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Canadian Carmelites' Regional meeting held at Kitchener - Hamilton (Ontario)
We the members of Canadian Carmelite Region of Karnataka-Goa Province met together at Kitchener-Hamilton from August 22nd to 25th for our annual meeting. after our arrival on n August 22nd, we had the solemn celebration of the Holy Eucharist on August 23rd; Fr. Rajesh Madtha, the Birthday boy being the main celebrant and Fr. Jason Tellis the inspiring preacher. Fr. Rajesh Madtha was felicitated after the mass and people who gathered prayed for him and congratulated him. After the Holy Eucharistic celebration, we had morning prayer followed by a great breakfast. At 10 am we began the meeting by the reading the last meeting's report and election of the secretaries for registering the minutes of the meeting. Many issues connected with the region and its development were discussed. Fr. Jerald D'Souza presented the annual accounts to the members and Fr. Ranjan D'sa briefed the members the obligations all residents have towards CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) were elaborated. We also discussed the prospects the Carmelites have in Canada and the need for recruiting new vocations was also an important point that was thoroughly discussed.
After the meeting, we had a great lunch and thereafter we visited St Joseph's Cloistered Carmel at Agatha - Hamilton. We all the members are intensely grateful to Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas and Fr. Roshan D'Souza for making our stay comfortable and providing us with tempting banquets of great and delicious food. We also thank all the members especially Fr. Jerald D'Souza for organizing the event and Fr. Ranjan D'Sa for technical support. Frs. Jason Tellis, Fr. Mario Fernandes, Fr. Victor Fernandes have provided us with the logistical support and Fr. John Pinto for his great moral and spiritual support during this week. Fr. Steny Mascarenhas and Fr. Godwin were busy in contacting the local security to keep us safe during this great event. Fr. Alwyn Sequeira was entrusted with the work of liturgy and spirituality and was successful in keeping up the real Carmelite Spirit among us. We did not give any work given to Fr. Rajesh Madtha as he was celebrating his birthday. Fr. Alfredo was entrusted with the task of monitoring the situation and we thank him. Since Vijay Martin is new to Canada we kept him completely free; Frs. Melwin Pinto and Ronald Sequeira were also given total freedom as they looked tired and came from a missionary hard working region.
On August 24th we traveled to Niagara Falls to spend a day in fun, relaxation, and sightseeing. On August 25th most of the friars left back to their communities.
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD

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CARMEL HILL CANADA - GETTING STRONGER AND BIGGER - PHOTOS MAY-JULY 2016
Dear Friends,
It is my pleasure to let you know that our Monastery in Canada: Little Flower Monastery (Carmel Hill) is getting stronger and bigger. Since May this year till the end of July we had approximately 11 groups ranging from Bible Study group, Neo Catecuminal group, Jesuits Students, Aspirant Deacons, Angelina's Prayer Group, Lay sisters, Lay people, Blessed Sacrament Parish prayer Group etc. have come and experienced God and our hospitality. We are excited that many more have booked our facility and it is growing stronger and bigger. We have heard reports of our Monastery from far East of Canada (Ontario) to Vancouver a distance of 7000 kms. We get many visitors and are excited to know that this facility is indeed growing. Bro. Frank Sharma a new aspirant is doing his pre-postulancy in our facility and Bro. Joseph Giroux is continuing his religious life with regular prayer and community life and Fr. Alwyn Sequiera is managing the whole campus with caliber and expertise with the help of the community members. Apart from the lay people many diocesan priests have been visiting the facility and getting to know what Carmelites can offer to their parishioners. With the Blessings of Archbishop Michael Miller CSB who has been the greatest support of this Monastery we are growing in our attempt at sharing our charism to the whole Vancouver Archdiocese. Moreover, many Christian denomination groups are interested in using our facility for Bible Study, prayer and spiritual-theological formation. This has been a great gift to Karnataka Goa Province and we are ever grateful to Helen Chua Tiampo and her team that supports her vision for the Carmelites in Canada.
With regards and prayers
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society

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MOUNT CARMEL FEAST AT ST EDMUNDS CHURCH NORTH VANCOUVER
The Canadian Carmelites of Karnataka Goa Province celebrated Mount Carmel Feast on July 16th at 10 am in St. Edmund's Church - North Vancouver. Fr. Jerald arranged a wonderful celebration with the Bishop Paul Terrio from St. Paul's Diocese (Alberta) was the main celebrant and Fr. Rudolf and Fr. Jerald were concelebrants with the Bishop. We had also the pleasure of the presence of Frs. Steny Mucarenhas, Fr. Alwyn Sequeira, Fr. Rajesh Madtha, Bro. Joseph Giroux and Bro Frank Sharma (aspirant to Carmelites). There were more than 250 people present along with a wonderful presence of Secular Carmelites. The liturgy was well organized and Bishop Terrio gave a great homily stressing the importance of Prayer, contemplation and devotion to Mother Mary of Mount Carmel. The celebration ended with the blessing of scapulars and distribution. At the end of the liturgical celebration Fr. Rudolf invited all people to go to Carmel Hill a place of prayer, contemplation and meditation. He also stressed that the facility available is not only for religious retreats but also for lay people to spend time in peace with God. The parishioners organized a grand luncheon in the School hall and all were happy and joyful to celebrate this great Carmelite event. We congratulate Fr. Jerry for organizing this great celebration with a wonderful choir and other liturgically creative moments during this event.

