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
CARMEL HILL CANADA - GETTING STRONGER AND BIGGER
- PHOTOS MAY-JULY 2016
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
MOUNT CARMEL FEAST AT ST EDMUNDS CHURCH
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.
ALBUM NO. 32: SNAP SHOTS AT CARMEL HILL
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.
For more details of the recent brochure and flyers please log on to:
Thanking you for your prayerful support and encouragement.
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD www.carmelhill.ca
Here you have a 3 minutes short profile video of our
Little Flower Monastery at Carmel Hill Canada. Enjoy
BLESSING AND DEDICATION OF THE LITTLE FLOWER
MONASTERY CHAPEL ON MARCH 19TH, 2016
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.
ARIEL SHOTS OF OUR MONASTERY at Carmel Hill
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
Click on the image for an enlarged view
LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY: COMPARATIVE ALBUM:
FEBRUARY 24, 2015 and 2016
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.
LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY ALBUM NO. 31 -
First Visitors - Come and See Dear
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
Grand celebration organized for Fr. Alwyn
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
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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY - ALBUM NO. 30
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 click here for the photographs
LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY ALBUM NO. 29
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.
FLOWER MONASTERY ALBUM NO. 28
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
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
FLASHING ROAD SIGN at GUARDIAN ANGELS PARISH
A flashing sign at Guardian Angels Parish premises
is installed on November 7th and activated on
November 24th. This sign flashes the timings of the
services at our Church and indicates that it is a
Catholic Church. This sign is remote controlled and
has added features like announcing extraordinary
events at the Church. Please click the link below
INSTALLATION OF THE NEW PASTOR AT ST. ANTHONY OF
PADUA CHURCH - AGASSIZ - BC CANADA
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
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
Thank you Fr. Jerry
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
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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
LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY BY NIGHT: ALBUM NO 26
So far we have been posting photos of the Little
Flower Monastery taken during daylight, now you will
really enjoy the photos taken during night time.
Recently we received power to the facility but the
external lighting and landscaping yet to happen.
Once that is done you will get a better picture of
this campus. Now the BC Hydro has just installed
lights for night vigilance and to brighten up the
campus to keep away a few night visitors to the
facility; I mean the Deers and Grizzly Bears. Hope
you enjoy these photos:
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY AT CARMEL HILL - VANCOUVER -
Today is the day October 15th, 2015, the day that
the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
We the Discalced Carmelites of Karnataka Goa
Province in India and in Canada are grateful to God
and to all of you for coming here to participate in
our joy at the inauguration of Little Flower
Monastery at Carmel Hill. Our hearts turn to God for
his providence, inspiration and guidance. We
wholeheartedly thank Helen Chua Tiampo who
generously contributed towards this whole project in
memory of her loving parents Jaime and Josefina Chua
Tiampo. This is the first ever monastery by the
Karnataka Goa Province of the Discalced Carmelites
established in Canada - Vancouver.
The day was a sunny a beautiful day indeed. The
guest arrived at the site by 10 buses and many other
guests arrived by their own private vehicles. It was
estimated that around 700 people were present for
the event and 50 priest and three bishops for the
liturgical celebrations. It was a fantastic
celebration that highlighted the features of
Karnataka Goa Province. Rev. Fr. Charle Serrao
Provincial delivered a wonderfully prepared message,
followed by a prophetic message from our previous
provincial Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD. Archbishop
Michael encouraged the congregation to pray for this
facility that it may cater to future vocations and
to spread Carmelites Spirituality. After the Holy
Eucharistic celebration the Souvenir of Carmel Hill
was released by Bishop Monreo and Helen release Fr.
Rudolf's book THE WAY LESS TRAVELLED.
A wonderful meal was prepared by John Carlos and
Company. Everyone was happy and enjoyed this unique
We thank our Archbishop Most Reverend J. Michael
Miller CSB for his wholehearted support in granting
us permission to begin this project and for his
continued encouragement. We are grateful also to
Most Reverend F. B. Henry ( Bishop Calgary Diocese)
and Most Reverend David J. Monroe Bishop of Kamloops
for their valuable presence, prayers and blessings
on this occasion.
Our Provincial Fr. Charles Serrao OCD present amidst
us today to witness this great event along with our
previous Provincial Fr. Archibald R. Gonsalves OCD
who actually encouraged us to have a house of our
own in Canada during his many visits in the last few
years. We are grateful to their support and prayers.
