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  • FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 19

    Dear Friends,
    Here I bring you the 19th album of our construction work progress photos. At this point the entire structure of our monastery is complete. Now the interior design work and the final insulation of the roof work will start shortly. The big kangaroo crane will be removed in another two days from in front of the building. Then the campus levelling work will begin. Lots of work is pending but the contractor is quite confident to finish the job before October 15th. Here in Canada especially in the West Coast the climate has gradually become sober and the temperature is quite pleasant. The workers at our campus feel comforted due to change in the climatic conditions. We all look forward to this wonderful day of the inauguration on October 15th at 11 am. Fr. Jerald D’Souza has already mailed invitations to more than 170 destinations: parishes, convents and religious houses in Canada. We have also mailed a copy of the invitation to the Province Website and the Province Secretary has sent to all the members of the Province a personal invitation through email. Mrs. Molly Dias is working at the Souvenir to be released on the occasion. Helen Chua Tiampo has already imported Mass Vestments for the occasion and each priest will be gifted with one vestment in remembrance of this great event. We continue to pray that this program will be a great success in the Vancouver Archdiocese.
    Sincerely
    Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada. www.carmelhill.ca
    For recent photos click here :
  • FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 18

    Dear Friends,
    Good morning. Hope you had a wonderful week. Here in Canada it is summer and in India it is monsoon season. These are the photos of our construction at Carmel Hill. You can see in this album the work is in real progress and the workers are catching up with the task at hand with the deadline in their mind. All looks good. You can see for yourself the progress that is achieved in just 5 months from February 24th 2015 onwards.
    I enclose here also a report of the Architect who has given an explanation for the wooden structure, which is not well understood in Asian countries as we asian are all accustomed to concrete structures. As I have seen here in North America 75% of the structures are made in wood and only in big cities if the structures have to be multi-storeyed they are constructed in concrete and glass. The explanation in the attached sheet is self explanatory and also in accordance with the teaching of Pope Francis who has given a clarion call to protect environment in his encyclical: LAUDATO SI.Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD For recent photos click here
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  • FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 17
    Dear Friends,
    We are in mid-summer. I want to bring you the latest news and updates of Carmel Hill Canada. The construction work is on and in full swing. The contractors have an uphill task to finish the job on time. We all pray for them. Bro. Joseph Giroux OCD is keeping them happy with GAUDEMUS every alternative day after their work offering them snacks and coffee. I visited the site with Helen a number of times and each time when we enter our campus something new is ready to be seen. I am enclosing the latest photo album and you will enjoy it. Someone commented that this construction looks like a cardboard edifice; but you are wrong. This type of construction is very popular in USA and Canada and also in many parts of Europe. It is said that in UK they are building a 10 storey building with this material. The CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) has a life time of 150-200 years; and it is low cost maintenance and strong. Our contractor once said that if the concrete buildings can last 100 years, the CLT material building will last more than 150 years. Well, after these 150 years certainly there will be new technology to rebuild Carmel Hill with brand new generation of Carmelites who perhaps will think of putting up 25 to 30 storey Monasteries and preach God’s Kingdom from the top of these high-rise monasteries.
    All the best and God blessFr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD
    Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada. www.carmelhill.ca
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  • FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 16

    Dear Friends,
    We are slowly getting there towards the completion of the monastery work. Yet a lot work is to be done. On this day when we celebrate Mount Carmel Feast we are getting a glimpse of the chapel of the Monastery. Partial roofing is done and the workers will begin mounting the panels and planks on the other side of the monastery shortly. All looks good. We are in process of preparing a souvenir for the inauguration of our monastery on October 15th; and we are bringing out the first edition of CARMEL HILL bulletin on this day of the Solemnity of Our Blessed Mother of Carmel July 16th, 2015. Wish you a wonderful feast and do continue to pray for the completion of this maiden foundation in Canada. We request you all to utter a prayer for the intentions of the donor.
    Have a great day and wish you a HAPPY FEAST OF MOUNT CARMEL.
    Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada: www.carmelhill.ca
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  • FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 15

