News and Events
26 June 2019: The somatic-psycho-spiritual integration programme for
three weeks was held at ryshivana from 06 to 26 June. The fourth year theology
brothers from the Seminary of Allahabad, along with other religious women, three
of whom were from Bangladesh attended this programme. The topic “theology of the
body” was handled by Fr. Joseph D’souza, while the mind integration was taken by
Fr. Praveen D’Souza, and Fr. Alfred J. Menezes emphasized on the integration of
the spirit with mystical union. Along with this programme there were also
retreats preached in the centre. It was encouraging to have almost 55
participants both for retreat and programme. The cooled down weather with the
pre-monsoon showers, the lushy green surroundings with the Arabian and Netravati
river view, and the deep solitude gave an unique experience of God’s presence to
Ryshivana, 31 May 2019:
Relax and contemplate on the lap of Mother Nature.
Fascinated by the scenic beauty many priests, sisters, seminarians and lay
people inundated the centre either for one month retreat, a month’s renewal programme or for a week’s retreat. The first two weeks of the month of May
accommodated 85 participants and the following two weeks had 65 participants for
various courses and retreats. The one month contemplative retreat was preached
by Fr. Alvito Fernandes. The renewal programme had courses such as Psycho
spiritual maturity by Fr. Alwyn Sequeira, Mysticism and religious life by Fr.
Alfred Menezes, Spirituality of communion by Fr. Joy Francis and ending with a
retreat preached by Fr. Joseph D’Souza. Besides Fr. Terence Farias SJ was
leading an Ignatian one month retreat for Pune Ursuline tertians. Being true to
the Carmelite Charism the centre is really promoting Teresian Contemplation to
all. It is encouraging to see that many are realizing the need for deep
communion with God and thereby a conversion of life.
30 April 2019: There has been an over whelming response to the summer
programme in the month of April at Ryshivana. The centre was full with eighty
participants of renewal programme for a month, the two weeks contemplative
retreat, and weekly retreat. There were brothers who came for the renewal
programme as a preparation for their final vows, others were preparing for their
silver jubilee and some others wanted a refreshers course. The contemplative
retreat that was preached by Fr. Alvito Fernanades was attended by almost fifty
religious sisters, brothers, priests and lay people. Fr. Praveen D’Souza, Fr.
Alfred J. Menezes, Fr.Alvito Fernandes were the resource persons for one month
renewal programme. Fr. Joseph D’Souza occupied yet another retreat group. It was
indeed heartening to see that many are seeking a quiet place like Ryshivana for
deeper God experience.
16 March 2019: The Convocation of the eight months certificate course in
Spirituality for Women Religious was held on 16 March 2018 at Ryshivana. Rev.
Fr. Charles Serrao, the Provincial Superior of the Discalced Carmelites of
Karnataka-Goa Province presided over the Solemn Eucharistic celebration along
with the staff Priests of the Centre. The Provincial awarded the Certificates to
the participants of three semesters, two and one semester, a total of 55, who
had successfully completed their Spiritual renewal course with enthusiasm and
rigorous commitment. The Annual magazine with all the activities and
celebrations of the year was released by the President. Fr. Alfred J. Menezes
OCD, the Director of Ryshivana, read a brief report of the academic year
2018-19. In the evening there was a farewell programme organized by the sisters
as they were bidding goodbye to Ryshivana and to each other. It was a memorable
day for the institute.
DE PAUL LENTEN SPIRITUAL RENEWAL
10 March 2019: Not only the religious and the priests who frequent to
savour the ecstatic beauty of nature in Ryshivana, the laity too desire to spend
some hours in the silent place like this one. All the SVP members of the South
Deanery spent half a day in worship, reflection on the Word of God, and the Holy
Eucharist. Fr. Maxim, the professor from St. Joseph’s seminary, Mangalore shared
his reflections on Service and conducted holy hour and celebrated the holy mass.
There was full participation of the members around 130 of them who benefitted
spiritually from this short and sweet spiritual renewal session.
