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Carmel Hill (Carmel Gudo),
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Mangalore - 575 005

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Easter 2024 at Infant Jesus Shrine
The Easter celebration at the Infant Jesus Shrine began with the rite of the blessing of fire, lighting of the Candle and procession. Fr Rayan Pinto was the main celebrant and Fr Rudolphy D'Souza preached on the days' readings. Huge crowd was present for the Easter celebration.

Ave Crux Spes Unica, Hail Cross Our Only Hope
On the evening of March 29th, 2024, the Infant Jesus Shrine held a commemoration for the Passion of the Lord. The event took place on the premises of the Shrine, where earlier in the day, the faithful had already taken part in the Way of the Cross, meditating on the Passion in multiple languages. The evening ceremony saw a large number of spiritually prepared attendees joining in for the Good Friday liturgy. The sombre mood of the Liturgy was further deepened by the homily delivered by Fr Deep Fernandes, which was preceded by the reading of the Passion of the Lord. Fr Rudolph D'Souza led the rite as the main celebrant, accompanied by other community priests. The veneration of the Cross was the highlight of the ceremony, with three designated places for the faithful to pay their respects. The communion rite followed, and the attendees were requested to maintain silence and respect the mood of the day as they left for their homes.

Good Friday, draws a huge crowd
The Infant Shrine organized this devotion on 29 March 2024 i.e. on the Good Friday. After the Morning Prayer, the Konkani Way of the Cross was organized in the Shrine premises by Fr Stifan Perera. It saw a large participation of the people who meditated on the Stations of the Cross by carrying the Cross, singing hymns and meditating the stations with its application in our daily context. After this, Way of the Cross was held consecutively in the Shrine at 9 AM in Konkani, 10 AM in English and 11 AM in Kannada. Brothers organized the Way of the Cross in the Shrine and provided meaningful reflections and lifted up prayers to the Crucified Lord.

Maundy Thursday at Infant Jesus Shrine
In a poignant moment after the homily, Fr. Melvin stepped down from the altar and washed the feet of twelve apostles. These apostles consisted of an entire family - including the grandfather, grandmother, their son, his wife and their Child, Br. Gregory Menezes OCD, an elderly and sick brother, a religious nun, one representative each from five committees of the Shrine. Their ages and walks of life varied, but they were united in their faith. At the conclusion of the Mass, in a solemn procession, the Blessed Sacrament - the very body of Christ - was carried toward the Repose Altar inside the Shrine. The faithful followed, heads bowed in worship. The faithful joined in humble adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Later, everyone engaged in silently accompanying the Lord, commemorating his painful experience at Gethsemane. The atmosphere of the Shrine, projected an air of intersection of the earthly and the Divine, where men adored their God, who became man and out of His love for humanity, chose to live on as a little Host!

Death Notice
Rev. Fr. Walter Lobo, OCD a Carmelite zealous missionary in the land of Tanzania and a member of our Karnataka-Goa Province breathed his last today at 10-10 am, March 27, 2024. He was suffering from Cancer and was a member of St Joseph’s Monastery, Carmel Hill-Bikarnakatte.

Throughout his life, Rev. Fr. Walter Lobo tirelessly dedicated himself to spreading the love for prayer among the Friars of the Karnataka Goa Province and the people of God, leaving an indelible mark on all those he encountered. His unwavering devotion to his vocation, love for Carmelite Saints, and his commitment to serving others will forever be remembered.

May the Lord, who called him to the order of Carmel, grant him eternal rest and peace. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his dear family members.

The funeral will be held on April 01, 2024 Monday at 03.00 pm, at the Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill, Mangaluru.