    Dear Friends,
    Hope you had a wonderful week. Here in BC Canada its hot and summer is simmering. At times we have wonderful weather too. BC is suffering due to 128 forest fires. That is why it is hazy and smokey. Here I bring you the latest photos of our construction. It all looks good and progressing. We are yet to receive 4 huge loads of CLT wood from Germany. We have already received 6 trucks. The towing company has to help these trucks to get to our place from the the main highway no. 7. You can see in the photos the towing machines doing their job. We had a great time yesterday to supervise the work that is going on. The workers and the engineering teams are upbeat. Mr. Dennis and Mr. Allan are very hopeful to finish the job on time. They say that they have to work hard and at times overtime too. But it all looks promising. Please click the link below for more clear picture of the progress of the work in album no. 15
    Sincerely
    Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society. www.carmelhill.ca
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  • FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 14

    Dear Friends,
    I am pleased to bring you the 14th Album of the construction progress photos of Little Flower Monastery at 10789 North Deroche Road, British Columbia (Canada). After the foundation work the next phase of construction work began in the second week of June (2015). The CLT wood from Germany has to be assembled and put in place. The huge Kangaroo Crane will do its job; nonetheless it will take approximately another 5 weeks for its completion of the task. Then perhaps we have the next phase of construction: interior of the building. So far so good; and looking forward to completing this huge task in the first week of October this year. We thank Bro. Joseph Giroux OCD for taking care of the premises 24 hours.
    Sincerely
    Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD
    Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada, More details: www.carmelhill.ca
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  • FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 13

    Dear Friends,
    Here I send you Album no. 13 from Vancouver – Canada. Work progress is intense and the expected loads of wood from Germany has arrived. We have received 3 huge trucks load of CLT wood and 7 more trucks are on their way. In just 5 weeks you will see the hidden monastery mushrooming up which so far was hidden with all the foundation work, piping, cabling and sewage and other systems being installed underground. We hope this album will give you a better idea of the work progress at the site.
    Wishing you all the best
    Sincerely
    Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society.
    www.carmelhill.ca
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  • FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 12Dear Friends,
    Here are the latest photos of our construction work. Now the foundation is concreted and finished. A few days it will be sprayed with water for settling and strengthening the concrete surface. The next move is to wait for the ready made wooden walls and roof of the building; probable date for the consignment to arrive is the second week of this month. You can have an idea how far we have progressed in this project. For more details click the link to the photo album number 12:Sincerely
    Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
    www.carmelhill.ca
    For recent photos click here :
  • FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 11Dear Friends,
    Here I update you with the 11th Album of the Construction of the Formation House Progress Photos. As the Architect John Clarke said this morning that the walls and roof of the Formation house are on the way from Germany, it is a special kind of wood that does not burn in case of fire. Moreover, these walls are so strong and flexible that one can put any number of nails into it and still it can be made to appear brand new. We can drill a hole and refill it with a special wood material and can look as it were nothing is damaged. These walls are 5- 6 inch thick and strong. In other words these wooden walls are called CLT wooden blocks imported from Germany. Once the walls come to the site it will take the contractors to fix them in 3-4 weeks and then to the fix the roof will take another 2 weeks. Hence, by the end of July this year the structure should be ready and then the work of fixing the doors and windows and other finishing job will begin.Sincerely
    Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, www.carmelhill.ca
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  • LITTLE FLOWER FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION WORK PROGRESS PHOTOS – 10Dear Friends,
    Here you have the 10th Photo Album of our Formation House Construction Work Progress. You can see the work progressing steadily and material is arriving on site practically everyday. Bro. Joseph is taking good care of the property and is very keen on locking the gates and opening the gates for the workers. He must also keep vigil at night because of the heavy machinery that is there in the campus. You will see a big boulder which will be moved to the centre of the lawn in front of the monastery and a brass plaque will be placed in honour of the parents of Helen.Enjoy the Photos:Sincerely
    Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza
    Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
    Canada
    LITTLE FLOWER FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS – 10
  • FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS – 9