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St. Dominic Parish, Hamilton Diocese - Ontario, Canada
Dear Fathers,
This is a good news from Canada. We have a new parish in Hamilton Diocese - Ontario. The new parish priest is Fr. Ranjan D'sa. St. Dominic Parish Oakville was established in 1955. Now approximately 500 – 600 people attend the weekend masses. The parish takes care of two elementary schools and a high school. The parish has a small chapel and the weekdays masses are celebrated in the chapel. It also has a small parish hall only used for parish activities. The area is residential and very beautiful. It is on the shores of Lake Ontario. On the 16th and 17th for the first time in the history of St. Dominic parish, we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel - scapulars were distributed to all. Cudos to Fr. Ranjan D'sa for taking up this great responsibility as Pastor. Fr. Ranjan through his expertise as the Spiritual counsellor can do wonders in this parish and draw more vocations to Carmel. He has been a great pastor in St. Andrew the Apostle London Ontario for more than 6 years now and has transformed this parish as a centre of Spirituality and Contemplation. We wish him all the success and good time in this new venture.

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ALBUM NO. 32: SNAP SHOTS AT CARMEL HILL
Dear Friends,
Here I present to you the latest Album no. 32, containing various snap shots of/at Carmel Hill. These photos were clicked at random from March 19th to May 15th (2016). You will find in the first section the furnishing of the commercial kitchen, visit by our Architect John Clark and Paul Ownes, a special Photo of our dear Archbishop Michael Miller CSB, valuable visit by our dear Fr. Johannes Gorantla (Definitor General from Rome), the photos of a few groups who spent time at Carmel Hill and are totally amazed at nature, surroundings and the beauty of the place; Fr. Alwyn and Bro. Joseph Giroux the community members who manage the facility beautifully and a few nuns who spent time at our facility for spiritual recollection. All looks good at Carmel Hill; and the preparations are on to accommodate new groups in the coming days and weeks. We thank again in a special way Helen Chua Tiampo who made all this possible through her team of advisors, estate planners, accountants, and lawyers; and a special remembrance of her dear parents: Jaime and Josephina Chua Tiampo and we pray for the repose of their souls.

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Thanking you for your prayerful support and encouragement.
Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
www.carmelhill.ca

Dear Friends,
Here I send you the latest video of fully furnished Little Flower Monastery - Vancouver (British Columbia) Canada.
Enjoy the video. We have 10 groups booked already and we are going ahead with full swing massive advertisement blitz for the Little Flower Monastery programs.

BROCHURE OF CARMEL HILL, CANADA

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THE LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY INAUGURATION SOUVENIR

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Dear Friends,
Here you have a 3 minutes short profile video of our Little Flower Monastery at Carmel Hill Canada. Enjoy the show.

BLESSING AND DEDICATION OF THE LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY CHAPEL ON MARCH 19TH, 2016
Dear Friends,
Here I send you photos of the Blessing and Dedication of the Little Flower Monastery Chapel by Archbishop Michael Miller CSB on March 19th 2016 - Solemnity of St. Joseph, Patron of Canada. The weather was perfect and was the first day of Spring this year. Along with the Secular Carmelites there were 75 guests present for the celebration. Fr. Jerald D'Souza organized the liturgical celebration taking care of the meticulous details printed in the liturgical guide and distributed. Frs. Alwyn Sequeira, the Superior of the house, Bro. Joseph Giroux OCD, the bursar and Frs. Steyn Mascarenhas, Rajesh Madtha, Jason Tellis and Fr. Richard Francis D'Souza OCD were present on the occasion. Archbishop solemnly began the celebration blessing the Holy Water at the entrance of the Chapel and sprinkling on the faithful as he processed into the Chapel. After the readings Archbishop preached a spiritually enriching homily highlighting the importance of the blessing and dedication of a Chapel which has its roots in the Old and the New Testament. During the mass Solemn and long prayers of dedication were recited and sung; and the Litany of the Holy Saints was sung, after which the anointing of the Altar was held in a very solemn way; abundant oil was poured on the Altar Marble Slab and in a special way the Altar Relic was blessed and incense was burnt. After the celebration and before the final Blessing Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza thanked the Archbishop for all his help and guidance and thanked each and every one who was instrumental in making this Blessing ceremony a great spiritual nourishment and experience. We thank Molly Dias and Susan and Larry for their help.

