Carmel – History and Report
Spiritual perfection is not only the task or duty of
religious priests and nuns but is also offered to the
Christian faithful: “You must be perfect just as your
Father in Heaven is perfect” (Mt 5: 48). Vatican II in
its document “Light of the Nations” teaches that all the
Christian believers according to their vocation and
their state of life have the duty to tend to the
perfection of love for God and neighbour and to make
their contribution in the respective fields of their
profession to the advancement of Humanity.
For many centuries the great religious
Orders-Franciscans, Augustinians, Dominicans, and
Carmelites- offered opportunities to the Christian
families and associations in the neighborhood of their
convent and monasteries of partaking and sharing in the
spirituality and charism of their own respective Order.
These lay persons who while remaining seculars and
following secular professions share in the charism of
religious Orders were known as Tertiaries.
The Foundation of the Carmelite Tertiaries, which was
also called “Third Order,” is attributed to Blessed John
Soreth, the Superior General of the Carmelites in 1455.
Today the Third or “Secular” Order of Carmel has spread
in many countries all over the world. The Secular Carmel
has nearly 12,000 members worldwide and 800 being
Conditions for Membership:
One must have a vocation to Carmel. Vocation to
Carmel is a personal call from God. One is required to
live as a Carmelite not only during the meetings, but in
one’s daily life. Carmel is a lifestyle.
Therefore, aspirants for membership in the Secular
Carmel are expected to know and practice their catholic
faith as far as possible. Their families should be
models of Christian Family living. They should regularly
frequent the sacraments and fulfill their religious
Since devotion to Mary, Mother of God has always been a
special feature of Carmelites Spirituality, Secular
Carmelites are expected to cultivate filial devotion to
Mary, wearing Her scapular trustfully and invoking Her
through the recitation of Rosary.
The Carmelite Saints, Teresa of Jesus, John of the Cross
and Therese of Lisieux popularly known as the Little
Flower are three great guides in the spiritual life.
They have all been declared Doctors of the Church.
Reading their writings and imbibing their spirituality,
Secular Carmelites will enable themselves by God’s grace
to grow in faith and love. Thus they will be able to
overcome the materialism that is invading all sectors of
In this way the members of the Secular Carmel will be
able to keep faithfully the promises they make after
completing their formation.
Formation in Carmel Family:
Applicants above 18 years of age are expected to
undergo an initial one-year period known as the
aspirancy. The aspirancy is for the careful discernment
by the community council and the aspirant of the
vocation to Carmel, before acceptance as a candidate in
formation. At the end of the aspirancy, the candidate
undergoes the first two years of formation before making
their First Promise. The candidate continues for another
three years of formation and upon successful completion,
and diligent discernment of the vocation by the
candidate and the community council throughout the
formation years, they may be admitted to the Definitive
Profession of the three Evangelical Counsels in
accordance with their state of life.
Secular Carmel in our Province
Delegate Provincial :
Fr. Rovel S. D'Souza
COMMUNITIES AND SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS
Koteshwar - Infant Jesus Community: Fr. Deep
Kushalnagar - Prophet Elijah’S Community: Fr.
Barnabas Monis OCD
Mangaluru, Bajjodi - Infant Mary Community: Fr. Ivan
Mangaluru, Bikarnakatte - St Teresa of Avila
Community: Fr. Ligoury Crasta OCD
Margao - Our Lady of Mount Carmel Community: Fr.
Archibald Gonsalves OCD
Margao – St Therese of the Child Jesus Community:
Matadakeri, Honnavar: Fr. Rajesh D’Souza OCD
Mira Road (English) - St Elizabeth of the Trinity
Community: Fr. Lancy Mendonca OCD
Mira Road (Konkani) - St Joseph’s Community: Fr.
Lawrence D’Cunha OCD
Mysuru (Pushpashrama) - Little Flower Community: Fr.
Augustine Robert OCD
Vijayanagar: Fr. John Pinto (Belthangady) OCD
COMMUNITIES IN FORMATION:
Gorwa, Gujarath: Fr. Kaushik Parmar OCD
Londa: Fr. Wilfred Frank OCD
Mangaluru, Kankanady: Fr. Ligoury Crasta OCD
Mangaluru, Ranipura (Ryshivana): Fr. Joseph D’Souza
Mapusa: Fr. Ivo Dias OCD
Mysore, Bogadi: Fr. Alphonse Britto OCD
Rajodi: Fr. John Pinto (Arwa) OCD
Talegaon / Pune: Fr. Peter Rebello OCD
Xellim: Fr. Praveen Pinto OCD
Delegate Provincial (Canada
Fr. Roshan D’ Souza OCD
Local Communities and Spiritual Assistants
St. Joseph Community, Calgary: Fr. Roshan D'Souza
St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes Group, Coldstream:
Fr. Peter Nguyen
St. John of the Cross Community, North Vancouver:
Fr. Cannio Remedio Cardozo OCD
St. Teresa of Jesus Community, Vancouver: Fr. Victor
St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face
Group: Fr. Mario Fernandes OCD