    Dear Friends,
    Here is the latest update on the construction work of Formation House at North Deroche Road, Fraser Valley District – British Columbia (Canada). A lot of cable laying work is going on. The toughest job so far has been the landscaping and removing huge boulders from the campus area. Hereafter beautifying work will begin. You can see the fire hydrant is already in place and water pipes are laid from the District Municipality water supply unit. After they give cable connections from the bottom of the foundation upwards as the floor heating system is to be set concreting task will take place as a portion of the foundation is already laid with concrete.
    Hope you will enjoy these photos.Sincerely
    Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza
    Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
    Canada
    FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS – 9


    Dear Friends,
    Here are the latest construction progress photos of the Formation House in Canada. The foundation work along with heating piping system and sewer piping work is almost completes. We are expecting a whole load of wood from Germany at the end of this month, which is called CLT 5 layered wood that would constitute the walls of the house. Other works in the campus such as water supply, electricity supply and landscaping is going on. Hope you will enjoy these photos
    With best regards
    Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza
    Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
    Canada
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    FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS – 8
  • FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS – 7
  • Dear Friends,
    As you can see through this album the work is progressing well. The water connection and sewer connections are done. You will find a green and a red coloured huge tanks; they are meant for purifying the sewer water and will lead to a flat area where it is neutralized electrically and that water is used for gardening or for irrigating plants. Besides we also got the electrical connection what we call in India – Three Phased connection – for our Monastery. Moreover, we have completed the work of the water and heating connections beneath the foundation and you will find all those black pipes protruding upwards which will be connected to 20 self contained rooms, halls and the chapel. We hope and pray that this task will be accomplished on time. The ready-made walls of the formation house are imported from Germany and as per the information we have gathered they should reach the site in the first week of June this year. We continue to pray for the successful completion of this project.
    Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD
    Regional Superior – Canada
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    FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS – 7
  • CONSTRUCTION SITE PROGRESS PHOTOS (6) April 1st to 8th, 2015

    Dear Friends,
    Here are the latest photos of our construction in Canada. The work progress is rapid and looks like an hectic zone. The plumbing work has begun and also the water line progress is on from the municipality. The huge pipes at the site gives an impression of the quickness of the work taking place. We request your continued prayers for the successful completion of the work.
    Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD
    Regional Superior – Canada
    click the link for photo album
    :FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION SITE PROGRESS PHOTOS (6)
  • CONSTRUCTION SITE PROGRESS PHOTOS (5) March 26th to 30th, 2015
    Here are the latest photos of the Construction site at Carmel Hill, Canada. The foundation work is on and the concrete is being poured. The bulldozers ate at work digging a trench for the water supply from the municipality tank to the construction site. The rapid progress will transform the site into an active zone for the ongoing work of the Formation House.

