev. Fr. Pius James D’Souza OCD Definitors – Discalced Carmelites were welcomed by Rev. Fr. Mari Joseph OCD the superior and he introduced the dignitaries. The theme is taken from the 150th jubilee celebration of the little flower St. Therese of the Child Jesus ‘All is Grace’. The solemn Holy Eucharist at 10.00 a.m. with all the dignitaries and the invited fathers, sisters, parishioners, friends, and well-wishers. Mrs. Pat Lindgren gave an introduction and welcome to begin the Thanksgiving holy Eucharist. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza broke the word of God, shared the reflections that touched every heart and impressed the gathering. The Eucharistic celebration brought many blessings and the monastery was filled with grace.

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This website was launched in 2006 during the silver jubilee celebrations of the Karnataka-Goa Province of the Discalced Carmelite Order.

The ancient Carmelites founded in the thirteenth century were reformed in the sixteenth by two great doctors of the church, Saints Teresa and John of the Cross. These spiritual geniuses, while re-enforcing the contemplative dimension of the Carmelites, inserted a decidedly apostolic thrust into their spirituality, with special emphasis on the missions.

During the seventeenth century, we find Carmelite missionaries in several pockets along the west coast of the Indian sub-continent : Surat, Diu, Goa, Verapoly. In the eighteenth, Carmelites were appointed vicars apostolic of "the Great Mogul" and Verapoly. They are invited to attend to the pastoral needs of the Catholics in Mumbai. In the nineteenth century, the sees of Mangalore and Quilon were entrusted to the sons of St. Teresa.

Finally, in the twentieth century, the Discalced Carmelites opened their doors to Indian natives, who would henceforth draw more freely from the rich spiritual treasures of Sts. Teresa, John of the Cross, and other Carmelite interreters of the Good News of Jesus.

As Indian vocations multiplied, more and more foundations were made, and grouped into "provinces". Today among more than thirty provinces world-wide, there are five Indian provinces . One of these is the Karnataka-Goa province.

The aim of this web-site is, primarily to acquaint readers with Carmelite history and tradition; to share the spiritual insights of the great Carmelite saints and also give glimpses of the life within the province to all our associates. Articles of topical interest have also been included.



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Jubilees and Important dates in 2023

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Rev. Fr. Silvestre D'Souza
Provincial Superior

Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves
I Councillor

Rev. Fr. Alphonse Britto
II Councillor

Rev. Fr. Prakash D'Cunha
III Councillor

Fr Joachim Rodrigues
IV Councillor

Rev. Fr.  Vinod Lobo
Provincial Secretary


Highlights of 2022

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We invite you to begin the day with poetic reflections on the day's Gospel composed by our Friar,

Rev. Fr. Paul D'Souza, OCD
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Dear Friends,
Here I send you the link to my KINDLE BOOKS LIBRARY. You are welcome download books and read them and recommend them to your friends who are interested in Carmelite Spirituality. These books are cheap and affordable and some of them can be read free of charge if you are a member in Amazon online Kindle books. These books uploaded on AMAZON kindle version can be accessed through smart phones, IPad, Computers and other electronic devices globally in all the 5 continents. This is actually the new trend in publishing books as the hard copy of the books is practically becoming obsolete especially in Europe and Americas. Hence, this is a new venture in publishing books.
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by Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD,
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The following homilies have been preached by Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Parish Priest at Guardian Angels Church, Vancouver Canada.The first three homilies are of his Lenten mission reflections in the parish.

The remaining are Sunday homilies which will be regularly uploaded. All our friends and well-wishers are most welcome to benefit from these reflections.

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You are welcome to benefit spiritually from the reflections of our Carmelite Friar - Rev. (Dr) Rudolf V. D’Souza, OCD

Retreat preached on the theme “The Kingdom of God is at hand” at Abu Dhabi, from 26 November to 2 December, 2009.
Day 1: The Kingdom of God
Day 2: The Beatitudes
Day 3: The Seven Sacraments
Day 4: the Ten Commandments
Day 5: Holy Mother, the Church and Mother mary
Day 6A: Family
Day 6B: Love
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Retreat preached at Ruwi – Muscat (Oman) from 20 to 24 January 2008

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Homilies preached on various occasions from 2007-2009 at St. Joseph’s Church, Mira Road, Mumbai (now the largest parish in the Archdiocese of Bombay) when he was Parish Priest.
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