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Twelve brothers begin their postulancy!
The entire Karnataka-Goa Province has a reason to rejoice and thank God at the beginning of this academic year, for the many brothers (seminarians) who are in the various stages of formation. Twelve brothers have begun their postulancy at Carmelite Monastery, Margao:
Brs. Royson Sunil Lobo, Rheyan Prem Fernandes, Clavin Jason D'Souza, Maflon Macarenhas, Ajith Premson D'Souza, Mark, Daniel Wilson Mathias, Helston Jeethan Lobo, Royston D'Souza, Brayan Lobo, Rayan D'Souza and Christopher Britto.
Though they arrived a week ago, the course was officially inaugurated on 16th of June, 2022. Rev. Fr George Santhumayor, OCD Provincial Superior presided over the Mass at 7.00 pm along with the community friars and the guest friars namely Frs. Raymond Santhanaz and Noel DCunha. In his homily, he exhorted the brothers to fall in love with Jesus and treasure their vocation in Carmel. He placed before them the shining example of prophet Elijah who had a burning zeal for the living God. The choir and liturgy were animated by the Postulants. After the homily, the Provincial symbolically handed over the Carmelite breviary and formally initiated the brothers into postulancy. The Provincial also acknowledged the dedicated work of the formative community in forming these young brothers in our way of life. We congratulate these brothers and accompany them and the community through our prayers and fraternal support.




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There are two Secular Carmelite (OCDS) communities at Margao. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Community was begun in 2006, when Fr. Diogo Proen�a was the Superior. His predecessor, Fr. George Santhumayor, had already explored the possibilities and prepared the ground.

At present the community comprises of:
12 Definitive Promise members.
1 Temporary Promise
6 in Initial Formation II
1 in Initial Formation I
2 in Aspirancy
15 for the �Come and see� programme
6 Friends of Carmel

21st of November, 2021 was a great day for the community as they were canonically established. The thanksgiving mass at 9.00 am was presided over by Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor, the Provincial of the Karnataka-Goa Province. All the OCDS members of the community participated in the entrance procession along with the priests and placed a flower before the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. After the homily, the members in Definitive Promise, belonging to both the communities renewed their commitment.

The short rite of Canonical Establishment was conducted in the hall, with OCDS members of both communities and the friars from the Monastery. Fr. Silvestre D�Souza, the Superior of the Monastery conducted the rite and explained its significance. It is an official recognition by the Carmelite Order, after seeking the approval of the local Bishop, when a community has a sufficient number of member and is able to function as a stable unit of the Secular Carmel, fulfilling all conditions. Speaking on the occasion, Fr. George said that vocation to Secular Carmel is a call to radical living of Christian discipleship. �Today�s canonical establishment is like a fire that is lit and which should spread everywhere� he further stated.

Fr. Deep Fernandes, the Delegate Provincial of the Secular Carmel read the official decree of Canoncial Establishment, issued by the Superior General of the Discalced Carmelite Order. It was handed over symbolically to the Council member of the OCDS community. He commended the members for being vibrant and dedicated.

The OCDS members of St Therese of the Child Jesus Community sand the wishing song after which the cake was cut. All were given a bookmark as a remembrance. The whole celebration concluded with a fraternal meal.

This is the third OCDS community in the Province to be canonically established after Mangaluru and Mira Road, Mumbai. We pray that God bless all the Secular Carmelites and make it grow in Goa!
















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Fr. Definitor and Fr. Provincial are felicitated at Goa!
The five communities from Goa region (Mapusa, Xellim, Matadakeri, Londa and Margao) were scheduled to have their regular gathering in the month. Since the newly elected Definitor, Fr. Pius James D�Souza and the newly appointed Provincial, Fr. George Santhumayor, were to visit the region, it was decided to have a joint felicitation on 11th of November, 2021 at Margao.

It began with the recitation of the vespers and special prayers. Fr. Silvestre D�Souza, the Superior of Margao monastery was the compere for the programme. After the welcome extended by Fr. Ronald D�Souza, Frs. Joachim Rodrigues and Ivo Dias highlighted the sterling qualities of the Definitor and Provincial, respectively, and assured them of our support in discharging their onerous responsibilities. Frs. Alvito Fernandes and Juze D�Souza offered flowers, while the postulants sang a wishing song, specially composed for the occasion. The Definitor and Provincial shared the sentiments of their heart and how they never expected these turn of events. Now that they have accepted the offices, they promised to give their all and serve the province in the best ways possible.