"ಸೊಮ್ಯಾ ಸಂಗಿಂ 40 ವೊರಾಂ"
"ಜೆಜುಚ್ಯಾ ನಿಮಾಣ್ಯಾ ಜೆವ್ಣಾವೆಳಾ ಜೆಜುಚ್ಯಾ ಉಜ್ವ್ಯಾಕ್ ತೆಂಕುನ್ ಬಸ್'ಲ್ಲೊ ಜುವಾಂವ್ ಜೆಜುಚೊ ಮೋಗ್ ಅನ್ಭೋಗ್ ಕರುಂಕ್ ಪಾವ್ಲೊ. ಜೆಜುಚ್ಯಾ ಲಾಗ್ಗಿಂ ಧಾವ್ಯಾಕ್ ಬಸ್'ಲ್ಲೊ ಜುದಾಸ್ ಆಪ್ಣಾಚ್ಯಾ ಸ್ವಾರ್ತಾಕ್ ಆನಿ ಹಂಕಾರಾಕ್ ಲಾಗೊನ್ ಜೆಜುಚ್ಯಾ ತ್ಯಾ ಮೊಗಾಚ್ಯಾ ಉಬೆಕ್ ಶೆಳೆಂ ಉದಾಕ್ ವೊತಿಲಾಗ್ಲೊ. ಆಮಿ ಹ್ಯಾ 40 ವೊರಾಂನಿ ಸೊಮ್ಯಾಕ್ ಲಾಗ್ಗಿಂ ರಾವ್ಯಾಂ. ತಾಚ್ಯಾ ಮೊಗಾಂತ್ ಉಪೆವ್ಯಾಂ. ಆಮಿ ಚಾಳೀಸ್ ವ್ಹೊರಾಂಯೀ ತಾಚೆಸಂಗಿಂ ಖರ್ಚಿಜೆ ಮ್ಹಣ್ ನಾ. ದೋನ್ ನಾಣಿಂ ಕಾಣಿಕೆಚ್ಯಾ ಡಬ್ಬ್ಯಾಂತ್ ಘಾಲ್ಲ್ಯಾ ತ್ಯಾ ವಿಧ್ವಿಚಿ ಕಾಣಿಕ್ ಮೆಚ್ವೊಲ್ಲೊ ಜೆಜು ಆಮಿ ಖರ್ಚುಂಚ್ಯಾ ಥೊಡ್ಯಾ ವೊರಾಂಕ್ ಸಯ್ತ್ ಭರ್ಪೂರ್ ಮಾಪಾನ್ ಆಶೀರ್ವಾದಾಂ ವೊತ್ತಲೊ." ಬಾಪ್ ದೀಪ್ ಫೆರ್ನಾಂದ್ 40 ವೊರಾಂಚ್ಯಾ ನಿರಂತರ್ ಸಾಕ್ರಾಮೆಂತಾಚ್ಯಾ ಆರಾಧಾನಾಚ್ಯಾ ಸುರ್ವೆಚ್ಯಾ ಮಿಸಾರ್ ದೆವಾಚ್ಯಾ ಉತ್ರಾಚೆರ್ ನಿಯಾಳ್ ದೀವ್ನ್ ಉಲಯ್ತಾಲೆ.

ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 26, ಮಂಗ್ಳಾರಾ ದಿಸಾ ಸಕಾಳಿಂಚ್ಯಾ 6 ವೊರಾರ್ ಬಾಳೊಕ್ ಜೆಜುಚ್ಯಾ ಪೂನ್'ಶೆತಾಂತ್ ಮಿಸಾಚ್ಯಾ ಬಲಿದಾನಾಸವೆಂ "ಸೊಮ್ಯಾ ಸಂಗಿಂ 40 ವೊರಾಂ" ಹ್ಯಾ ನಿರಂತರ್ ಆರಾಧನಾಕ್ ಚಾಲನ್ ಮೆಳ್ಳೆಂ. ಬಾಪ್ ಮೆಲ್ವಿನ್ ಡಿ'ಕುನ್ಹಾ, ಕೊವೆಂತಾವ್ಯಾ ವ್ಹಡಿಲಾಂನಿ ಮಿಸಾಚೆಂ ಬಲಿದಾನ್ ಭೆಟಯ್ಲೆಂ. ಪೂನ್'ಶೆತಾಚೆ ದಿರೆಕ್ತೊರ್ ಬಾಪ್ ಸ್ಟೀವನ್ ಪಿರೇರಾ ಆನಿ ಬಾಪ್ ಜೋಸೆಫ್ ಡಿಸೋಜಾ ಹಾಣಿಂ ಸಹಭೆಟವ್ಣಿ ಕೆಲಿ. ಹರ್ ಘಂಟ್ಯಾಕ್ ಎಕೇಕ್ ಪಂಗಡ್ ಯೇವ್ನ್ ಹಾಂಗಾಸರ್ ನಿರಂತರ್ ಆರಾಧನ್ ಚಲವ್ನ್ ವ್ಹರ್ತೆಲಿ.