We want to acknowledge the co-operation extended to
us by the Fraser Valley Rural Development Authority
for their support and permissions for developing
this property was represented by David Bennet. We
appreciate the tireless efforts by the Architect
John Clark and his assistant Paul Owens in designing
this beautiful edifice of God. The Alfred Horie
Construction Company have achieved this feat within
a whopping 8 months time is remarkable indeed and
deserves our congratulations and applause. Our
special thanks go to Steve Paone and his team; in a
very concrete way to Dennis Cadrain (Site
Superintendent); Allen, Mark, Robert and other
wonderful workers. We are grateful to Darrell
Wickstrom for his tireless efforts at granting us
timely advise on this project. Steve Creighton
helped us to co-ordinate the whole event of this
celebration. We thank Francis Wong who was
instrumental in coordinating the entire progress of
the building work. Stewart Hayashi was also
instrumental in getting us the Canadian Carmelite
Charitable Society along with Francis Wong. We also
acknowledge the presence of Mr. Ben Kernan from
Florida; and Pam Prior, Emmet McGrath, Mr. Kent and
others who contributed their share towards making
this event a memorable one. We thank the guest
priest who came from Rome: Fr. Ivan Pinto, Fr.
Lawrence D'Mello and Fr. Manoj Braganza. We thank
the local news papers and especially BC Catholic for
their coverage of this event. We thank Rizalina
Geronimo, Jennifer Po and Oscar Geronimo for their
support and help. Especially we thank our Carmelites
Fr. Jerald D'Souza, Fr. Rajesh Madtha, Bro. Joseph
Giroux and Fr. Jason for their help and support. We
also thank all the Carmelites who came from
different regions of Canada.
We thank you all for your prayers and encouragement.
May God be praised through all these works for his
glory. We continue to pray for Helen's health and
may God grant her long life and happiness.
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Regional Superior - Canada
25TH ALBUM: CONSTRUCTION WORK PROGRESS OF LITTLE
Watch these photos for fun. A lot of work had to be
completed before the inauguration. The photos go
from September 29th till October 9th. You will get a
glimpse of the progress and hard work of workers.
ALBUM NO. 24 - LITTLE FLOWER CONSTRUCTION
Photos clicked between September 28th and following
indicate the ground was ready with sand and rubbles
for concreting. The sign-bearing huge stone was
moved to the centre and the round about was being
architecturally planned. More details in the photos.
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Regional Superior - Canada
ALBUM NO. 23 - CONSTRUCTION OF LITTLE FLOWER
MONASTERY PROGRESS PHOTO ALBUM
These photos clicked before the inauguration will be
posted on website to complete the series of the
photographs for record. These photos clicked between
September 24-25th as the work progressed. During
this time the work force concentrated on the
compound to be ready for the inauguration. It had to
be concreted and the road had to be asphalted.
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza
Regional Superior - Canada
ALBUM NO. 22: LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY
CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS
In this album you will notice we are close to the
inauguration of the building. In fact a bit of
explanation is required here. You will see the the
building walls, I mean the wooden walls are covered
with red and ash colour tiles. Before putting those
tiles they covered the entire building walls with a
plastic type of paper and then they put a sort of
thick insulation material and after that they have
installed these tiles. This is a very strong
protection to wooden walls against adverse weather
conditions like water, moisture, fire and other
natural causes that could damage the walls. After
these security measures the walls are safe. Enjoy
ALBUM NO. 21: Little Flower Monastery
Construction Progress Photos
Here is the album number 21. I send you these photos
after the inauguration of the building. We had
gathered at the site for arranging sound system and
other details for the program. Fr. Jerald D'Souza
along with some of his parishioners had come to
inspect the place for sound system arrangements.
That day we had a beautiful visitor to our property,
a young deer was grazing just a few yards from our
building. That was a great sight to behold.
Enjoy the photos:
Guardian Angels Parish feast : Canada
Guardian Angels Parish feast was celebrated on
October 3rd in the Millennium Hall of the parish.