It was a truly fraternal gathering, with lots of humour and meaningful interaction. We thank God for the gift of these two friars who are torch-bearers of the Karnataka-Goa Province and pray that they be given the gifts of wisdom and discernment to lead us in the ways of God.



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A few glimpses of the life and activities of our community:
1) Rosary:
October is a month set apart for Rosary. Our community took part in praying the Rosary, the whole month.

2) Solemnity of St. Therese of the Child Jesus:
We took part in conducting the Triduum in preparation for the Feast day on 1st of October.
On the feast Day two masses were celebrated, in which both OCDS communities at Margao took part in organizing the Liturgy. After the evening mass there was fellowship.

3) Nation wide Rosary (10th of October):
On the 10th of October, after Fraternity Meeting our community participated in Nationwide recitation of the Rosary � praying for our country, which was organized by the Carmelite Monastery.

4) Solemnity of St. Teresa of Avila:
From 12th Oct to 14th we conducted a Triduum where members got together and reflected on the �Way of Perfection� by St. Teresa of Avila � followed by Vespers, Rosary and Mass.
On 15th Oct. Morning members distributed snacks for the poor children and destitute around the railway station area. It was a great joy to see the smile on the faces of the poor.
We celebrated the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila with a solemn Mass at 6p.m. mass followed by the procession around the church by reciting the Litany of St. Teresa of Avila. During the procession, the statue of St. Teresa was carried in turns by the two OCDS communities at Margao.
5) Mission Sale:
On the 24th Oct. we had our first Mission sale - to help the downtrodden. The response was good. All items were sold out. It was satisfying and fruitful.
6) Closing of the Month dedicated to the Rosary:
We began the month with the Rosary and ended the month with the Rosary by participating in the recitation of the rosary led by children at the Carmelite Monastery.

Our community thanks and praises God for all His marvelous deeds and the blessings received.




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St. Therese of the Child Jesus OCDS Community, Margao: �Come and See�
On 19th of September, 2021 the St. Therese of the Child Jesus OCDS Community based at Lar de Sta Terezinha, Margao Goa, were delighted to welcome 12 candidates for the �Come and See� program. Fr. Jeevan Tauro OCD represented the Spiritual Assistant Fr. Silvestre D'Souza OCD who was away in Mysuru.

The president, Mrs. Martha Pereira joyfully introduced the candidates to the community. The Director of Formation, Mrs. Beliza Antao and her Assistant, Mr. Roy Rodrigues briefed them about the life of the OCDS.

During the Vespers all earnestly raised prayers to God for the 12 chosen ones. It concluded with the intonation of the "Salve Regina." Fr. Jeevan blessed the candidates and presented them with a rose and St. Therese's bookmark.

Coincidentally, it was Fr. Jeevan, Mureen, and Jyotsna's birthday this month, and so they together cut the birthday cake.

It was a lovely occasion with many smiles and much love felt by all. All headed home keeping in mind, that as Secular Carmelites, they have a particular mission in the family and the church. Congrats to all who were active in the vocation promotion drive, and have been instruments of God to bring so many to the Carmelite fold.







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OCDS at Margao: Marching ahead!
The members of St Therese of the Child Jesus OCDS community, joined in celebration on 29th of August 2021, along with their spiritual assistant, Fr. Silvestre D�Souza OCD. It was the day of the first official elections of their Local Council and the vestition ceremony. Before the mass at Lar de Santa Terezinha Chapel Margao, Goa, there was adoration for half an hour, when all gazed in silence at the Eucharistic Lord, begging him to touch each one. Fr. Deep Fernandes, the Delegate Provincial presided over the mass and delivered a meaningful homily based on the readings of the day, inviting the members to let God move from their lips, to their heart.

