At Ryshivana Spirituality Institute
for Inner silence and contemplation, the annual Certificate course
in Spirituality was solemnly inaugurated on Saturday, 7 August 2021,
by Rev. Fr. Pius James DíSouza, the Provincial of the Karnataka Goa
Province, by lighting the lamp. This year there are altogether 24
participants from various congregations. Besides, there are
retreatants who frequent the institute for spiritual nourishment.
The event was doubly made memorable by the Jubilee celebrations. Fr.
Joe Tauro, who celebrated his golden Jubilee of religious
Profession. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, the Director of the centre and
Fr. John Lobo, completed their 60 years, Shashtipoorti.
The Solemn Eucharist was celebrated at 10.30 am by Fr. Provincial
along with Msgr. Maxim Noronha, the Vicar General of Mangalore
Diocese, the Jubilarians, Fr. Deep Fernandes, the Councillor in
charge of Spirituality and 25 concelebrants. Fr. Provincial in his
homily spoke on Conviction and commitment in religious life.
Soon after the Eucharist, Mr. V.L. Rego, the Pioneer who started the
Yoga centre at Ryshivana along with Fr. Rudolf DíSouza, the donor,
cut the ribbon and inaugurated the newly elevated statue of Jesus
Christ, which has become a new landmark in Ranipura. Then the three
jubilarians inaugurated the newly erected lift facility in the main
building. The Vicar General then blessed these facilities.
During the stage program, Fr. Charles Serrao, the Superior of Carmel
Hill, proposed the toast in honour of Fr. Joe Tauro, his companion.
Fr. John Sequeira, proposed the toast in honour of Fr. Archibald
Gonsalves and Fr. Melvin DíCunha, the Provincial councillor and
Parish priest of Mira Road, proposed toast in honour of Fr. John
Lobo. After cutting the jubilee cake, the jubilarians were honoured
by Fr. Provincial, a community representative and the toast master.
Shanthi Dham sistersí choir sang the jubilee song.
The dignitaries of the day included Rev. Sr. Susheela, the UFS
Mother General, Sr. Rita Vas, the UFS Provincial, Fr. Cyprian Pinto,
the Dean and Fr. Jayaprakash, the Parish Priest and Mr. Wilfred,
Munnur Panchayat President and Mr. Naveen and Mrs. Rita Panchayat
members. All the dignitaries were honoured, Fr. Archie, the Director
expressed sentiments of gratitude in the name of the jubilarians and
then thanked one and all for the grand celebration. Fr. Wilfred
Rodrigues and Fr. Lancy Mendonca were specially thanked for
organising the event. Mr. V. L. Rego was then felicitated by Fr.
Provincial, Vicar General and Fr. Gregory DíSouza, the founder of
Ryshivana, at his completion of 75 years. In spite of the lockdown,
and covid restrictions, everyone savoured the sweetness of the