Helen's parents Jaime and Josephine Chua Tiampo were specially remembered and gratefully acknowledged Helen's contribution towards this massive building of the Little Flower Monastery. On this occasion we thank all those involved in this project: Helen's Estate Planners, her lawyers Darrel Wickstrom, Leo Amighetti, Accounting department KPMG represented by Pam Prior, Kent, Emmet McGrath, Helen's secretary Steve Creighton, Francis Wong and others. May God bless them all for their time, efforts and their contribution. We also thank the Architect John Clark, Paul Owens, the Alfred Horie Constructions: Steve Paone, Dennis Cadrain and his helpers.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.carmelhill.ca
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ARIEL SHOTS OF OUR MONASTERY at Carmel Hill
Dear friends,
Here are the ariel shots or drone shots of our property and the monastery at Carmel Hill. These photos were clicked by Dennis Cadrain. We all thank him for this unique service to us. Enjoy the photos.
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.carmelhill.ca



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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY: COMPARATIVE ALBUM: FEBRUARY 24, 2015 and  2016
Dear Friends,
Good morning. Hope you had a wonderful week. Here I send you a comparative album of the photos clicked on February 24th in 2015 and on February 24th 2016. This comparison will certainly raise your eyebrows as to the work that is accomplished within one year from the moment we started cutting trees to the completion of the landscaping around the monastery. We will be posting the 31st album shortly. Thank you for your support and interest in this venture.
 
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
www.carmelhill.ca
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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY  ALBUM NO. 31 - First Visitors - Come and See
Dear Friends,
Here are the first visitors to our facility. When we met Archbishop Michael Miller CSB recently he said to us that a Diocesan Spirituality institute "Rosemary Heights" has been shut down due to maintenance costs as that building was old. He told us that there are many groups who would want to come and use our facility. Already a few groups have booked our facility after April this year. This is very encouraging to us. Well, we will make the best use of this opportunity to diffuse Carmelite Spirituality and to be a great service to the people of God and to the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
All the best

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
www.carmelhill.ca
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Grand celebration organized for Fr. Alwyn Sequeira ocd
Dear Friends,
We had a grand celebration organized for Fr. Alwyn Sequeira ocd. He arrived Vancouver on January 19th and successfully completed his procedures in getting all his initial documents for his stay in Canada. On February 16th he met Archbishop Michael Miller and the Vicar General Fr. Joseph Phung. Then he he was introduced to various administrative departments in the Diocesan Chancery. Then in the evening we had a grand welcoming celebration at St. Edmunds community with an introduction from Fr. Jeson Tellis and prayer by Bro. Joseph Giroux, sumptuous dinner arranged by Fr. Jerald D'Souza and Fr. Steny Mascarenhas. Fr. Rajesh Madtha offered him flower bouquet and welcomed him into Canadian Carmelite Community. After our wonderful meal we gave him a tearful sendoff praying that he will continue his stay at Carmel Hill with Bro. Joseph Giroux OCD.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
www.carmelhill.ca
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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY - ALBUM NO. 30
Dear Friends,
After a long pause here I send you the latest photo album of the Little Flower Monastery at Carmel Hill - Canada. You will notice that the landscaping work is complete and we have put two remote controlled automatic gates at the main entrance and at rare entrance of the monastery. It is interesting to note that we have had quite a good number of students and people who wanted to come and spend their time at Carmel Hill; we have tuned down their requests as we are yet to complete the work. We are waiting eagerly to get the completion certificate and occupancy certificate from FVRD who are eager to see the work is completed. We are grateful to them. We are yet to furnish the rooms. The construction inside the monastery is almost complete and the commercial kitchen work is on right now. A Generator for 24 hours uninterrupted power supply has been already installed in the last week of January. Enjoy the photos clicking the link below:

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
www.carmelhill.ca
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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY ALBUM NO. 29
Dear Friends,
Here I send you the missing album no. 29. This album photos clicked between January 15th and February 2nd (2016). The main focus in this album is installing the generator to the monastery for 24X7 power supply. There was a major shift of the methane gas tank from near the monastery to another location as the fire department wanted it to be away from the monastery. Enjoy the photos.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
www.carmelhill.ca
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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY ALBUM NO. 28
Dear Friends,
On November 27th the workers at Little Flower Monastery were given a grand lunch arranged by Helen. We thanked the workers for their dedication and hard work. Mr. Dennis Cadrain introduced us and Fr. Rudolf expressed words of gratitude. On this occasion Francis Wong and Stewart Hayashi were present to enhance our joy. Fr. Rajesh and Bro. Joseph Giroux contributed their share to make this gathering vibrant.
Here are a few photos of the ongoing landscaping around the monastery. When completed this campus will look extraordinarily beautiful and neat.
Enjoy the photos

