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CMR. JOAQUIM SANTAN REBELLO OF ST. TERESA OF LOS ANDES, OCDS (1953 2022)

A Carmelite, through and through!
Mr. Joaquim Santan Rebello, a member of the Teresian Secular Carmelite Order (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Community, Margao), was born on 29th March, 1953. He made his Temporary Promise on 22nd April, 2018 and Definitive Promise, recently, on 25th July, 2021. He was appointed to the Local Council (Second Councillor) in 2019, when a bifurcation of the OCDS community at Margao took place. Though reluctant at the beginning, he offered his best and remained humble, in spite of the office and honour that was given to him. It can be said that he never aspired for any recognition or position.
On being diagnosed to be Covid positive, Joaquim was admitted at Medstar Hospital, Margao a few days ago, and passed away peacefully in the early hours this morning (31st of January, 2022). The Carmelite fathers managed to give him Holy Communion and Anointing, during which he showed signs of consciousness. He leaves behind his spouse Nirmala, whom he dearly loved. She nursed and took care of him during his illness with great dedication and fortitude. He has two brothers and a sister, who had all come down to be with him during his illness. They all form a well-knit and close family.

CANONICAL ESTABLISHMENT OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL OCDS COMMUNITY, MARGAO, GOA
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.

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.

 

Message from the Provincial

The Discalced Carmelites have a historical bond with Goa. Less than 30 years after the death of the great St Teresa of Jesus (Avila) - the reformer of the Carmelite Order, and even before her canonization the friars had reached the capital of Portuguese India. The founder of the Carmelite community in Old Goa was Fr. Leander, a native of Burgos in Spain. From this community in 1638, .......

Message from the Superior

Just a couple of years ago, when I completed my term as Provincial, I was asked to shoulder the responsibility as Superior of the Carmelite Monastery at Margao. This being my first appointment in Goa, I was a bit anxious! Now that two years have gone by, I can confidently say, the Carmelite Monastery has been offering a lot to the life and vitality of Carmelites and the Church in Goa.


Happenings @ the Monastery

Sunday Mass Times:
7.00 am (Konkani)
9.00 am / 11.00 am (English)

Please note: No masses in the evening

Confessions:
Morning: 9.00 - 11.30
Evening: 3.00 -  5.30
Please note: No confessions on Sundays


Lar de Santa Terezinha

It was way back in 1947, when India celebrated its Independence; Goa still continued to be under the Portuguese Rule. The city of Margao, saw the humble beginnings of the dawn of a new institution, namely, Lar de Santa Terezinha. Fr. Jose Marie a devout Carmelite priest, dedicated to the service of the poor and the marginalised, found an abandoned baby near the Carmelite Monastery at Malbhat.


Photo Gallery

Some of the programmes held @ the monastery


Sponsor a Seminarian

DO YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF THE CARMELITE FAMILY???
HERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY...
SPIRITUAL ADOPTION OF A SEMINARIAN
You are a practicing Catholic and you would have loved to see your son become a priest or your daughter become a Nun. Unfortunately, this has not happened or may be you do not have children! Do not be disappointed, you can still have a priest from your family by sponsoring a Carmelite Seminarian.

Carmel Matrimonial

On a daily basis, young men and women frequent the Carmelite monastery requesting prayers and blessings, so that they may find a suitable life partner. Today young Goans migrate to different parts of India and abroad for education and seeking job opportunities. When they want to marry, they come back to Goa looking for Goan proposals and find it quite difficult to find a suitable life partner from among the Goans just because it is difficult to get in touch with them.


Accommodations

Three Halls fully furnished with seating arrangements and sound system are available to hold events, such as: Seminars and Conferences, Retreats and Conventions, Family events such as Birthdays, Jubilees, First Communion, etc. Facilities on campus: Aqua Guard drinking water, Hot water for bath, Parking facility for Buses and Cars, Chapel for Private mass and prayers, Open Space for Camp Fire

       

 

O U R   T E A M


Fr. Silvestre D'Souza


Fr. Ronald D'Souza


Fr. Jossey Rodrigues


Fr. Marlon Rodrigues


Fr. Anil Veigas


Fr. Jeevan Tauro


Br. Malvino