The celebration included a Magic Show, a Concert by
Chris and Galangar and a wonderful singing by Rachel
Dilman. Dinner was served and Frs. Rudolf and Rajesh
welcomed the guests and thanked them for their
support, friendship and their presence. We specially
thank the organizers of this event: Rizalina
Geronimo, Jenniefer Po, Cecil Boziac, Terri O’Niel,
Cathy Danford and other volunteers who made this
event a great success.
20TH PHOTO ALBUM OF THE WORK PROGRESS PHOTOS OF
THE LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY AT CARMEL HILL - BC -
Here I send you the 20th photo album of the work
progress of the Little Flower Monastery. By now a
number of invitations have been sent to our friends
and Carmelite family members. The work is
satisfactory according to the contractor and we will
get there on time for the inauguration. Just a few
days ago BC Hydro installed electrical connection
and water connection. You can see at the north end
of the property a huge tank is processed underground
which regulates the flow of water to the facility.
When the building externally looks almost complete a
lot of interior design is pending and moreover
furnishing is to be completed as well. That does not
discourage us but we need to intensify our efforts.
We have ordered some Chapel items from Belgium and
pews from Toronto. Some more items are on the way.
The paving of the ground in front of the building
will be partially done before the inauguration; but
the ground will be levelled for this event most
certainly. All the best and more to come in the next few
OUR MONASTERY WILL LOOK LIKE THIS WHEN COMPLETED
Our monastery will look like this when completed.
This is the latest artwork which is typical
reproduction of the would be building construction.
All the best.
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Canadian Carmelite
Charitable Society, Canada:
LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY -DEREOCHE ROAD BC CANADA
click on the image for an enlarged view
History of Guardian Angels from August 14th 2009 Till Date
: Arrival of Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD as administrator of the
August 15th & 16th: Fr. Jerald D’Souza introduces Fr. Rudolf to the parishioners
during all the masses and gives a short profile of his life. A
meeting of all the parishioners has been arranged at the basement of
the Rectory and a short felicitation program is organized.
October 2nd : The 60th Anniversary of the Church celebrated. Archbishop
Michael Miller is the main celebrant along with Msgr Jensen and Msgr
Mark Hagaemon and Fr. Jerald D’Souiza
November 15th: First Meeting on the Renovation of the Church Sanctuary
Organized at the end of October.
15th December: Organizing the meetings of the Renovation Committee to shift the
Tabernacle to the Centre of the Church. Meetings begin every month
on how to renovate the altar and other important aspect of
beautification of the Church.
May 19th: Fr. Rudolf solemnly installed as the Parish Priest by
Archbishop Michael Miller along with Monsignor Jensen.
July 27th: The 50 years of Jubilee of Fr. Rudolf Celebrated in the
Millennium Hall of the parish.
August 28th : Fr. Rudolf dissolves the Renovation Committee in
consultation with Archbishop Michael Miller and Monsignor Jensen. A
letter has been sent to all the members that the Renovation
Committee stands cancelled from 28th August onwards.
September 8th : Renovation works begin. The back wall of the Church
is painted into a beautiful mural of the Church and shifting of the
Tabernacle to the centre and decking the Church with the new Carpet.
The Two flying Guardian Angels were installed by Mr. Bernie Petit.
The Confessional is shifted to the back of the Church from the right
side of the Altar.
2nd October: Archbishop Michael Miller inaugurates newly renovated
Church with a new Carpet.
November 9th: The two huge Round Stained Glass windows fixed in the
nave of the Church.
Confessional is shifted making use of the part of the Children’s
February: The new Kitchen in the Rectory was installed.
March: The lawn and Garden of the Church yard was refurbished
April: The Easter Candle stand was replaced with a Bronze one.
April: The Tabernacle Light was replaced with a Bronze one.
March 25th: First Stain Glass Window fixed by Andrew Macausland (Toronto)
July 25th: The fixing of the Stained Glass Windows ends and
Archbishop Michael Miller inaugurates the Stained Glass Windows.
25th October – 10th November:
the entire Church Roof was repaired.
19th March: The Neocatechuminal community Catechesis begins
April 1st – April 20th: the lighting of the Church was upgraded with
new lights replacing the old ones.
8th April: A new Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes on the 8th April
5th May: The New office table was installed
12th May: the Neocatechuminal Convivence at Sqamish with Fr.
24th May: The roof of the Rectory is being repaired by Cambie
Roofing as it was under guarantee.