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada,
www.cccsocd.ca

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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY BY NIGHT: ALBUM NO 27
Dear Friends,
Good morning. I am pleased to send you the latest photos of the Little Flower Monastery ongoing work. A few important things to keep in mind. First of all you will find a big green tank outside the building that is meant for propane gas for the use of the monastery; cooking and for the house heating system. There is also another wooden closet which is prepared for a generator in case of power failure. Recently due to heavy storm there was two hours power cut and this could happen in this mountainous area during autumn and winter. The landscaping work has begun around the monastery which will be completed within a month from now. You will see around the monastery the yellow posts or you can call them pillars which are for beauty as well as for roof support. The parking lot in front of the building is almost complete. Shortly two automatic gates will be installed both at the lower entrance and at Alfred Horie Company entrance which is the immediate entrance as we move up to our facility from highway 7. The interior work of another 10 rooms is yet to be completed. Enjoy the photos: click the link below

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society - CANADA
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INSTALLATION OF THE NEW PASTOR AT ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA CHURCH - AGASSIZ - BC CANADA
The installation of Rev. Fr. Steny Mascarenhas at St. Anthony of Padua parish as Pastor was celebrated on November 1st, All Saints Day. Most Rev. J. Michael Miller CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver presided over the celebration and Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza concelebrated. The Eucharistic Celebration was solemn with the Knights of Columbus marching towards the Altar and saluting the celebrants. During the Homily Archbishop congratulated Fr. Steny and highlighted his duties towards his flock and requested him to tend his flock with care and concern. After the Homily the solemn installation ceremony was conducted introducing the new Pastor to the pulpit, confessional, to Baptismal font, to the entrance of the Church, to the Altar, to the Tabernacle and then to his seat. All this happened while Archbishop recited the prayers of installation. During the felicitation program in the Church itself two sisters were felicitated: Rev. Sr. Kitty and Sr. Theresa of the Little Flower Congregation as they were very actively involved in their apostolate among the Native Indians. Rev. Fr. Rudolf encouraged Fr. Steny to bring unity and harmony among the parishioners and to sow the seed of God's Love among them and he cracked a joke indicating that at the evening of our life we will be asked to spell a password to enter heaven and that password should be "Love" and not any other complicated word like "Czechoslovakia". After the mass Fr. Steny invited 170 parishioners and guests to a great sumptuous meal. The whole ceremony and celebration ended at 1 pm which had begun at 10.30 am. We congratulate Fr. Steny for being the third Carmelite Pastor in Vancouver Archdiocese.
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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF FR. JERALD D'SOUZA OCD AT ST. EDMUND'S COMMUNITY ON NOVEMBER 5TH at 7 pm
The Grand Birthday celebration of Fr. Jerald D'Souza was held at St. Edmund's Community North Vancouver at 7 pm on November 5th. Fr. Steny Mascarenhas from Agazziz, Bro. Joseph Giroux from Little Flower Monastery Deroche and Guardian Angels Community members Fr. Rudy and Fr. Rajesh were present. The Celebration began by turning Water into Wine and the sumptuous banquet that was prepared by Fr. Jerry's friends from his parish was ready on table. Fr. Rajesh praised Fr. Jerry in 5 words of wisdom: J that stands for JOY; E stands for ENCOURAGEMENT; R stands for RESPECT and R stands for REJOICING and finally Y stands for YEARNING FOR GOD. Fr. Rajesh said he is a perfect Carmelite who combines in himself both Carmelite Spirituality and Spirit of Christ himself in his life. Bro. Joseph was the official photographer. Gifts were lavished on Fr. Jerry and balloons smashed during this joyous occasion.
Thank you Fr. Jerry
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelites
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Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society (C.C.C.S.), formerly Rafiki Fundraising Society, was incorporated in 2006 with the purpose of fundraising to provide aids to alleviate poverty of children in Africa. Over the past few years, financial assistance was provided to projects in Kenya and Nigeria. In recent months, it has been providing sandwich lunches to the poor in the West-End in Vancouver. It is currently establishing a personal development institute, spiritual centre, retreat centre and educational institute in the Fraser Valley in mission to serve the Greater Vancouver area.

Our Mission & Services

Total Poverty Alleviation

Our Projects

Seminary Project in Mysore, India

The charity has assisted in partial financing of an addition to a seminary in Mysore, India for the training of young men to the priesthood.


Vancouver West-End Sandwich Services

C.C.C.S. is handing out free sandwiches to between 300-500 of the poor in the past few months


Africa Mission

The charity has supported a village in Nigeria called Oforola, of a Catholic priest who is the pastor of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Surrey