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Rev. Fr. Dr. Alfred J. Menezes OCD, MA, STD
Superior & Director

Rev. Fr. Alvito Fernandes OCD
Prefect of Studies

Rev. Fr. Dolphy S. D'Souza OCD, (MA)

Rev. Fr. Joseph DSouza OCD, LST, LPPsy
Asst Administrator


Fr Archibald Gonsalves was welcomed on 5th Sept 2020.
Fr Archibald Gonsalves was welcomed on 5th Sept 2020. On Sunday, 6th Sept at 7.00 am a community mass was celebrated. There after, there was the installation of the new community at a formal meeting. Fr Alfred Menezes, the out going Superior was thanked for his dedicated service. The other members are, Fr Alvito Fernandes, Fr Wilfred Rodrigues, Fr Lancy Mendoca, Fr John Lobo.

Ryshivana, 17 March 2020: The eight months certificate course was successfully completed on 17 March 2020 with the Solemn Eucharistic celebration. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, OCD, the Provincial of the Discalced Carmelites of Karnataka-Goa Province presided over the celebration. After the thanksgiving holy Mass, a brief valedictory ceremony of conferring the certificates was held. Fr. Alfred Menezes, the Director presented a brief report of the academic year 2019-2020 after which Fr. Provincial handed over the certificates to all the participants who completed the renewal programme successfully. Fr. Joseph D’Souza proposed the vote of thanks to everyone who made this event colourful and meaningful. Every participant of either long term or short term renewal programme did express that Ryshivana is indeed a centre for inner silence and contemplation.

Ryshivana, 14 March 2020: The eight months renewal programme ended with a two weeks contemplative retreat preached by Fr. Alvito Fernandes from 1-14 of this month. Along with our course participants there were other forty seven religious women, priests and lay people who attended this retreat. The entire centre with eighty members witnessed profound solitude during these days of contemplation. There was ample time for every retreatant to invest at the feet of the Eucharistic Lord in contemplative prayer. Many expressed their appreciation for this Teresian contemplative retreat presented by Fr. Alvito with his personal experience of the spiritual journey. The gorgeous beauty made everyone feel so relaxed on the soothing lap of Mother Nature.

Ryshivana, 08 March 2020: All the members of St. Vincent de Paul association of the South Deanery of St. Joseph Vaz, spent half a day in praise and worship, input session on the Word of God and the Holy Eucharist. Rev. Fr. Maxim, the professor from St. Joseph’s seminary, Mangalore shared his reflections on being a disciple of Jesus by being people of love and service. He also led the holy hour and celebrated the Eucharist. As many as 130 members participated in it and benefitted spiritually from this short and sweet spiritual renewal session. They also got refreshed with the ecstatic beauty of nature at Ryshivana. The programme ended with the lunch.

Ryshivana, 29 Feb 2020: The participants of the eight months renewal programme had a wonderful cultural evening with various inspiring one-act plays and other meaningful, sweet but short items. The rich experience of living together as one community, the erudite lectures on various topics, the prayer experience of the intimacy with God and vibrant moments of entertainment in these eight months were all encapsulated through the enacting. The culminating point was the beautiful presentation of the interior castle of St. Teresa of Avila. Although they would depart on 17 of March after the convocation, it was considered fitting to celebrate our togetherness before the contemplative retreat from 1-14 March which would enable the sisters to focus better in the retreat.

Ryshivana, 28 Feb 2020: One month contemplative retreat was organized in the month of January 2020, preached by Rev. Fr. Alvito Fernandes. There were 45 members for the first week and the second week, and 22 participants remained for the entire month. The renewal programme participants and the retreatants kept the centre full for whole month of January. In the month of November Carmelite friars of Karnataka-Goa province did their annual retreat in Ryshivana. There was a group of golden Jubilarians who belonged to UFS of Mangalore province for four days seminar cum reflection on contemplative journey led by Fr. Alfred J. Menezes. There were also a small group for the retreat preached by Fr. Joseph D’Souza.

Ryshivana, 27 January 2020: It was the birthday celebration of Fr. Alfred J. Menezes, the Director of Ryshivana. The participants of the renewal programme put up a fabulous cultural programme in appreciation of all the service rendered by the director. It was really amazing to see the vibrant energy, the enthusiasm and the creative ways in our sisters who performed elegantly on the stage. It was an exhibition of their talents in action. Dr. Laveena Noronha the professor of the week, Rev. Fr. Raymond Santanaz, our missionary from Tanzania, and Sr. Joyet Fernandes HMR, who had made her final profession on 2 January, was felicitated at the celebration. It was a great opportunity to pool all the talents for building community at Ryshivana.