After an enriching year in the aspirancy, thirteen candidates entered into Initial Formation � I. Mrs. Effie Viegas, the Director of Formation led the members to the altar and Fr. Deep Fernandes, gave the Bible and Book of Constitutions to each one of them and vested them with Ceremonial Brown Scapular. They are:
Pauline D'Melo of St. Teresa of Kolkata
Laura Cardozo of St. Therese of the child Jesus
Avinash Borges of St.Joseph Vaz
Olwin Antonio Rodrigues of St Anthony
Valerie Valentina Antao of the Blessed Sacrament
Betty Luis of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Louisa D'Costa of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel
Martina Rodrigues of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Aldrin L Coutinho of St. Joseph
Jyotsna J Coutinho of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Richard Fernandes of St. Anthony of Padua
Remy Fernandes of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Mureen Kevin of St. Francis of Assisi

One candidate was inducted into Aspirancy:
Victoria Tereza A Burman

The Provincial Council arranged a short reception in the hall, after the Mass. Mr. Roy Rodrigues, the President was away in Bangalore due to an emergency and all missed him very much. Mrs. Effie Viegas as master of the ceremony entertained all with her humour. The programme ended with snacks and coffee.










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New Office Bearers of St Therese of the Child Jesus OCDS Community, Margao
Fr. Deep Fernandes, Delegate Provincial of the Secular Carmel presided over the first official elections of the Local Council on 29th of August, 2021. This community was formed two years ago �ad experimentum,� with its base at Lar de Sta. Terezinha, Margao. Frs. Silvestre D�Souza and Jeevan Tauro, the two spiritual assistants, were also present on the occasion.
After the due process, the following were elected for the next three years:
President: Mrs. Martha Pereira
Director of Formation: Mrs. Beliza Antao
1st Councillor: Mr. Agnelo Braganza
2nd Councillor: Mrs. Teresa Dias
3rd Councilor: Mrs. Mabel Dias Carneiro

Fr. Deep Fernandes, after seeking their consent, confirmed them in their respective offices. We congratulate the new team and pray for them.

The community comprises of:
9 in Definitive Promise
14 in Initial Formation � I
1 Aspirant


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New Local Council for Our Lady of Mount Carmel OCDS Community, Margao
The triennial elections for the community with its base at Carmelite, Monastery, Margao, were held on 29th of August, 2021. Fr. Deep Fernandes presided and after the process according to the Provincial Statutes was completed, declared the following:
President: Mrs. Elizabeth Santos (re-elected)
Director of Formation: Mrs. Carol Mascarenhas
1st Councillor: Mrs. Rose Mendes
2nd Councillor: Mr. Rodo Pereira
3rd Councillor: Mr. Savio Pereira (re-elected)
The new Local Council made a commitment to work for the welfare and enhancement of the local community, as a team in the presence of all and the two Spiritual Assistant: Frs. Jeevan Tauro and Silvestre D�Souza.
The community at present has:
12 in Definitive Promise
1 in Temporary Promise
7 in Initiation Formation � I
2 Aspirants
Total: 22
We thank God for all the blessings received in the past three years and wish the new office bearers all the best, while assuring them our prayers.


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The Lions Club of Margao and Nave Marg Foundation, jointly organized a free Diabetes Detection Camp at the Carmelite Monastery, Aquem, Margao on 5th of September, 2021. It was inaugurated at 8.00 am by Fr. Silvestre D�Souza OCD, the Superior of the Monastery, after a short prayer service and reading from the Holy Bible.

Over 50 people availed of this opportunity and those with FBS levels of 140 and above have been enrolled into the - "Living Happily with Diabetes Club,� wherein Diabetes Reversal programs will be initiated without medications. It should be noted that 92% Victims of Covid19 in Goa had Diabetes which most were not aware of. It is a silent killer and root cause of many diseases.

We thank Mr. Venu Vardhan Reddy representing the Lions Club and Dr Celso Fernandes of the Nave Marg Foundation, for co-ordinating the programme and making all the arrangements.


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Mount Carmel OCDS community (Margao): beginning anew!
The month of August has been really auspicious for Our Lady of Mount Carmel OCDS Community at Margao. We had the opportunity to commence our monthly fraternity meetings on 8th of August 2021, after the lockdown. We started the meetings of the year with the Eucharistic Celebration through which we thanked the Almighty God for His mercy on our community for keeping us safe, as some of our members were affected by Covid.