Boniface Barracho OCD Memorial Seminar
27 Jan 2019:The annual seminar in memory of Rev. Fr. Boniface Barracho
OCD was orgainzed by the institute on the topic “Holiness and Wholeness in
Consecrated life” on 27 January 2019. The Key note address was delivered by Sr.
Lillis BS, the Assistant Superior General of the congregation of Bethany
followed by Fr. Salvadore Fernandes, OFM Cap who dealt with the Scriptural
reflection on holiness. After the tea break Rev. Fr. Joe Mathias SJ spoke on the
modern challenges to growth in holiness. In the afternoon, Rev. Fr. Gregory
D’Souza OCD shed light on contemplation and sanctification. And the final
session was given by Most Rev. Dr. Peter Paul Saldanha, the Bishop of Mangalore
on the reflections from the Apostolic Exhortation: Gaudete et Exultate.
Fr. Joseph D’Souza compeered the entire programme. There were about 180
participants for the seminar. It was well appreciated by all the participants.
They also were enlightened by the sessions shared by the eminent speakers.
04 January 2019: Conference of Religious of India under the leadership
of Rev. Fr. Joe Mannath SDB organized a sever day seminar for the superiors of
the Southern region from 29 December to 4 of January 2019. “Being a Religious
Superior today: the Essentials” was the title of the seminar. It was well
attended by 45 religious women who were mostly Superiors. Many resource persons,
namely, Sr. Regis SMI, Sr. Priya D’Mello BS, Fr. Dionysius Vas SJ, Fr. Anton
Paul and Fr. Joe Mannath animated the sessions on various topics. Handling
negative emotions, Canon law for Superiors, Financial management, women in
Leadership, Counselling Skills, Celibacy and many other topics were dealt with.
The scenic beauty of Ryshivana was an added attraction for the participants of
the seminar. The seminar was well appreciated by all the participants.
11 Nov 2018: Yet another batch of Sisters of St. Ann
Providence came to taste and experience the incredible love of the Father in the
sounding solitude ambience of Ryshivana. Under the guidance and the inspiration
of the Holy Spirit, Rev. Fr. Alfred J. Menezes OCD shared a few reflections with
the retreatants hoping that they would personally have a deep experience of
God’s love. The six days of prayer and reflection made them realize that love
can be repaid by love alone by changing our human ways into the ways of God. It
was a unique experience for these retreatants here at Ryshivana. There were also
other retreats preached by Rev. Fr. Joseph D’Souza OCD and Fr. Alvito in the
month of October and November. It is delightful to see many religious priests
and nuns and lay people coming to spend time in solitude.
God on the lap of Mother Nature
21 Oct 2018: The desire to experience the love of God in his beautiful
creation brought the Bishop of Shimoga Rt. Rev. Dr. Francis Serrao and his
thirty six priests of the Diocese to spend five days in prayer and reflection in
Ryshivana from 7 – 13 October 2018. Rev. Fr. Derrick OFMCap was the resource
person who helped them with his reflections to deepen their commitment to the
Lord in their pastoral service to God’s people. As all who enter this holy and
quiet place are led into inner silence and contemplation so also the retreatans
maintained deep solitude and enjoyed God’s communication through his gorgeous
creation displayed at the merging of Netravati river into Arabian sea.
29 Sept 2018: All the participants of the spirituality course went for a day’s
outing around Mangaluru. St. Joseph’s Vaz shrine at Mudipu, the Science Park and
zoo at Pilicula, Vamanjoor, the Infant Jesus Shrine at Bikarnakatte, St.
Aloysius College Chapel, and the beach at Someshwar were the places visited. The
community at St. Joseph’s Monastery gave a cordial welcome into their dining
hall and extended a warm Carmelite fraternity with sharing the meal with us. It
was a day of being together and enjoying the Ryshivana spirit of love and
sharing. Since for all of them it was the first opportunity to savor the beauty
of the South Canara, they all appreciated the history and its culture.