Ryshivana, 20 Oct 2019: Rt. Rev. Dr. Peter Paul Saldanha, the bishop of the diocese of Mangalore made his pastoral visitation to our Parish, Mary the Queen of the Universe church, Ranipura. The Parishioners welcomed him with grandeur into the church premises in the morning. During the Holy Eucharist he administered the sacrament of Confirmation to the suitable candidates. Since it was his first maiden visit to our parish after his Episcopal Ordination, he met all the associations and heads of various groups. As part of his visitation protocol of paying a fraternal visit to religious institutes, he came to Ryshivana along with Fr. Santhosh the Parish priest and Deacon William and addressed our participants and gave his apostolic blessing. The participants appreciated this memorable meeting with our loving Bishop.

Ryshivana: 30 September 2019: One month contemplative retreat was organized in the month of September. Priests, religious sisters and a few lay persons participated in this retreat. There were also participants for two weeks contemplative retreat. This retreat was preached by Fr. Alvito Fernandes leading them all into deeper intimacy with the Lord. Besides these, there were also weekly retreats preached by Fr. Joseph D’Souza and Fr. Alfred Menezes. It is encouraging to see these retreatants investing a lot of time at the feet of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

Ryshivana, 21 Sept 2019: All study, prayer, reflection and no outing makes one dull. A day for Mangaluru sightseeing was organized on Saturday the 21st of September. All the participants of the long term renewal programme went to St. Joseph’s Shrine, Mudipu, Nisargadham park at Pilicula, Vamanjoor, the Cisterna Chapel of Rome in Aloysius college, the Infant Jesus Shrine at Bikarnakatte and the New Mangalore Port beach in Panambur. The regional science center and the planetarium with the Space age programme were the special attraction of the day. The beautiful and pleasant weather along with the picnic mood in the sisters gave us the pleasant experience of knowing a little more of the city of Mangaluru.

Ryshivana, 08 Sept 2019: The feast of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary which is called ‘Monthi Fest’ in Mangalore among Christians was celebrated with solemnity. All the parishioners gathered on the terrace of Ryshivana for blessing of the new corn and showering of flowers to Mother Mary as a sign of love and devotion. Fr. Santhosh D’Souza the Parish Priest and Fr. Joseph D’Souza OCD blessed the corn and proceeded towards the Church in procession for the solemn celebration of the Eucharist in which the participants of Ryshivana also joined in. It was a community day celebration for Ryshivana with a variety of liturgical and cultural stuff by singing and performing the traditional onam dance. ‘Banana leaf’ lunch with multiple vegetable delicacies was the culmination of the celebration. It was a wonderful day for all in Ryshivana to experience unity and fraternity in the diversity of 25 congregations.

Ryshivana, 15 Aug 2019: As the entire nation celebrated the 73rd Independence day, the participants of Ryshivana also paid their homage to our National flag. As Sr. Solly Jacob SMI compeered the entire programme, Sr. Benedicta UFS delivered the speech in which she invited everyone to work hand in hand to build a nation of peace, justice, equality and fraternity among all people of diverse faith and culture. Fr. Alfred J. Menezes the president of the programme hoisted the flag. Although red alert was warned by meteorological department of possible heavy rains and wind, the favourable weather made the flag fly high in the cloudy yet gorgeous sky of Ryshivana over seeing the Netravati river and the Arabian sea. They were proud moments for us to celebrate our Independence day with sobriety and peace.

We are men religious of the Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCD) of Karnataka Goa province comprising of four States of the Western India namely Karnataka, Goa, Maharastra and Gujarat. Ryshivana, a centre for inner silence and contemplation was inaugurated in 2006. Since prayer and contemplation is the charism of the Discalced Carmelites whose founders, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, were the mystic giants, the KG province undertook the task of setting up a centre which would promote deep solitude and contemplation for those who look for it.

Ryshivana promotes Indian Christian spirituality in collaboration with different schools of spirituality, both Eastern and Western through a foundation called SRI, which stands for Spirituality Research Institute. We will be organizing long and short-term residential and non-residential programmes on spirituality and related subjects for different people, adopting such methods like lectures, research seminars and workshops. We will be organizing long and short-term residential and non-residential programmes on spirituality and related subjects for different people, adopting such methods like lectures, research seminars and workshops and Holistic Health.

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