On 24th October 2014 Rev. Fr. Provincial
arrived in Vancouver and began his visitation at St. Edmund’s Church
Community. 27th evening a grand celebration was organised at St.
Edmund’s Church to solemnly begin the meeting of all the Carmelites. The
Secular Carmelites with the parish team arranged the liturgy and Fr.
Charles being the main celebrant, Fr. Rudolf preached the homily. Fr.
Jerald D’souza the Superior of the community introduced each priest of
Canada Region and offered a token of love to each member. At the end of
the mass all sang Salve Regina and the days program ended with a
sumptuous meal served by St. Edmund’s community.
On 28th we began our community meeting with the mass. Fr. Ranjan
preached the homily and Fr. Charles was the main celebrant. The meeting
began at 10 am with the reading of the report of the previous meeting
and after a few corrections Fr. Charles gave an introductory talk and
began congratulating all the fathers for their tireless service towards
the Province working here in Canada. The contributions were highly
appreciated by Fr. Charles. He also mentioned the wonderful initiatives
of the members and put on record Fr. Archi’s active role in giving his
full support to the regional development.
In the evening Fr. Charles and the priests were invited to Archbishop
Michael Millers annual fundraising dinner at Hyatt hotel in downtown
Vancouver. Archbishop mentioned the presence of Fr. Charles during the
29th October was a grand day for the Carmelites of Karnataka Goa
Province as Fr. Alfredo Pereira and Bro. Josef Giroux were making the
first profession. The total number of priests concelebrated the mass
were 27. After the grand liturgical celebrations people were invited for
a sumptuous dinner at the Millennium Hall of Guardian Angels Church
arranged by Fr. Rudolf and the parish team.
30th October after the morning mass all members headed to Carmel Hill in
the Mission – British Columbia. After an hour long drive we arrived to
greet the First Nation Representatives who have to consent to begin the
building work. After a long meeting with them food was arranged and a
few photos were clicked and Fr. Charles spoke a few words of
encouragement and assured the First Nations our support. Fr. Rudolf
thanked all and hoped to that this meeting would result in getting the
final push to start the building work as early as possible. Mr. Francis
Wong introduced the Secular Carmelite members a vision developed that
could shape the future of Carmel hill with their Carmelite houses in the
31st October Fr. Charles leaves for India via Frankfurt and Vienna.
the photographs.... click on the below links
First Profession at Canada
Meeting with the 'First Nation' representatives
Fr. Provincial with the Archbishop at a Dinner Party
Fr. Provinicial's visit to our Property