Indian cloistered nun receives her doctorate in aerospace engineering.

NEW DEHLI, India – A cloistered nun in India came out of her convent for an extraordinary reason: to attend a graduation ceremony for her doctorate in Aerospace Engineering.

“I had joined the religious order after my final oral exam last year, and this was the first time I came out after that. The rules of our order forbid us from going out of the convent, but I was given special permission to attend the convocation,” Sister Benedicta of the Holy Face told Matters India over the summer.

The 32-year-old nun lives in a cloistered convent of the Benedictine Sisters of the Reparation of the Holy Face.

Born in Kuwait before the Gulf War, Sister Benedicta studied at St Xavier’s College in Mumbai and then earned a Master’s degree in space science from Pune University, located 90 miles from Mumbai.

She earned her PhD from the Defense Institute of Advanced Technology in Pune. According to Matters India, her doctoral work in the field of aerospace engineering involved scramjet engines, which are used mainly for hyper-sonic vehicles and space vehicles.

Sister Benedicta had always felt a call to the consecrated life, but made the decision to become a nun after attending a spiritual retreat in Pune. She finished her doctorate studies before telling her family that she wanted to enter a cloistered convent.

The congregation of the Benedictine Sisters of the Reparation of the Holy Face was founded in 1950 by Venerable Abbot Hildebrand Gregory. In 1977, it became a pontifical congregation and has houses on several continents.

(Story from the The Catholic Register News Agency) through Fr. Valentine Rebello.

GCSofUSA invites to join 2016 Christmas Carol singing tour.

It’s the ‘Season to be Joyous’ and the busiest time of the year. As the world gears up to celebrate the birth of the lord Jesus Christ, carol singing is a guaranteed way to swing everyone into a festive mood.

Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA is organizing Christmas Caroling for the last several years. We visit homes of the members to share the message of Christ’s birth. It creates an uncommon sight when four generations of the family are welcomed for carol singing. Our oldest member is 82 (Mr. Joseph Parmar) while the youngest member is a six-year-old Braxton, son of Purvi and Amit Macwan.

So the tradition and festivity continues this year too. Our Christmas Carol singing tour is scheduled for Saturday, December 17, 2016. Please note as always we would like to visit each and every member’s home provided their availability. Please join us form the beginning point or join us at any point of the route as per your convenient. Please find below a complete route with respective address.

Starting point: Clera & Jagadish Christian – 144 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Woodbridge, NJ 07095 @ 9:30AM

Lunch courtesy of Mrs. Kokila Russell – 1639 West 4th Street, Piscataway, NJ 08854 @ around 4:30PM

Ending point: Roma & Rakesh Macwan – 81 Jefferson Avenue, Apt#2 Jersey City, 07306 @ around 8:30PM

We starts at 9:30 in the morning and it last till midnight travelling

ચા-પાણી અને નાસ્તામાં ઘણો સમય થતો હોય છે. તો આપ સૌને આગ્રહભરી વિનંતી છે કે મહેરબાની ચા-પાણી-નાસ્તાની આપણી સહજ અને પ્રેમાળ પ્રણાલીને ટાળો તો ઘણું સારું. આ પ્રવાસમાં જોડાયેલા સૌના સમયની કિંમત સમજીને આ આગ્રહ જતો કરો તો ઘણો આભાર. અને છતાં પણ તમારી ઇચ્છાને ના રોકી શકતા હો તો અગાઉથી તૈયારી રાખી ઝડપથી આટોપવાનો પ્રયત્ન કરશો એવી વિનંતી.

Jayalalithaa considered her schooldays to be the happiest days of her life.

The days she loved the most

Carmelite order set to mark 400 years of existence in Goa, India

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Carmelite order set to mark 400 yrs of existence in Goa

TNN | Nov 28, 2016, 03.11 AM IST


COLVA: The Carmelite order is all set to mark 400 years of its presence in Goa with the feast of its first martyrs, Blessed Dionysius (Dennis) and Redemptus. Celebrations will be held on Tuesday at the ruins of the first foundation monastery in Old Goa. Every year, the Carmelites observe this feast as a mark of remembrance of their first martyrs.

Fr Archibald Gonsalves, superior of the Carmelite monastery in Margao, told TOI that the Discalced Carmelites of Goa will remember and celebrate the feast of their first martyrs, Blessed Dionysius and Redemptus, at the ruins of the first foundation monastery, Old Goa, on November 29 at 4pm. The feast mass will be celebrated by Fr Charles Serrao OCD, provincial of the Karnataka-Goa province of the Carmelites. Fr Sylvestre D’Souza OCD, councillor for spirituality will deliver the homily.

In the 17th century, Fr Leander of the Annunciation, a native of Burgos in Spain, contacted authorities in Goa for the purpose of setting up a foundation in the state.

Without much difficulty, Fr Leander was able to secure a temporary licence from Archbishop Don Cristobal de Sa Lisboa to put up a church and a modest residence, which soon grew into a novitiate community.

The archbishop and viceroy contributed to the construction of a magnificent church which was inaugurated on April 25, 1620 and completed in 1621. Today, one can see the ruins of the first foundation Carmelite monastery at this plac, where over 100 friars were trained.

It has become a pilgrim site for nearly 20,000 Carmelites living in Asia. There are tombs of significant personalities of royal families and of Carmelite friars on the premises and in the Convento Di Carmo church.

It is recalled that Blessed Redemptus, a Portuguese soldier, joined the Carmelites to be a non-clerical Carmelite brother through a profession of vows in 1635 at Old Goa. The other was Fr Dionysius, a French sailor and a cartographer, who was admitted into the novitiate at Old Goa in the year 1635.

When the ambassador, Francis D’Souza was to leave for the East Indies on the request of the government, his superiors allowed Fr Dionysius to go along with the diplomatic mission sent by the viceroy to the sultan of Acheh in the East Indies. He was accompanied by Redemptus of the Cross.

While the ambassador and his troupe were released, Fr Dionysius and Redemptus were enslaved for some time, and subjected to torture before they were martyred on November 29, 1638.

These first martyrs of the Teresian Carmel were beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1900.


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