Nourishment : Catholic Sabha, Mangalore South Deanery
23 September 2018: The Catholic Sabha of Mangalore South Deanery organized a
spiritual animation programme for all its members on the 23rd September at
Ryshivana. Around ninety members of the Catholic Sabha units from ten parishes
of the Mangalore South deanery attended the programme. Fr. Boniface Pinto, the
professor at St. Joseph’s seminary was the resource person who shared his
reflection on the topic, Service, Sacrifice and Unity which is the motto of the
Catholic Sabha organization. Mr. Arun Monthiero the President of the Deanery
along with the Secretary Mr Alwyn steered the whole animation.
08 September 2018: On the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
all the faithful from our Parish of Our Lady of the Universal Church, Ranipura,
gathered on the terrace of Ryshivana for the blessing of the new corn and
showering of flowers to Infant Mary and thereafter proceeded to the parish in
procession for the solemn Eucharistic celebration. Rev. Fr. Santhosh, the Parish
priest led the ceremony. All the sisters of the spirituality course actively
participated in the liturgy of the day with the parishioners. For many it was a
witnessing of the South Canara tradition of celebration of Monthi Fest.
Elect in Ryshivana
6 Sept 2018: The Bishop Elect of the Diocese of Mangalore, Most Rev. Dr.
Peter Paul Saldanha spent eight days in contemplative retreat in preparation for
his Episcopal Ordination scheduled for 15 of September 2018 at the Cathedral
grounds, Mangalore. All at Ryshivana were edified by his spirit of prayer and
fasting during his retreat days. We had the privilege of felicitating him and
wishing him all the very best in his great responsibility of shepherding the
diocese. Indeed we all wanted to make the best of the opportunity to pose for a
photograph with the new Bishop of Mangalore. It was a big group along with the
Contemplative retreats in August
31 August 2018: As the centre reopened for the long and short term
certificate courses, it also simultaneously commenced to hold retreats every
week. The first retreat was preached by Fr. Pius James D’Souza OCD from 5 to 11
August, attended by many religious women from various congregations. Fr. Joseph
D’Souza began his journey with the retreatants in the following week. The
gorgeous beauty of the Arabic Ocean welcoming the torrents of waters from river
Netravati was a scene enough to set the soul in thirst for the Author of beauty.
The participants cherished every bit of their experience in Ryshivana.
15 August 2018: The Independence day was celebrated with all enthusiasm and
patriotic pride at Ryshivana by our dear participants of the Spirituality
course. The retreatants also joined to honour the flag. Sr. Rebecca Rodrigues
SRA compeered the whole programme and gave a thought provoking speech on our
country’s struggle for Independence by our freedom fighters. Sr. Alphonsa
Poovakkot SHSP made a prayer for our country. Fr. Alfred J. Menezes the
Director, hoisted the flag and Fr. Alvito Fernandes the dean, gave a brief and
meaningful message, highlighting the need of freedom from forces within. As the
song Ye mere vathan ke logo...was being sung the sisters enacted the scene of
mourning over the heroic and sacrificial death of soldiers at the borders.
Inauguration of the new academic year 2018-19
1 August 2018: On the 31st of July most of the participants arrived in
Ryshivana for the eight month certificate course in spirituality. After giving
the right orientation and motivation, a day of recollection was observed. The
solemn inauguration of the course was held on the 5th of August at 6.30 pm. Most
Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza the Bishop of Mangalore, Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao,
OCD the Provincial of KG Province of Discalced Carmelites, Fr. Pius James
D’Souza the first Councillor in-charge of spirituality and many other
concelebrants participated in the inaugural Holy Eucharist. 43 sisters attending
the course made the celebration vibrant and meaningful. Our dear Bishop was
felicitated and thanked for the 22 years of his yeomen service to the Diocese
and for his special benevolence to the Carmelites in the diocese. The whole
celebration was a memorable one. It ended with the agape meal.
Special Programme June 2018
Ryshivana June 2018:
At the request of Rev. Fr. Ronald Tellis, the Rector of St.
