Walking in Love: The Vision of Fr Silvestre D'Souza, Provincial of KG
V. Rev. Fr. Joseph Silvestre D’Souza has been elected as the
Provincial Superior of the Discalced Carmelites of Karnataka-Goa
Province in the 15th Provincial Chapter being held at Pushpashrama,
Mysuru on April 21, 2023. He succeeds Fr George Santhumayor, OCD.
V. Rev. Fr. Joseph Silvestre D’Souza hails from Nagoa, in the
archdiocese of Goa and Daman. Born on April 22, 1971 to devout parents,
he did his high school education at St. Joseph's High School in Arpora,
Goa and his pre-university studies at St. Xavier's College in Mapusa,
Goa. On June 14, 1988, he joined the Carmelite Order and was admitted to
the aspirants' house at Xellim, Goa. On October 15, 1990, he made his
first religious commitment at the Carmelite Monastery in Margao. He
obtained BA in psychology from Madras University while completing his
philosophical studies at Pushpashrama, Institute of Philosophy and
Religion, in Mysuru. And after a year of regency, he attended St.
Joseph's Inter-diocesan Seminary in Jeppu, Mangaluru, to complete his
theological formation in view of the priesthood.
On May 26, 1996, he made his solemn profession at St. Joseph's Monastery
in Carmel Hill, Mangaluru. On October 16, 1997, at St. Joseph's Inter
Diocesan Seminary in Mangaluru, Most Rev. Bernard Moras, Bishop of
Belgaum, ordained him a deacon. The Most Rev. Filipe Nerri Ferrao, the
then Auxiliary Bishop of Goa and Daman, elevated him to the order of the
priesthood on April 22, 1998 at Holy Trinity Church, Nagoa, Bardez, Goa.
Upon his ordination from 1998 to 2000, he was at the Carmelite Monastery
in Margao. He pursued higher studies in dogmatic theology at the
Northern Italy Faculty of Theology Milan, as well as assisted at Corpus
Domini Church in Milan from 2000 to 2004. Then he was assigned to the
community at Johannesburg in South Africa from 2004 to 2005 and rendered
ministry of spiritual life to the cloistered sisters, as well as laity
in the retreat house. In 2005 he was chosen to be the third Provincial
Councillor. Then once again from 2008 until 2011, he rendered his
pastoral service at Santa Teresa, Torino, Italy. From 2011 - 2020 he
gradually moved up, from being the third councilor of the province, to
be the second councilor. Then on he was given the total responsibility
of the province secretariat. The 2020 Provincial Chapter elected him to
lead the Carmelite Monastery in Margao.
Besides his competence in the beurocracy, he served also as the editor
of the magazine 'Springs of Living Water' as well as was a regular
professor at various Formation houses and spirituality Institutes such
as Dhyanavana, Dhyana Sadhana, Ryshivana as well as in other house of
formation for women religious. He recently became Vice - President of
the Goa CRI unit. Of late, since 2022, he is also a Member of Diocesan
Council of Priests and Diocesan Pastoral Council (Goa and Daman).
Obviously he is a man who reads widely; and his competence on the papal
documents is rich. He is diminutive in stature and soft spoken as a
person and yet highly talented and musician with qualification from
Trinity college of music in London. He combines a wealth of
administrative knowledge with his skills as an orator and animator.