Milaakat 2024
Taste and See, the Lord is good! (Ps 38:4)

Contemplation is an encounter with God which transforms us. It is a kind of letting go. It means resting in God, beyond words, beyond thoughts and beyond activity. It is taking to heart the words of God in the psalm: ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ An important emphasis in the Carmelite tradition is the need to alert people to the fact that contemplation, as God’s gift, is open to all. It is not the preserve of monks, or friars, or nuns, or those with plenty of leisure time. It is as much for busy people, leading busy lives, as for anyone else. The Carmelite friars carrying this responsibility of helping others fall in love with God through silent and contemplative prayer, held three days of contemplative retreat at St Joseph’s Monastery, Bikarnakatte under the banner ‘Milakat.’ (Encounter). The event was hosted from the 4th of March till the 6th after the 6 PM Mass. Frs Deep Fernandes, Jeevan Tauro and Richard Menezes guided a considerable crowd of over 200 people in intense prayer and reflection. With the aid of the Carmelite teachings taught by the experiences of its saints and with the method of Lectio Divina, the faithful were directed how to pray in silence and meditation. The event also involved interactive discussion with the people so as to understand their apprehensions and experience of the prayer and the praying of the Liturgy of the Hours. On an overwhelming note, there was a gradual increase in the number of the faithful participating everyday which was the visible proof that in the heart of everyone, there is an urge to relate to God who dwells within and the joy of this relation is shared with their family and friends! The success of the Milakat was nothing but the ‘inflow of God’s love’ in the hearts of the people who left relaxed, satisfied and most essentially LOVED! Having tasted the sweetness of being in the Lord's company, the faithful would henceforth join for contemplative prayer every week on Monday after 6 PM mass.

Hore kanike
Mangaluru, Jan 4: Ahead of the annual feast of the Infant Jesus (January 14 and 15) at Bikarnakatte, the ‘Hore Kanike’ (offertory procession) held on Thursday, January 4 witnessed scores of devotees. The offeratory procession of Infant Jesus shrine Church Bikarnakatte commenced from Cordel Church, Kulshekar to Bikarnakatte church. Fr Clifford Fernandes, parish priest, Kulshekar church offered prayer prior to the offeratory procession. After having participated in a prayer service held by Fr Clifford Fernandes at the Kaikamba-Bikarnakatte Grounds, the procession was flagged off from Cordel Church, Kulshekar to the Infant Jesus shrine. Many faithful devotees participated in the colourful Horekanike, which was made up of offertory materials provided by different community contributors to be used for the noon meals that will be served on all the novena days. The formal inauguration of the festivity was held later with the votive offering procession beginning at Holy Cross Church, Kulshekar, Mangaluru. It was followed by an inter-religious meet and flag hoisting. Journalist A K Kukkila, CSI Church bishop Fr Hemachandra Kumar, Brahmakumari Eshwari, three speakers of different religions delivered the message of communal harmony. Superior of St Joseph Monastery Fr Melvin D'Cunha, director of Infant Jesus Shrine Fr Stephan Periera and provincial counsellor Fr Alponso Pinto were present.

Golden Priest: Rev. Fr Joseph D’Souza
On Saturday, 30 December 2023, the community of St. Joseph’s Monastery, Mangaluru, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Rev. Fr Joseph D’Souza, who has lived 50 long and fulfilling years of priesthood, dedicating his life to the service of God and his people. After the morning’s Eucharist, the community gathered in the refectory to cut a cake and share the joy of the occasion. Rev. Fr Alphonse Britto, the Provincial Councillor appreciated Fr Joseph for all he has done for the Province. In his short speech, Fr Joseph thanked everyone, especially the community members, for their wholehearted love and support, especially during his ill health. He also thanked God for the gift of his vocation and the opportunity to serve him in various ways. He expressed his hope and trust in God’s providence and guidance for the future. The celebration was a memorable and joyful event for Fr Joseph and the community, as they rejoiced in the Lord for the gift of his priesthood and his life.

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.

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.

Pro Orantibus Day celebrated at the 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.

Aeons of Service and Generosity: 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 a proof of their reception of manifold graces from Infant Jesus. The happiness and peace that each of them radiate 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.