During the Eucharistic Celebration we had the admittance of Bro. John Marshall into Initial Formation � I, and inducted two members Mrs. Anna Maria Dacosta and Mrs. Inez Fernandes into Aspirancy. As the Church celebrated St. John Vianney�s Feast, we took the opportunity to thank God for all our Carmelite friars and Our Spiritual Assistant Fr. Jeevan Tauro under whose guidance and care our community is blooming spiritually.

We now look forward to the various opportunities provided by the Lord to our community to love and serve Him. So, we take this opportunity to invite you to come and see what the good Lord is doing in the lives of every member of our community and be a part of it!



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Release of a book on the Carmelite heritage at Chimbel!
Mr. Fernando Dias Velho, an architect by profession, who has been involved with the Heritage Site at Chimbel, has published a book along with Dr. Sidh Losa Mendiratta, titled: The Church and Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Chimbel. They have painstakingly collected all the documents and pictures related to the Carmelite Tertiaries who lived there from 1747-1835 and systematically arranged them in the book, to give us glimpse of the rich legacy the Chimbel Carmelites have left behind.

The book was released at the hands of the Provincial on 27th of July, 2021 at Carmelite Monastery, Margao, in the presence of the Local Conservation Committee at Chimbel. Participation had to be restricted due to the ongoing pandemic and Government regulations for gatherings.

We acknowledge the contribution of Fr. Archibald Gonsalves (the previous local Superior) towards this publication, which will go a long way to help us in our efforts to reclaim the property. Fr. Provincial congratulated and thanked Mr. Fernando, who was present on the occasion. Dr. Sidh is currently based in Portugal.

Fr. Anthony D�Souza, who is a member of our community at Mapusa, has been authorized by the Archbishop-Patriarch of Goa and Daman, to assist the Parish Priest of Ribandar, by carrying out pastoral ministry at the Chapel of Our Lady of Livra-Febres, Chimbel.




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All for you Lord!
The two Secular Carmelite Communities at Margao, had been eagerly waiting for the visit of the Provincial, when we could have the Promises and Rite of Admission. We thank God the Almighty for giving us the possibility of coming together on the 25th of July, 2020. Since the Civil Administration in Goa has permitted only very small gatherings for religious services, we had to limit the celebration only to a few participants.
Rev. Fr. Pius James D�Souza, presided over the Solemn Eucharistic Celebration and received the Definitive Promise of the following:
Members of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Community:
1. Seraphina Lobo of St. Teresa of Los Andes
2. Judith Pereira of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
3. Joaquim Rebello of St. Teresa of Los Andes
4. Sebastian Mendes of St. Joseph
5. Rose Mendes of St. Mary of Jesus Crucified
6. Agnes D�Silva of St. John of the Cross
7. Savio Pereira of St. Simon Stock

Member of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Community:
1. Mabel Dias Carneiro of St. Teresa Margaret Redi
We congratulate these eight members who have taken a bold step, after a long and fruitful period of formation and discernment. The whole liturgy was live-streamed on the You-Tube Channel, for the benefit of the relatives, friends and other faithful who could not be present.
Soon after the Holy Mass, there was a short felicitation programme, where a brief profile of each of those who made their Definitive Promise was enumerated by Mrs. Martha Pereira. Fr. Provincial wished them on behalf of the Province and Fr. Silvestre D�Souza, the Superior and Spiritual Assistant of St Therese of the Child Jesus Community, spoke a few words in the name of the local community of friars. The new batch of postulants sang a wishing song specially composed for the occasion.
Fr. Jeevan Tauro, the Spiritual Assistant of Mount Carmel Community prepared the candidate through a Recollection on the previous day, followed by Confessions.
The two presidents, Mrs. Elizabeth Santos and Mr. Roy Rodrigues along with the Council oversaw all the arrangements of the liturgy, which went on smoothly. Special thanks also to the two Directors of formation, Mrs. Carol Mascarenhas and Mrs. Effie Viegas for guiding the candidates for this big and special day. We fondly remembered two former Director of Formation: Mr. Oliver and Mr. Leslie Santimano, who passed away recently.
The Rite of Induction and Temporary Promises of some other members will be held later, when the situation is more conducive for a larger participation.