Joseph’s seminary, Allahabad, Ryshivana organized a special programme called
‘Body-mind-spirit integration’ from the Christian point of view. It was a three
week programme consisting of topics such as theology of the body by Fr. Joseph
D’Souza, the psychology of mind management by Fr. Dr. Praveen D’Souza and
Integration of body and mind through the Spirit by Fr. Dr. Alfred J. Menezes,
the Director of Ryshivana. Since it was not restricted to seminarians alone we
had religious priests and nuns attending this course. We also had retreat groups
cherishing the pre-monsoon rains along with the spiritual manna at Ryshivana.
Special 2018 May
31 May 2018: The month of May, for most religious who are working in schools, is
a month that would give them time to breathe and relax. All four weeks of the
month witnessed about sixty five to seventy participants. Psycho spiritual
maturity by Fr. Arun Lobo, Consecrated life and Mysticism by Fr. Alfred Menezes,
Covenantal love in the Bible by Fr. Pius D’Souza and Contemplative retreat by
Fr. Alvito Fernandes were the topics for this month. Silver Jubilarians, priests
and religious in need of renewal benefitted from these courses. Besides there
were also good number of retreatants in the month of May. The Deacons from the
Seminary of St. Joseph, Mangalore under the direction of Fr. Henry CSSR also did
their retreat in Ryshivana.
Special 2018, April
Ryshivana, 30 April 2018: Come summer Ryshivana gets flooded with Jubilarians,
tertians, a month’s, two weeks and weekly contemplative retreatants. It is
heartening to see many religious longing for silent moments that would lead them
to a genuine contemplative experience of the love of God. Among many
participants for a month’s renewal course, we had Montfort and O.Carm brothers
preparing for their solemn vows. Frs. Praveen, Pius, Alfred, Alvito, Joseph were
the professors and preachers for this month of April. Ryshivana a centre for
inner silence and contemplation is indeed a haven for seekers of the love of
: Ryshivana, 17 March 2018
was the day in which the eight month certificate course, begun on the first of
August 2017 was concluded with the Solemn Thanksgiving Eucharist and conferring
of certificates to those who completed their course in Spirituality. Very Rev.
Fr. Charles Serrao OCD, the Provincial of Karnataka –Goa, presided over the
Eucharistic celebration along with the concelebrants from the institute. All
those who had successfully attended either eight months or six or three months
were given the certificates. The domestic staff, Mrs. Prameela, Ms. Theresa, Ms
Bina, Ms. Mina – the Kitchen staff; Mr. Jinu, the maintenance in-charge; Mr.
Denis, Mr. Milan the gardeners and Ms. Renita the receptionist were felicitated
for their selfless service to the Institute. The participants also bid farewell
to one another by a short cultural programme.
Ryshivana, 18 Feb 2018:
Fr. Boniface Barracho OCD memorial seminar was organized in collaboration with
the Chair of Christianity at Ryshivana on the theme “New Age movements and
Christian Spirituality” on 18 February 2018. It was well attended by religious
women, priests and lay people. Rev. Fr. Dr. J. B. Saldhana, the HoD of the
department of the Chair of Christianity was the president of the day. The
seminar began at 9.15 am with an invocation hymn to the Lord. Fr. Dr. Alfred J.
Menezes, the Director of Ryshivana extended a warm welcome to the invitees and
guests of honor. Rev. Fr. Joseph D’Souza OCD, gave the key note address. In the
first session Rev. Fr. Dr. Gregory D’Souza OCD presented a paper on “New Age
phenomenon and Christian Mysticism.”
Ryshivana, Feb 15, 2018
the first week of January many lay people, priests and religious women attended
one month contemplative retreat preached by Rev. Fr. Alvito Fernandes OCD.
Although they expressed their apprehension initially regarding how they are
going to spend time in solitude, as the days rolled by, they themselves were
surprised at their ability and poise with which they sat at the feet of the
Master. Fr. Alfred preached a retreat to another small group of retreatants in
the first week of February. We hope and we pray they continue experiencing the
immense love of the Father and inspire many to attend these kinds of
Participants of Contemplative retreats
Dec 28, 2017 : The third group of Bethany sisters from the Southern Province
came to Ryshivana for a contemplative retreat preached by Fr. Alvito Fernandes
in the month of October. All of them, forty in number, without exception,
enjoyed this retreat of such great solitude and profound reflections. They
expressed their joy of being here at the centre. There were many other groups in
the months of November and mid-December who participated in the retreats
preached by Fr. Joseph D’Souza and Fr. Alfred Menezes. It was very encouraging
to see how each participant was longing to invest time at the feet of the
Master- Jesus for longer duration. All leave the portals of Ryshivana with a
desire for contemplation – experiencing the love of the Father.