  • Wishing you all a JOYOUS EASTER AND THE PEACE OF THE RISEN CHRIST.
    Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD
    CONSTRUCTION SITE PROGRESS PHOTOS (5)
  • CONSTRUCTION SITE REPORT PHOTOS 4 (MARCH 23RD TO 26TH, 2015)
    Dear Friends,
    Here are the progress photos of the Construction of the Formation House in Canada (construction site progress photos 4). These photos will let you know exactly in one month duration the foundation for the construction is being laid in a place where it was thick forest and approximately 3 metres hill and mud has been brought down to the level of the existing house nearby. If you see the site blessing photos on February 24th (Construction site progress photos 1) and now (March 26th) you will notice the rapid progress of the work and the amount of soil moved to another location nearby.
    Wishes and Prayers, Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD
      Click here for the photographs
  • CARMEL HILL REPORT from Canada (19-03-2015)
    Dear Friends, here are the latest photos of the construction site at Carmel Hill. This is the fourth album (CARMEL HILL PHOTO REPORT 4). When you see the photos, at the right side you will find a caption on some photos explaining the right angle of the monastery. You will find in some photos the entire mountain at the background and the levelled area in front of it. That is the place where we build our monastery. In fact the mountain will be the real background of our monastery practically at the centre. Hence, Carmel Hill name very well suits this landscape. Next week we will see some activity of the real foundation being laid. Partial material has been arriving at the site. We also found some huge boulders in the foundation area which will be blasted shortly. Enjoy the photos.
    Click here for the Photographs
  • CARMEL HILL REPORT (12-03-2015)
    Here are the photos of the work progress at Carmel Hill (Canada). We obtained the official building permit today, which you will find on the yellow sheet. The work is on full swing and workers enthusiastic. Bro. Josef OCD at the site can be contacted through the following numbers: Carmel Hill (604 820 2400) and Josef’s personal number: 604 500 9659).
    Click here for the photographs
  • CARMEL HILL – BLESSING CEREMONY OF THE FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION SITE
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  • NEW BOOK : AND IT YIELDED A HUNDREDFOLD
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  • PERFECT GIFTS FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH

  • The Title of the book: A SOWER WENT OUT TO SOW, DHYANAVANA PUBLICATIONS, BANGALORE 2012, pp. xii + 356
    Author: Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD
    Price: Rs. 200
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  • Fr. Provincial’s Visit to Canada
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  • GUARDIAN ANGELS PARISH FEAST CELEBRATED ON 5TH OCTOBER 2014
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  • GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY OF LITTLE FLOWER FORMATION HOUSE, FRASER VALLEY, CANADA
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  • Annual Feast of Guardian Angels’ Church – Vancouver
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  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast at Guardian Angels Church, Vancouver
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  • FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CELEBRATION AT GUARDIAN ANGELS CHURCH – VANCOUVER
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  • ZELATOR MISSIONUM FR. GREGORY’S VISIT TO CANADA MISSION
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  • EASTER VIGIL AND CELEBRATION AT GUARDIAN ANGELS CHURCH
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  • Fr. Rudolf gave a series of talks to Parishioners and Secular Carmelites on Prayer and Contemplation in the Millennium Hall adjacent to Guardian Angels Church on 23rd March.
  • On Easter Sunday a free luncheon for the Poor and the Homeless at Downtown Vancouver was hosted by Guardian Angels Parish at noon. Approximately 150 homeless and the poor were served Easter Lunch at the Millennium hall.
  • Zelator Missionum of our Province, Fr. Gregory D’Souza visited Canada Mission from Seattle after his long lecture tour in the UK and USA. He was overwhelmed with the work of the Canadian Carmelites especially in the area of Vancouver and Calgary. Click here for the photographs
  • Fr. Mario Fernandes OCD who was resident at Guardian Angels Church (now at St. Catherine’s Diocese) has successfully completed his International Canadian Medical Counselling Course (ICMC) at Vancouver and was awarded title to this effect. click here for more
  • Fr. Boniface C. D’Souza has been raised to a higher level of his duties at St. Paul’s Hospital with an extra responsibility to meeting the spiritual needs of all the Catholic Doctors and Nurses in Vancouver. We are proud of his great achievements within a period of two years in Canada. Fr. Bona Congrats and keep up your spirits in this ministry of the Lord.
  • Guardian Angles Church has successfully achieved its goal of confirming the second batch of Neo-Catecuminal members that is very active in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Moreover, the Parish has also hosted the Couples of Christ Unit and the launching of this unit will take place in the coming weeks.
  • The Archdiocesan Legion of Mary Annual celebration was held on 14th April at 3 pm at Guardian Angels Church with a Solemn Eucharistic celebration by Fr. Rudolf followed by reception in the Millennium Hall. There were 300 people present for this celebration renewing their vows to Mother Mary in the hands of Fr. Rudolf.
  • The progress of Carmel Hill Construction is on. We are yet to get the land clearance documents from the Fraser Valley Land Development Authority for the Construction of the Little Flower Formation House.
  • Christmas message from the Parish Priest. Click here to read
  • REV. FR. JOHN GRENNEN, DEFINITOR GENERAL’S VISIT TO VANCOUVER Click here for more
  • The annual Canada Regional Members’ meeting Click here for more
  • New Formation House in Canada – “The Little Flower” Click here for the photographs
  • Archbishop Michael Miller CSB’s homily on the occasion of the inauguration of the Formation house THE LITTLE FLOWER at Carmel Hill. click here to read
  • THE BLESSING OF CARMEL HILL FORMATION HOUSE
    10789 North Deroche Road, Mission, BC
    September 11, 2012
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  • LATEST PHOTOS OF THE RENOVATION OF THE BARN AT CARMEL HILL transformed into a hall that can accommodate 100 people. Click here for the photographs
  • Welcome to Rev. Fr. Alfredo Pereira to Carmelite Community in Canada.
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  • MOUNT CARMEL FEAST IN CANADA 2012
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  • SILVER JUBILEE OF FR. RUDOLF AT GUARDIAN ANGELS CHURCH.
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  • HOLY WEEK AND EASTER CELEBRATIONS AT GUARDIAN ANGELS CHURCH.
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  • FIRST CONGRESS – WESTERN CANADA OCDS And SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATION OF FR. RUDOLF D’SOUZA OCD.
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  • 2011 CHRISTMAS AT VANCOUVER CREATED A HISTORY IN THE K.G. PROVINCE.
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  • A book containing the Homilies for Year: B “THE MUSTARD SEED”, by Rudolf V. D’Souza.
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  • Rev. Fr. Provincial Meets the Friars of K.G. Province in Canada.
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  • MONTI FEST IN CANADA.
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  • Stained Glass Windows of Our Guardian Angels Parish was inaugurated on 3rd July 2011:
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  • FR. BONA’S FIRST ADVENTURE IN CANADA.
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  • FR. MARIO FERNANDES’ WARM SENDOFF PROGRAM AT GUARDIAN ANGELS PARISH.
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  • JOBS
  • Inauguration of the Stained Glass Windows of Our Guardian Angels Parish : 
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  • Christmas celebrations at Guardian Angels

  • Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza preached a retreat to the Delegates to the Provincial Chapter of California Province of the Carmelites at Redlands (ONTARIO – USA) from 8th to 12th November 2010.

  • Rev. Fr. Archibald R. Gonsalves, Provincial, visited the Canada Region from 12th to 24th October 2010. 

  • GUARDIAN ANGELS BEFORE AND AFTER RENOVATION WORKS

  • RENOVATION OF GUARDIAN ANGELS CHURCH
    In the 61 years of history of Guardian Angels Church – Vancouver – Canada, this year the Church received a face lift with the renovation works done in the Sanctuary with shifting of the Tabernacle to the Centre and painting of a huge mural with the two colorful three dimensional flying Guardian Angels towards the Crucifix depicted inside the Cosmos. The entire work was executed within a month preceded by 8 months of planning. Moreover the entire Church was re-carpeted. The garden of the Church campus is beautified with new plants and hedges. Archbishop Michael Miller blessed the new Tabernacle and the new confessional during the 61st Anniversary of the Church on 2nd October. It was a joyful event to all the parishioners. Fr. Jerald D’Souza the former administrator of the Parish joined the celebration. It was a memorable day for all of us. Click here for the photographs…
  • 50th Birthday Bash of Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza   
  • VISIT TO CALGARY – FRS. JOHN ALEX PINTO AND GABRIEL DIAS AND BISHOP HENRY  
  • MOUNT CARMEL FEAST AT GUARDIAN ANGELS PARISH  
  • A Spiritual Expedition of Fr. Rudolf D’Souza in Canada. click here for more