Over 100 Carmelite priests, seminarians and devotees from various parts of India made their way to the ruins of ‘Convento de Carmo’ at Old Goa to mark the 400 years celebration of Carmelites in India. ‘Convento de Carmo’ was the first church of the Carmelites in India. Superior General of the Carmelites, Fr Saverio Cannistra OCD presided over the Eucharistic celebration. He spoke about how the Carmelite missionaries made their way to Goa and how they spread the faith not only in Goa but also other parts of the country. Appealing to the people to continue having faith in the Christ, Fr Saverio said: “The Carmelite priests effortlessly worked and followed the path of the Jesus and spread the faith across different parts of the country which is what we need to do. We need to continue with our task for the goodwill of the people. As we celebrate 400 years it is a clear indicator how the faith has strengthen its roots in the country.”
After the Eucharistic celebration, the Superior General along with other members of the congregation laid wreaths on the tombs of the Carmelites priests and missionaries whose tombs were recently discovered during the excavation of the church at Old Goa.