25th June: The Jubilee Celebration of Fr. Rudolf’s Priesthood by the
Deanery Priests at the Millennium Hall.
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April: Grand Luncheon served to the local poor and
homeless in the Millennium Hall of the Parish on
Easter Sunday noon.
July: Celebration of the Mount Carmel Feast on 15th
July. The Parish was honoured with the presence and
blessings Bishop Gary Gordon of White Horse Diocese.
Dinner was served after the mass and scapulars were
distributed to the faithful.
September: Final Settlement of the Donated Pipe Organ was
handed over to St. Patrick’s Church – Main Street
Vancouver. Guardian Angels Church had to spend over
50,000 CAD$ for its final settlement. Pastoral
Visitation by Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, the
Provincial of Karnataka Goa Province from 2nd to 6th
October: The Third batch of Neo-Catechumen members are
accepted into the group.
November: Renovation of the Rectory kitchen and living
December: Luncheon organized for the poor and homeless on
25th December. On 27th December a grand ground
breaking ceremony was organized at North Deroche
Road (Carmel Hill) with the presence of 150
parishioners of Guardian Angels Church.
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February 2014: A report of the Sandwich program by Guardian
Angels Church for the local poor was published in
the BC Catholic. The volunteers served approximately
38500 sandwiches in the year 2013
March 2014: For Ash Wednesday a wooden Cross was installed
in the Sanctuary to remind the faithful of the days
of penance and sacrifices. Three days of Lenten
Reflections accompanied by the Celebration of the
Holy Eucharist preached by Fr. Rudolf
March 2014: Couples for Christ (CFCFFL) begin their
Evangelization program for the parishioners
April 2014: On Easter Sunday the neighbouring Homeless and
Poor are served Easter Luncheon.
May 2014: New Adoration book for Guardian Angels Church
was introduced for use on First Fridays
August 2014: Renovation at the Rectory laundry and kitchen
washroom is completed
September 2014: Catholicism Series of 10 Episodes is being
screened for the parishioners every Tuesday till
25th November 2014.
October 2014: Canadian Carmelites Community members gather at
Guardian Angels Church for the profession of Fr.
Alfredo Pereira and Bro. Josef Giroux. 27 priests
gathered for celebration of the Holy Eucharist along
with Rev. Fr.Charles Serrao and Fr. Steven Watson
Provincial superior from California Province of the
December 2014: The new Calendars of Guardian Angels Parish for
the year 2015 with the stain Glass windows' photos
is released and distributed to the parishioners.
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February: Fr. Rudolf publishes his 30th publication: Seek
and You will Find, a book on prayer and
March: Lenten preparation by Video Screening of Seven
Virtues and Vices by Fr. Robert Barron. It was well
attended and the faithful appreciated the spiritual
help they received.
April: Seismic Assessment is done by Engineer Villaraza
from Philippians. New gardening administrator of is
appointed. Mr. Rick begins the work to keep the
lawns and plants neat and tidy.
May: Doors of the Confessional and the Crying room
are renovated with full glass to protect God’s
June: Parish office is upgraded with the security
system and automatic doors installed.
July: The roof above the rectory kitchen and sacristy
are renovated by Cambie Roofing. First CARMEL HILL
bulletin is released on July 16th, on the Solemnity
of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at St. Edmund’s Church
and on July 19th the bulletin is distribute to the
parishioners at Guardian Angels Church.
Note: In the past three years we to expand the sandwich program for
the homeless by announcing its importance to people on Sundays.
Consequently we began receiving help to feed the poor. Now we have
approximately 250 homeless fed every day from Tuesday to Friday.
him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in
the Lord." (Ephesians 2:21)
White settlers were drawn to this area by the 1858 Cariboo Gold Rush. The
West End was an out-of-the-way place and of little value compared with the
Fraser Valley. It was not until 1862 that three young Englishmen, John
Morton, William Hailstone and Samuel Brighouse decided to buy a piece of
land in the area. For that action they were dubbed the "Three Greenhorns".
The Greenhorns' land, now known as the West End, was officially called that
in 1887 when the Vancouver School Board built and named the West End school
With the Canadian Pacific Railway Company's plans for a terminus beside the
Greenhorns' acreage, the settlement of Georgia and Robson Streets and the
establishment of Stanley Park, the West End's southern boundary became known
and populated as a relaxing beach resort.