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A golden friar! � Postulancy Inauguration
Fr. Jossey Rodrigues, was to join his companions, Frs. Charles Serrao and Joe Tauro, to thank God for granting them 50 years in the garden of Carmel. Unfortunately, Fr. Jossey had to be admitted to hospital due to his varicose veins and it was not advisable for him to travel.

Due to the pandemic, it was decided to have a modest celebration in the presence of the Provincial. The entire community of Margao, gathered around the Eucharistic table on 25th of July, 2021. The 7 brothers who arrived here at the beginning of the month, were formally inducted into the postulancy. They are:

� Br. Calon Ujwal Coelho (Bajal)
� Br. Flostan D�Souza (Vamanjoor)
� Br. Glawin Lester D�Souza (Kelarai)
� Br. Jaden Dias (Quepem, Goa)
� Br. Premraj Monteiro (Narampady)
� Br. Jeevan Prakash D�Souza (Bela)
� Br. Sharon M. D�Souza (Siddapur, Karwar)

The last two have come from Mapusa, after completing the Initiation Course, while the remaining 5 were at Madanthyar for their PUC studies.

In his address, congratulating the jubilarian, Fr. Provincial shared some of the sterling qualities of Fr. Jossey and his immense service in various communities of the province. He described him as a �silent sufferer� who never complains or makes known his pain to others. In the last few years, he has faced many health issues, often leading to sleepless nights, but he has never stopped smiling and joyfully going about his duties in the monastery. While we thank God for his precious gift, we pray earnestly that God keeps and blesses him abundantly. The postulants wished the jubilarian in song and finally Fr. Jossey expressed his sentiments.

Due to travel restrictions and other cumbersome legal procedures, Fr. Jossey�s family members who were very eager to be present on the occasion, could not make it. We are grateful to them for their prayerful support.




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WCARMEL FOOD BANK reaches out�
The police from Margao Station approached the Carmelite Monastery and requested us to explore possibilities to provide food to a few poor people, as was done during the lock down following the first wave of the pandemic. The CARMEL FOOD BANK, accepted this proposal and two volunteers took a round of the city to ascertain the areas where most of the homeless would be found. They zeroed on three areas where many of them congregate: Margao Station side, around Municipal garden and Khareband to Navelim. It was decided to serve around 100 hot meals of khichdi and pickle by around 12 to 12.30 pm daily from Monday to Saturday.

The modus operandi for the whole exercise was charted out as follows:
- Laxmi Waigankar from Borda was approached through Louise Fernandes, a Food Bank volunteer to help with cooking of the food.
- Cooked food was brought to the Carmelite Monastery by our team of transport volunteers comprising of Mrs. Caroline Silva, Mrs. Louise Fernandes, Mrs. Alice Monteiro, Mr. Rubio Vaz, Mrs. Beenu John, Mr. Rabindra & Mrs. Virna George.
- At the Monastery, Marina D�Costa (Help and Help Charitable Trust), arranged cheerful volunteers (Gleeson, Melita, Sharlene, Cassilda, Marina, Asheena, Emilia, Chris and Barbara) to help in the packing of the food into foil containers specially procured for this purpose.
- Popular Front (Zia Rikarty) were approached to assist with delivering of the food packets to the needy through their band of distribution boys led by Sabeel. These boys were punctual in picking up the food and on their bikes ensured swift delivery.

Within a week, our team of dedicated volunteers under the able guidance of Professor Joan Rebello, our founder member of Carmel Food Bank and Fr Silvestre D�Souza of the Carmelite Monastery, got the whole exercise organized. We commenced this noble activity on 24th May 2021, the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, after invoking God�s blessings. How apt, as our Mother guided Jesus at the wedding feast of Cana, we wanted her blessing and guidance in our activity too. We successfully completed this activity on the 12th June, a week short of the month, as with the onset of rains, logistics were difficult to coordinate, and we noticed that the homeless were being provided for by other organizations as well. During this period, we also gave the homeless on two occasions a delicious meal of biryani, raita and pickle sponsored by generous donors.

