Three Deacons of the Karnataka-Goa Province of Discalced Carmelites were ordained to the priesthood on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at the Infant Jesus Shrine in Bikarnakatte. Fr. Melwin Lasrado (Nirkan Parish), Fr. Nikesh D'Souza (Paneer Parish), and Fr. Kiran Lobo (Belthangady Parish) were ordained as priests during the Pontifical Mass at 10 a.m. by Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore
After a demanding but sincere 13-year formation, the elders of the Province, with the approval of the local Bishop, deemed them suitable candidates for the priesthood. And so they were ordained! The shrine was packed with the ordinandi's family, friends, and well-wishers. In the presence of 86 priests from the province, diocese and other congregations, the Bishop anointed them with the Holy Oil.
During the Homily, the Bishop emphasized the priest's specific role and how his life is modeled after the Supreme High Priest, Jesus Christ! The newly ordained priests blessed the congregation and brought great joy to the entire Church of God!
Rev. Fr Pius James D'Souza, General Definitor of the Carmelite Order, and Fr George Santhumayor, Provincial Superior along with Fr Charles Serrao, Superior of St Joseph's Monastery, greeted the priests with the Kiss of Peace. Fr Rudolph Pinto guided the liturgy of the day and the Carmel Choir led the congregation in singing praises to the Lord.
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