RYSHIVANA MAGAZINE-BROCHURE 2019-2020
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Rev. Fr. Dr.
Alfred J. Menezes OCD, MA, STD
Superior & Director
Rev. Fr. Alvito
Prefect of Studies
Dolphy S. D'Souza OCD, (MA)
Rev. Fr. Joseph DSouza OCD, LST, LPPsy
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.
WEEKS OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-20
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.
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.
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.
CONTEMPLATIVE RETREAT IN JANUARY
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
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.
FRATERNAL-PASTORAL VISITATION OF THE BISHOP
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.
SEMINAR IN SEPTEMBER
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.
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
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.
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
INAUGURATION OF THE RENEWAL PROGRAMME
01 August 2019: All roads led to Ryshivana on 31 July as the new
participants for the renewal programme arrived here. After three days of
orientation and recollection, the inauguration of the eight months renewal
programme was held on Sunday, 4 August at 6.30 pm with the Solemn concelebrated
Holy Eucharist. Altogether 46 Participants from 34 Congregations were present
for long and short term renewal programme. Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor OCD the
former Asst. Provincial presided over the Eucharist and in his homily emphasized
on the need of the experience of God in our religious life more than being
content with our ministry and apostolate. Carmelite Priests from our
neighbouring community and the presence of the religious sisters from our
neighbourhood added joy to the celebration. Fr. Alfred J. Menezes the Director,
appreciated and thanked all for their gracious presence and the course
participants for preparing a meaning liturgy.
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.
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
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