Our sincere thanks to:

- The many donors who gave so very generously for this noble task. Without their valuable contributions, this activity would not have seen the light of day.
- Fr Silvestre and Mrs. Joan Rebello who so ably guided and channeled us in the right direction.
- The team of packing and transport volunteers who did the ground work on a daily basis cheerfully.
- Laxmi Waigankar who made this dream become a reality by her unfailing support, even during a family tragedy.

Carmel Food bank has already taken on its next activity of providing monthly dry ration kits to 12 financially challenged families who have lost their jobs due to pandemic. This activity will be undertaken for couple of months until, they are able to sustain themselves through proper employment. Once again we are grateful to our donors for their valuable assistance in all our endeavours and pray to God for abundant blessings on them and their families.




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We deeply mourn the sudden demise of BR. MORGAN ATAIDE (hailing from Mapusa, Goa). He was a Carmelite for 33 years and served in India and Israel. For many years he was a member of our community at Margao Monastery.

He breathed his last on 4th of May, 2021 at the age of 60. Due to Covid restrictions, the funeral mass was held at Mapusa monastery with only his close relatives in attendance. The burial took place at Margao Monastery on the same day.

While thanking God for the gift and life of Br. Morgan, we request you to pray for the repose of his soul.

Swift and sudden came the call for Br. Morgan Ataide. He was on his way for a routine check-up when he suffered breathlessness and passed away on the hospital bed at Remanso, Mapusa. The community at Mapusa and his close relatives were left shocked. We still can�t believe he is no more physically present in our midst. This morning, he was hale and hearty during breakfast, phoned his sister on her birthday and had a long conversation with her. Nobody had imagined his end could come so soon.

Due to COVID restrictions, the funeral had to be strictly conducted in private, with only a few close relatives in attendance. The requiem mass at Avila Jyothi, Mapusa, was presided over by Fr. Ivo Dias, the Superior of the monastery. Fr. Anthony D�Souza preached on the Word of God and made a mention of the troubling times, when we have to conduct funerals in a hurry and cannot even console each other with a hand shake or hug. As an Easter people, we believe in the words of Christ, who alone can console us and give us a share in his everlasting life.

At the end of the Mass, Fr. Silvestre D�Souza rendered a short eulogy, on behalf of the Carmelite friars. In it he highlighted some of the striking qualities of Br. Morgan and his service to the Order in India and Israel. The prayers before the burial at Carmelite Monastery, Margao, were led by Fr. Silvestre D�Souza, on behalf of the Provincial who could not be present on the occasion.



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The Carmelite Fathers in Goa have been entrusted with the promotion of Divine Mercy since the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in 2015. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, the former superior of Margao Monastery, took up this task in right earnest and with the help of Br. Malvino Alphonso managed to form 136 groups in parishes.
Due to the pandemic this year, only a few representatives from surrounding parishes were invited for the annual feast on 11th of April, presided over by Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, the Archbishop-Patriarch of Goa and Daman. It was telecast live on CCR TV.
We hope to continue with the catechetical formation of the groups and a book on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy is on the anvil.









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The second regional gathering of the triennium (Margao, Mapusa, Xellim, Londa and Honnavar communities) was held at Mount Carmel Hostel, Ramnagar on 8th of March, 2021. In all, 21 friars attended.
The day began with a prayer service led by Br. Pranay Pereira and two input sessions. Fr. Silvestre D�Souza, offered a few reflections on St Joseph and briefly introduced the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis: Patris Corde. Fr. Jeevan Tauro presented the texts and insights of St Teresa of Avila, regarding the saint. This was followed by sharing of ideas on how this year could be celebrated meaningfully at the personal and community level. Each community was also given an opportunity to give an update on their life and activities.
Fr. Joe Tauro, presided over the eucharist and Fr. Ivo Dias broke the Word of God. All friars joined once again before lunch, to felicitate Fr Joe Tauro who is celebrating his golden jubilee and Fr. Silvestre D�Souza who is completing 50 years of life. Fr. Ronald D�Souza highlighted the similarities and contributions of the two friars.
Since it was �Women�s Day� the friars met the staff of Mount Carmel School, Ramnagar and wished the women teachers. Fr. Silvestre spoke on the occasion and appreciated the contribution they make to our institution and the society.
All the friars then proceeded to visit the new plot at Ramnagar and the gathering ended with tea at Londa Parish. Three cheers to the Londa community who hosted this gathering and the domestic staff who worked hard to provide for all our needs. It was both a fraternal and fruitful meeting. The next gathering is fixed for 16th of August, 2021, and will be held at Stela Maris Monastery, Matadakeri.