groups in the Month of September
Sept 30, 2017: Fr. Joseph D’Souza and Fr. Alvito Fernandes preached
contemplative retreats to various groups in the month of September. The tertians
of the congregation of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus were lead into
deep prayer as a preparation for their final profession by Fr. Joseph. The
golden Jubilararians of the congregation of FSMA made a three week retreat under
the renowned preacher Fr. Alvito. The laity also participated in a two week
growth in prayer retreat by the same preacher. The FCC sisters did a week’s
retreat as a preparation for their silver Jubilee which was preached by Fr.
Sept 24, 2017: The entire community of sisters along with the residential and
domestic staff had a day’s outing. For many sisters it’s their first visit to
the city of Mangalore. The shrine of St. Joseph Vaz at Mudipu, St. Aloysius
College Chapel, the Pilikula Nisarga Dham, Someshwar beach, the Infant Jesus
Shrine at Bikarnatte and many other places of interest were visited. As the
weather was cloudy and rainy at times, the picnickers felt very pleasant while
walking around. It was a memorable day for all. Every one experienced a feeling
of fraternity and unity. They thanked the Ryshivana staff for arranging this
COMMUNITY DAY: Monti Fest and Onam
Sept 9, 2017: The long and short term course participants celebrated the
community day at Ryshivana on Sunday, 9 September. The traditional Monti fest
was fused with traditional Onam dance performed by the sisters. The varieties of
delicious vegetable dishes along with other mouth watering delicacies were
served at table thanks to the expert chefs at Ryshivana kitchen. It was indeed a
feast of unity and fraternity.
Sept 8: The feast of Monti Fest was celebrated with solemnity at the parish of
Our Lady-the Universal Queen, Ranipura. Fr. Santhosh, the parish priest blessed
the new corn and the showering of flowers took place at Ryshivana grounds after
which the statue infant Mary was taken in procession to the Parish Church. Fr.
Alfred, the Director of Ryshivana was the main celebrant at the Holy Eucharist.
It was a new experience for the course participants of Ryshivana as this Monthi
fest is a unique celebration for the Catholics of Canara region of Karnataka.
Contemplative retreat for Bethany sisters of Southern Province
Sept 1-9: Fr. Alvito Fernandes OCD preached a contemplative retreat for the
Bethany sisters of the Southern Province from September 1 to 9. Since all the
members of the province would attend this retreat at Ryshivana, fifty five of
them made it to the first batch. The course participants with the retreatants
made the house full, yet there was such deep silence, no one would ever know it.
Ryshivana is indeed a centre for inner silence and Contemplation. We were happy
to have Sr. Santhosh Maria, the provincial with us.
friars at Ryshivana, August 21-26, 2017
August 29: All roads from Karnataka, Goa, Maharastra and Gujarat led to
Ryshivana as the Carmelite friars of the KG Province gathered here from 21st to
26th of August 2017, for their annual retreat. It was preached by Most Rev. Dr.
Ignatius D’Souza, the Bishop of Bareilly. The participants, thirty three of
them, were appreciative of the deep insights shared by the preacher on the theme
“the prophetic-mystical call of the Carmelites”. The natural scenic beauty of
the place helped them to encounter the beauty of God in creation. The presence
of so many friars spending lot of time with the Lord and praying for all of us
was indeed a great moment.
groups in the month of August, 2017
Aug 19: Fr. Alvito Fernandes OCD preached a two weeks contemplative retreat from
Aug 6-19. It was attended by women religious, priests and lay persons. It was
encouraging to see the participants investing time at the feet of the Lord in
contemplative prayer in the serene atmosphere of resounding solitude and silent
music. Fr. Joseph D’Souza OCD led another young group of retreatants from Aug 13
-19. Refreshed, challenged and strengthened by the reflections and personal
prayer, they moved on appreciating the time they spent in Ryshivana.
