amazing blessings to see, in Fr Jignesh,
Gujarat Carmelite Priest Number Three!
The number three has great significance in
Christianity! The Trinity, the three Magi,
the Three beloved apostles, three days of
Lord's passion and resurrection and so on!
The number became even more significant in
our Province especially through Fr. Jignesh,
the Third Carmelite Priest from the ‘Jewel
of Western India’ - rich land of Gujarat!
February 19, 2022 was a day of great
jubilation and celebration as the K.G.
Province had the joy of receiving the third
Carmelite priest from the land of Gujarat.
Fr Jigneshkumar Solanki having completed his
seminary formation was raised to the Order
of Priesthood on this day by His Grace Most
Rev. Stanislaus Fernandes, S.J., Apostolic
Administrator of the Diocese of Baroda. The
Ordination rite was attended by 47 priests
with the majority of them being Carmelites
and the rest were religious and the diocesan
clergy from the diocese of Baroda. Apart
from this, religious nuns, family members,
relatives and friends took great joy in
witnessing this blessed day.
The Ordination was held at the Infant Jesus
Church, Gorwa, Vadodara at 3:30 pm. The
archbishop in his homily instructed the
Deacon to be a priest after the heart of
Jesus and to walk in the footsteps of Christ
the good shepherd and to love him with
sincere and pure heart. Rev. Fr George
Santhumayor, OCD Provincial presented
Jignesh to the archbishop to be ordained as
Priest. After the solemn mass, Fr Jignesh
expressed the sentiments of gratitude to all
and felicitated the bishop, provincial and
his formators. Fr Provincial on behalf of
the Province thanked the Bishop and the
parents of Fr. Jignesh for the gift they
have presented to Carmel in the life of Fr.
Jignesh. Fr Kaushik Parmar, the Parish
Priest and Superior proposed the vote of
thanks on behalf of the community and the
It was really a joyful and gracious
celebration and a beautiful sight to have
more than 25 Carmelite priests from all over
the Province in the celebration. Fr Jignesh
is the third priest to be ordained from
Gujarat and we pray and hope that many more
will join the garden of Carmel to share the
fragrance of Jesus to all. The entire K.G.
Province congratulates and felicitates Fr
Jignesh and wishes him in his priestly
ministry and accompanies him through their
prayerful and fraternal support.