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St. Therese of the Child Jesus OCDS community, gathered on Sunday, 20th of December 2020, at Lar de Sta. Terezinha for a homely celebration of Christmas. It began with the recitation of the evening prayer. Mrs. Effie Viegas was the compere for the evening. All the members took part in a march past, which was a warm up exercise. Carols were sung by three different groups. Then there was the exchange of gifts to the Christmas friend who was assigned to each member for special prayers during the Advent season. The Spiritual Assistant, Fr. Silvestre D'Souza, delivered the Christmas message exhorting all to put 'CHRIST' back into Christmas and make him the focus of our celebrations.
After a group photo, time was spent in fellowship and all enjoyed the Christmas delicacies which were shared.

At present this OCDS community comprises of:
8 in Definitive Promises
2 in Temporary Promises
14 Aspirants

Anybody wishing to join the community are most welcome to have a "come and see' experience at one of our meetings.



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THE FRIARS OF GOA REGION celebrate the solemnity of ST JOHN OF THE CROSS
The Goa region, comprising the communities of Mapusa, Xellim, Londa, Matadakeri and Margao came together to celebrate the feast of St John of the Cross at Carmelite Monastery, Margao on 14th of December, 2020. There was a recollection in the morning up to noon. Fr Kennet Teles, the director of the Family Service Centre, shared his insights to make our preparation for Christmas more meaningful and fruitful. Confessions followed. Fr. Ronald S. D�Souza, the Silver Jubilarian was the main celebrant at the Solemn Mass, during which three regents (Brs. Pranay Pereira, Elston Monteiro and Bala Praveen), renewed their profession. Fr. Joachim Rodrigues, Superior of Londa, in his homily, indicated how the example and teachings of St John of the Cross, are very relevant to Covid times, though he lived in a different age and milieu. Before lunch, Fr. Ajith Rodrigues wished the Silver Jubilarian on behalf of the region, highlighting some of his sterling qualities based on the alphabets of his name. The postulants, who were guided by Fr. Ronald till a few days back, offered their congratulations in song. Finally the jubilarian gave expression to his sentiments. The Superior of Mapusa, Fr. Ivo Dias, prayed the grace over the meals, which were lovingly prepared by Fr. Jossey Rodrigues. In the afternoon, all the friars gathered to discuss some pertinent issues of the region and exchange views regarding the common programmes and gatherings for the triennium. The get-together ended with the intonation of FLOS CARMELI.




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On 12th of December 1750, the Archbishop of Goa, a Franciscan, Dom Louren�o de Santa Maria, approved the Statutes of the Carmelite Tertiaries of Chimbel. This is the first indigenous Carmelite Congregation in Asia. To mark the 270th anniversary of this event, Holy Mass was celebrated at the ruins, in front of the fa�ade of the historic Church and monastery where the holy and zealous religious lived till 1835. From there they went as pastors and missionaries to various parts of Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra.

On 12th of December 2020, the State Government of Goa notified the Church and Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Nossa Senhora do Carmo) at Chimbel (within the parish of Ribandar), as a heritage site. The Conservation Committee, comprising locals from the village, who made this petition and pursued the matter for years, participated in the Eucharistic celebration. The Carmelite Friars from Margao monastery and Fr. Eusico Pereira, a native of the village (presently, Parish Priest at S�o Jos� de Areal) led the liturgical service. The local MLA, Mr. Tony Fernandes was also present and spoke at the end of the celebration, assuring all support from the government to preserve this site. We are grateful to the local Panchayat which helped us to organize this event.