Independence Day at Ryshivana
Aug 15: The Independence was celebrated in Ryshivana by the participants of long
term renewal course in spirituality and the retreatants. Fr. Alfred J. Menezes,
the director was the chief guest who hoisted the National flag. In his
presidential address he invited every citizen to ask not what the country can do
for us but what we can do for our country. Sr. Greeta UMI, in her speech, lauded
the country for its political, economic, social, medical, and telecommunication
development over the past seventy years. Sr. Helen, BS led the march fast and
compeered the programme.
Inauguration of the Eight Months Certificate Course 2017-18
eight months Certificate Course in Spirituality for Women Religious from 1st
August 2017 to 17th March 2018, along with the short term Renewal programmes,
was formally inaugurated at Ryshivana on 1st August 2017 at 6.00 p.m with the
Holy Eucharist. Rev. Fr. Pius James OCD, the first Councilor and former Director
of Ryshivana was the main celebrant at the Eucharist. There were a host of
Carmelite friars, other religious and diocesan priests that also concelebrated
at the Eucharist. In his homily, Fr. Pius James stressed that spiritual growth
should be the main aim of the participants and not to be content with mere pious
religious practices. Fr. Alfred J. Menezes OCD, the present Director thanked all
those present and invited all for a sumptuous dinner.
Mangaluru: Karnataka Regional Conference of Religious (KRCR) holds
annual assembly at Ryshivana
Jul 23: The 22nd Annual Assembly of Karnataka Regional Conference of
Religious (KRCR) was held under the theme 'Colloboration: A Vision
received, A Mission Shared', at Ranipura from July 21-23, 2017. Rt. Rev.
Dr. Aloysious Paul D'Souza, Bishop of Mangaluru diocese, addressing the
gathering said, "Service from the Christian community is very precious.
The service of Christian people is incomplete without service in
education and care centers." During his presidential address, chancellor
of Yenapoya University, Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi said, "The Christian
community and their bishops are always at the forefront of nourishing
the deprived and wiping tears of the people who are troubled by the
Retreat for CLC members of Ranipura, Nithyadar, Permannur Units,
Preached by Fr. Francis D'Souza
2 Days Seminar for OCDS
was another feather on the cap of Ryshivana as the secular members of
Carmelite (OCDS) chose Ryshivana as the venue for their 2 days get
together for Konkani speaking members. It is held on 25-26 of March. The
get together was inaugurated with the Eucharistic celebration which was
presided over by Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior. Fr.
Wilfred Rodrigues, Provincial Delegate for OCDS preached a meaningful
homily. Then the seminar went on for two days with an input session,
games, recreation, sharing by each unit etc. there were all together 120
members from Mira-road unit, Mangalore unit, Kushalnagar unit, Honnavar
unit, Koteshwar unit and Raipura unit. Provincial for OCDS Mrs Jane, Fr.
Sylvestre D’Souza OCD, Directors from Respective Unit were present.
10th convocation ceremony of the academic year was held on March 18. The
Holy Eucharist was presided over by Rev. Fr. Joseph Martis, Rector of
St. Joseph’s Seminary, Mangalore. In his homily he said; as the Lord
sent his disciples to proclaim the Good news and make disciples for him,
so also the Ryshivana has prepared you to be witnesses to the lord in
the challenging world. Then he invited all the course participants to
take up the challenge to make a better world. Then Rev Fr. Sylvestre
D’Souza OCD, Councilor in-charge of spirituality addressed the gathering
and distributed the certificates for the course participants. Fr. Joseph
Martis released the Ryshivana annual magazine. Thus the whole programme
came to an end with the sumptuous dinner.
on St. Elizabeth of the Trinity :
Annual seminar in Ryshivana in memory of Rev. Fr. Boniface Barracho OCD
was organized on 4th February 2017 in collaboration with the Chair in
Christianity, Mangalore University. The theme of the seminar was: St.