Drawing & Colouring Competition held at Infant Jesus Shrine
Oct 21, 2023: Drawing & colouring is when our mind meets the Universe through imagination & creativity. To encourage creativity in children, Naman Ballok Jesus Organized a Drawing and Colouring and Competition at Infant Jesus Shrine on October 21st, Saturday at 4pm. More than 70 children enthusiastically participated in the competition. The competition was held in three categories.

The Winners of the competition are as follows :
Nursery to 2nd Std:
First Place : Loy; Second Place : Shina Rego; Third Place : Nishel Pearl.
3rd Std to 5th Std:
First Place : Ninisha Prisha Monteiro; Second Place : Jeethan Dsouza; Third Place : Rikha Amilia Lobo.
6th Std to 10th Std:
First Place : Joswin Sharun Pinto; Second Place : Simona Pinto; Third Place : Ronan Lobo.

Carmel Matrimonial App inaugurated at Infant Jesus Shrine
Carmel Matrimonial was initially an offline venture, that became useful as an online website during the lockdown period. It continued to be so for the convenience of people. Carmel Matrimonial has now been launched as an app on play store which was officially inaugurated by Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza, bishop emeritus of Mangalore diocese during the Oasis Retreat at Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill on October 25 after the eucharistic celebration. St Joseph’s Monastery superior Fr Melvin D’cunha, Infant Jesus Shrine director Fr Stifan Pereira, Naman Ballok Jesu editor Fr Ivan D'Souza and Leo D'Souza were present. Fr Stephen Lobo was thanked for his untiring efforts to make the website a reality and Leo Victor for maintaining the website.
Carmel Matrimonial Link: https://qrco.de/beTDQo

Oasis 2023
Into the needy dry lands of arid human souls, the grace of the spirit was given, at the 3 days’ retreat that was held at Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel, Hill-Mangaluru. The Retreat titled, “Oasis 2023” is a venture by the Carmelite friars to offer the people of God a rich pasture of God’s word, comprising theological and Biblical exhortation. The shrine campus was inundated with people all three days of the retreat, and it was an explicit manifestation of the people’s search for the divine, and the longing to satisfy their spiritual thirst with the fresh waters of the scriptures. The retreat was held on 23-25 October 2023. It zeroed-in on the St. Paul’s Letter to Romans. Carmelite Friars along with Br. Prakash D’Souza (Bandra) guided the retreat. It included Praise and Worship led by Fr. Joseph, D’Souza, who along with his group enlivened the crowd in singing the praises of the Lord. The priests offered insightful reflections on various themes inferred from the highly theological Epistle of St. Paul. Reflections/Talks were given by Carmelites which saw Rev. Fr Deep Fernandes, Rev. Fr Joseph Cyril D’Souza, Rev. Fr John Pinto and Rev. Fr Rayan Pinto. Adoration on all three days was guided by Br. Prakash D’Souza.

Visit to the Shrine by Smt. Rinchen Lhamo
Smt Rinchen Lhamo Hon’ble Member National Commission of Minorities Government of India paid a courtesy visit to the Infant Jesus Shrine on Oct 17, 2023 at around 10 am. Fr Melvin DCunha the Superior of St Joseph's Monastery welcomed her cordially and explained to the ministry that is being done by the Carmelite Priests and the various religious and social activities that are being carried out by the Shrine. She was appreciative of the architecture of the Shrine and the services. Fr Stifan Perera the Director of the Shrine was present.

Br Baptist laid to rest
The much loved, Br. Baptist Rodrigues of St. Joseph, lovingly called Br. Batti breathed his last on 3rd October 2023. He was on dialysis for more than four years; his condition worsened recently. Carmelites of the KG Province are deeply saddened by his demise, and so are his dear family members. The funeral rite took place on the 6th of October 2023. Many flocked to Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill-Mangaluru, to pay a final farewell to dear Br. Batti. The mortal remains were brought to the shrine at 01:00pm. The Bishop of Mangalore, His Excellency Peter Paul Saldanha, paid his respects to Br. Baptist. The congregation prayed the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet for the soul of Br Baptist. At 02:30pm, the Carmelite Friars prayed the Office for the Dead, commending the soul of Br. Batti into God’s care. The shrine was filled with people who have known Br. Baptist and have experienced his tenderness. The Eucharist was celebrated at 03:30pm by His Excellency Rt. Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop Emeritus of Mangalore Diocese. Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonzalves preached a meaningful homily, and accentuated the value of Christian hope, and life eternal. Many Carmelite friars and priests of the Diocese concelebrated the Mass in fond affection to their dear Br. Baptist. Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, the Provincial Superior, Carmelties, Karnatala-Goa Province, Rev. Msgr. Maxim Noronha, Vicar General, Rev. Fr. Daniel Veigas OP, the Episcopal Vicar for Religious, Rev. Fr. Melvin D’Cunha, the Superior, Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonzalves, Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor were among those who concelebrated the Mass, and paid their respects to Br. Batti.