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On 4 September 2020, there was a meeting at Lar called by Mr Agnelo Fernandes, the additional Collector of South Goa. It was attended by Mr Gaonkar the Fatorda Police Inspector and Mrs. Linette From Women and Child, Panjim along with V. Rev Fr Pius James Dsouza, the Provincial Superior, Fr Sylvestre Dsouza, the new superior and Fr Ronald D'Souza. Fr Archibald Gonsalves, the out going Director of Lar welcomed the guests and gave a historical account of Lar de Sta Terezinha. Then the Collector explained the rules of the institution, which was followed by interventions from both Police Inspector and Mrs Linette. Then the girls raised some doubts and sought clarification. The Collector clearly stated that discipline will not be compromised at any cost. He invite�



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The new batch of postulants were welcomed along with Fr Ronald D'souza, their fomator. After completing their quarantine period in Shellim, they arrived in Margao.


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The Senior Citizens Forum founded by Fr Archibald Gonsalves, gave him a tearful adieu on Friday, 29 August 2020. After the holy Eucharist, there was refreshment, during the program the members had a power power point presentation. They sang and danced. After cutting the cake, on behalf of the group, Mr. Morris and Mrs Farrel spoke in the rich contribution made by Fr Archie to their group and tothe Church in Goa as a whole. Then he was given a gift and a farewell card. Fr Archie remembered thebrokeof all the animators, namely, Chris, Farrel, Morris, Willy, Alice. He also prayed for Benicio and Ida the departed members. Then Fr Archie thanked one and all for their love and concern.



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The Mt Carmel group of OCDS gave a warm sendoff to Fr Archie, their Spiritual Director on Sunday, 23 August 2020. After the holy Eucharist there was a sendoff program.





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Send off party was organised by Carmel Food Bank on Saturday, 22 Aug 2020. The volunteers thanked Fr Archie for his dymanic leadership. Each member spoke appreciating Fr Archie for his contribution to the poor and to the migrants. The send off party ended with a light refreshment.



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The birthday of Lar Shelter Home animator Philomena (Filu) was celebrated on 17 Aug. After mass in the morning there was luchon celebration in the Hall where all residents of Lar gathered.


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Fr. Archie's birthday celebrated in anticipation on 7 July 2020. Communities of Xellim and Mapuca were present....


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Lar Day Out: Instead of their annual study tour, Lar children were taken out for a day to visit Bharadi cross and Cabo De Rama. All enjoyed the day.




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Lar children during lockdown.


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The Chimbel Society visited the Old Goa ruins of the Carmelite Monastery.


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The Carmelite monastery garden is given a facelift. Thanks to the hard work of Mr Blascio, Cyrus and Fr Michael along with the community.


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Destitute Home construction in Progress. April- May 2020. Contractor Mr Pio Pereira, Architect: Francis and Sharon, Project in Charge: Fr Archie ocd
Lar Retreat Centre interior Cleaned by Leon Salva. The new boy from Hyderabad. May 2020.






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Lar Shelter Home for Women under restoration. In April-May 2020. Contractor Mr Pio Pereira. Roof: Mr Robin Santos. Architect Francis Sharon.


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Lar Shelter Home for Women. Roof dismantled for a over all repair and maintenance. Due to Corona lockdown, work halted. To recommence shortly before monsoon sets in.



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Lar Destitute Home Women. Work going on fully swing. To be blessed on 19 April 2020 On Divine Mercy Feast. But due to Corona Lockdown, postponed to July 16, Mt Carmel Feast.





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On 23 November 2019, the construction site for the Destitute Home at Lar was blessed, and the stone was laid by Fr Archibald Gonsalves, the Superior. Fr Fantino placed the Benedict medals on four corners. A mass was offered at the Monastery, for this intention at 6.00 p.m. Mr Pio the contractor has already begun the ground work. The first phase of this building is supposed to be completed by 19 April 2020. Mr. Bush has prepared a blogg to raise funds for this project.



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The annual feast of Little Flower was celebrated at Lar de Sta Terezinha, at Pajifond, Margao on 1 Oct at 4.00 p.m. The Eucharist was solemnised by Fr Amandio Valadares, Parish Priest of the Holy Spirit Parish. Help and Help NGO formally took over the management of Lar by symbolically accepting a Statue of St Therese. Benefactors and wellwishers were present in large numbers.
















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