Elizabeth of the Trinity - A Prophet of Divine Indwelling. The inaugural
ceremony was presided by Rev. Dr. Melwyn D’Souza Ofm. Cap (President of
CRI, Mangaluru) and the keynote address was given by Rev. Sr. Rose Agnes
AC (Vice Provincial of the Karnataka Province of the AC). The guest of
honour was Sr. Jacintha OCD from the cloistered Carmel of Mangalore
whose presence reminded us of the Saint of Dijon (Elizabeth of the
Trinity) and it gave added flavor to the seminar. Later, the following
books were released “St. Elizabeth of Trinity”, “St. Teresa of Avila”
and “Mystical Wisdom”.
was a great relaxing moment for all the course participants and fathers
of Ryshivana as we went to Goa for four days. The places that were
visited was Venerable Fr. Agnelo’s tomb (Pilar fathers), Boa-vista, Old-Goa
Bom Jesus Basilica and cathedral, St. Augustine’s monastery, weeping
cross, Aguado Port, Campal park, St. Joseph Vaz Shrine Sancole, beaches
like colva, calangutte, miramaar. It was indeed great moment where all
without the age barrier became young at heart and mind by dancing,
singing and swimming.
Souharda ‘Koota’ and the ‘Oota’
the occasion of Christmas celebrations, Ryshivana organized on 23rd of
December, 2016, an inter-religious meet for its neighbours, especially
the representatives from the political, social and religious spheres.
Among the guests present were the president and the vice-president of
Munnur (local) panchayat, members of the panchayat (belonging to
different religions), BDO and the office staff and all those involved in
the social uplifting of the society. The guests of honour were the
Parish priest- Fr. Santhosh, Yoga guru Mr. V. L. Rego and the local MLA,
Mr. U.T. Khader.
long awaited day – a day of celebration, a day of thanksgiving, a day of
joy dawned on 16th of December of going home began in the evening with a
depiction of the first coming of Jesus with enactment. To enter into the
celebration mood the whole house was cleansed and decorated. A cultural
evening brought out by the singing of Christmas carols in various
languages. The colorful evening made richer with dances and games. We
had the joy of sharing Christmas sweets (kuswar) and revealing our
Christmas friend which brought about hilarious laughter. To crown it all
we had a sumptuous agape.
Shepherd visits us
renewal centre, Ryshivana was renewed and put forth a new look with the
painting and renovation. December 6 marked a meaningful celebration to
all of us. Ryshivana which lies in the banks of river Nethravathi which
in turn gives ‘nethra’ – sight and insight to the people across India
and outside is dedicated under the patronage of Carmelite saint St. Mary
of Jesus Crucified who is popularly known as Mariam Baouardy. The
portrait of the same saint was blessed and installed by Rt. Rev.
Aloysius P. D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore. Then the house was blessed by
the bishop. As the colors of the day were turning into crimson red there
was Eucharistic celebration.
Youth Retreat in Ryshivana
with Ryshivana and CLC of Nithyadarnagar Parish, 16th of
October was a day of retreat for the youth of Perpetual
Succour Parish, Nithyadarnagar. The retreat was guided by
Rev. Fr. Anil SVD. Around 50 youth had their spiritual
renewal and deepening of Christian calling. With their
presence Ryshivana was bubbling with joy and youthfulness.
Fraternal Visit of Definitor General
On the 17th of October the Definitor General of Carmelites
Rev.Fr. Johannes Gorantla OCD made a fraternal visit to Ryshivana.
What’s special in Ryshivana?
It’s a graceful week here in Ryshivana as the 37 retreatants doing their
contemplative retreat for a month under the guidance of Rev. Fr. Alvito
Fernandes OCD. We pray and wish that they may experience the mystical
presence of their Lord & Master Jesus Christ.
September 24 was a relaxing day for all the course participants of
Ryshivana. It was a day of Mangalooru Dharshana, a day out to see the
places in Mangalore. The whole day was spent in visiting the different
places in Mangalore such as Fr. Muller’s homeopathy medical college &
Hospital, St. Joseph Vaz Shrine, Mudipu, Jacobite Church Cascia, Jeppu
seminary, Our lady of Milagres Church, Our lady of Rosary cathedral, St.
