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Six Carmelites brothers make solemn profession in India

The solemn profession of six Carmelite brothers in India. (Photo: Naizil Rodrigues)

Six Carmelites brothers professed their final vows in the Order of the Discalced Carmelites of the Karnataka-Goa Province on May 22 at the Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte, Manguluru, India.

Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Province, received the vows of these brothers, such as Br. Pranay Pereira (St. Sebastian's Church, Permannur in Mangalore Diocese), Br. Alwin D'Souza (St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Nirkan in Mangalore Diocese), Br. Elston Monteiro (Holy Cross Church, Eliarpadav in Mangalore Diocese), Br. Stin George (St. Anthony's Church, Suntikoppa in Mysore Diocese), Br. Loy Crasta (Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi in Mangalore Diocese) and Hilary Rodrigues (Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, Hosad-Honavar in Karwar Diocese).

Fr. D'Souza presided over the Eucharistic celebration, which included Fr. Melvin D'Cunha OCD, the superior of St. Joseph's Monastery in Bikarnakatte, Fr. Deep Fernandes OCD, Master of Theology Students, Fr. Vincent Crasta of the Archdiocese of Delhi, Fr. Anthony Rodrigues of the Karwar Diocese, Provincial Councilors, and other priests.

Delivering a homily on the theme 'to be little victims of love,' Father D'Souza underlined the need for evangelical self-denial. 

“To offer our lives to God radically by living the evangelical councils, evangelical self-denial, and detachment is the foundation or basis of all three (chastity, poverty, and obedience),” said Father D'Souza.

He focused on the word "victim," using examples from Jesus in the book of Hebrews and the life of Carmelite Saint Edith Stein, who is known as a martyr for giving her life to the Jews and the Church. 

The priest said that “vows are a lifelong commitment to the religious profession. Who can separate us from the love of God?" 

Br. Rodrigues expressed sentiments of gratitude on behalf of the professed.   

Father D'Souza conveyed his thanks to the parents of the professed brothers for entrusting their sons to the service of the church through the Carmelite order.

Father Fernandes, the Master of Theology student, commended the professed brothers and highlighted their commendable qualities.


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