Br Baptist Rodrigues passes away at 79
Br. Baptist Rodrigues of St. Joseph who, irrespective of age, religion, and gender, was affectionately called ‘Batti Brother' has returned to the bosom of the Lord at the age of 79. He breathed his last at 1:00 p.m. (Oct 3, 2023) at KMC Hospital, Mangaluru. He hails from St. Michael’s Parish, Bellore, belonging to the diocese of Mangalore. He was born to the late John Rodrigues and Cocess Rodrigues. They had seven children, and among them, two daughters found their religious calling in the congregation of Apostolic Carmel (AC). Having been born on June 22, 1944, Br. Baptist joined the Carmelite Order in 1963 at Alwaye, Kerala. He made his first profession on March 19, 1969, in Podanur, Tamil Nadu, and his Solemn Profession in 1974. Throughout his life, he has rendered selfless and generous service, especially at Pushpashrama, Mysuru, St. Joseph’s Monastery, Mangaluru, Asha Deepa, Madanthyar, and Carmel Ashram, Koteshwar. The funeral of Br. Baptist is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 6, 2023, at the Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill, Mangaluru, at 3:30 p.m. May his soul rest in peace.

Silver Jubilee of Prison Ministry India inaugurated
Dr Aloyisious Paul D'Souza, the bishop emeritus of Mangalore inaugurated the silver jubilee year of Prison Ministry India - Mangaluru unit on September 28 at Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill, Mangaluru. He officiated at the Euchaaristic celebration where Fr Stifan Perera, the director of the shrine preached a meaningful homily reflecting on the Biblical readings of the day. His homily centered on the theme how to rebuild the 'temple of the Lord' and the need for it in the present context. At the end of the liturgy, bishop emeritus, unveiled the logo of the Jubilee Year and recalled the launch of Prison Ministry India - Mangaluru unit 24 years ago. He appreciated the yeoman services rendered by the members of the unit and wished all success in the Jubilee year. When it was launched, the ministry was entrusted to the leadership of Carmelite priests of the Infant Jesus Shrine. Many lay people and religious sisters joined this mission and carried it out faithfully.

Naman Balok Jezu January 2023

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The Carmelites in Karnataka: The Teresian Carmelites had established themselves in Goa and in Kerala in the seventeenth century. And since the region formerly known as the Carnatic, lies between Goa in the north and Kerala in the South, the Carmelites had inevitably to pass through Karnataka when proceeding by land from Goa to Kerala. And it is not surprising to find them residing at least on a temporary basis, in places like Bijapur, which form part of today's Karnataka. In his ‘Viaggio alle Indie Orientali’ Fr. Vincent Mary of St Catherine, has left us interesting descriptions of the beliefs, customs, feasts of the Canara of his time, and even of the scenic beauties and the cultivation and other aspects of life. But he found the Christians greatly neglected. And, on his reporting the need of the Canara Christians to the Holy See, Mangalore secured its first Vicar Apostolic in 1677. 8 read more

 

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Infant Jesus has been honored with a magnificent shrine at Carmel Hill, Mangalore. The architectural structure and design of the newly inaugurated shrine is unique in many ways. Carefully planned, it has a rich symbolic meaning and significance derived principally from Biblical themes, of both the old and the new testaments. Here below we give in brief its main features. Here below we give in brief its main features. Here below we give in brief its main features. Here below we give in brief its main features. 8 read more



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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
THEME: JESUS CAME TO GIVE LIFE, LIFE IN ABUNDANCE (JOHN 10:10)

1. ABUNDANT LIFE - GOD
2. FORGIVENESS
3. LOVE
4. SUFFERINGS
5. 7 WORDS FROM THE CROSS AND RESURRECTION
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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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