Ann’s Convent (the place where St. Mary of Jesus crucified spent her two
years of Life) paintings of St. Aloysius chapel, Infant Jesus Shrine,
Bikarnakatte and Panamboor beach. It was indeed a relaxing day where all
enjoyed the day with singing & dancing. It was a great fun day.
Ryshivana Celebrates the rich Indian Cultural Diversity
The cultural day was celebrated on 17th September with all the rich
elements of Indian culture folk songs, dances, skits, religious rituals
and special food delicacies were the highlights of the ‘Day’. It was
indeed a meeting point and celebration of the rich cultural heritage of
our country. Religious from various parts of India like Shillong, Jaipur,
Orissa, Goa, Mangalore, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Kerala depicted the
culture in skits, songs and dances. It was a fitting opportune to
appreciate a new, esteem, revive, preserve and celebrate the
differences. Indeed a clarian call to live and celebrate unity in
Retreat at Ryshivana
It was a great enriching moment at Ryshivana as the Carmelite friars
gathered here from 29th of August to 2nd of September 2016, for their
annual retreat. It was preached by Rev. Dr. Ivel J. Mendanha C.Ss.R, the
Provincial of the Vice-Province of Majella. All the 37 participants
appreciated the rich reflections offered by the preacher and the natural
scenic beauty of the place. It was indeed great moment for us when so
many friars spending lot of time with Lord and praying for all of us.
Inauguration of the new academic year – 2016-17
eight month spiritual- renewal course at Ryshivana was begun with the
inaugural mass at 6:30 pm on August 1, 2016 presided over by Rev. Fr.
Dynasius, Rector of Aloysius Institutions. In his homily commenting on
the day’s gospel (Mt 14: 1-12) he spoke of the hunger of the heart which
could be satisfied only with the intimacy with Jesus. The course was
formally inaugurated by V. Rev Sr. Susheela A.C., Mother General of
Apostolic Carmel. She said that in order to satisfy the hunger of the
world we should nourish the delicious banquet that has been set for the
eight months course. Rev. Fr. Pius James D’Souza OCD, Director of the
Ryshivana institute welcomed the new participants and thanked all for
their whole-hearted cooperation.
Retreat at Ryshivana
It was a great enriching moment at Ryshivana as the
Carmelite friars gathered here from 29th of August to 2nd of
September 2016, for their annual retreat. It was preached by
Rev. Dr. Ivel J. Mendanha C.Ss.R, the Provincial of the
Vice-Province of Majella. All the 37 participants
appreciated the rich reflections offered by the preacher and
the natural scenic beauty of the place. It was indeed great
moment for us when so many friars spending lot of time with
Lord and praying for all of us.
Summer Special in Ryshivana (April- June 2016)
the months of April- May June, 2016 Ryshivana conducted special
programmes for various sections of people.
Jubilarians’ renewal programme
There were two Jubilarian’s renewal programme – one was from April
10-May 7 and the other was from May 1 to May 28. It was especially for
the religious sisters who had completed 25 years of their profession.
For the first programmes there were 28 sisters and for the second
programmed there 42 sisters from over 12 congregations. The programme
consisted of input material on biblical, religious, spiritual and
psychological aspects. Each programme ended with one week contemplative
retreat with an emphasis on inner silence.
Tertians intensive preparation:
month long programme for the Tertians (i.e., those who are preparing for
their final vows) was conducted in Ryshivana from 1-30 May. It was
attended by the both men and women religious. The brothers were from the
OMI and the Guanelian congregations. The sisters were from the
congregations of Sisters of St. Elizabeth, Ursulines (OSU), Adoration
Sisters (ASC) and the Good News Sisters. Personal attention was given to
each participant particularly with the course on psycho-spiritual
maturity. This course was conducted by Dr. Fr. Praveen D’Souza, who is
the director of the Emmaus Counselling Centre at Mapusa, Goa. The
teritans concluded their programme with one day outing (“Mangalore
Darshan”) organized by the Institute.