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Mangaluru, April 7, 2021 : 50 years of religious profession jubilee was celebrated at Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD, Rev. Fr. Joe Tauro, Rev. Fr. Jossy Rodrigues OCD had committed themselves with three vows ( Chastity, Poverty and Obedience) to the Lord in Kerala. It was a moment of joy and God's blessings over the five long decades.

Fr. Serrao, who hailed from Siddakatte had glorious years of service as Definator General of Carmelite Order for 12 years, provincial for 6 years, Rector of international seminary in Rome and now resides in Mangaluru as Superior of St. Joseph's Monastery.

Fr. Tauro hails from Bondel. He was rector of the international seminary in Rome and provincial superior of the province for six years. He has served in various capacities to the order and the church.

Fr. Jossy hails from Kulshekar. He has served the province since the beginning of the province as formator, superior, novice master in the province. At present he resides in Carmelite monastery, Madgoa. Due to illness, he couldn't join the celebration. God's blessings were wished upon all the celebrants.

There were more than 50 priests, religious and laity gathered for the mass. Fr. Charles was main celebrant and Fr. Joe Tauro broke the word during mass. Fr. Lawrence D'mello raised the toast. Fr. Pius James DSouza Provincial and Rev. Fr. Johannes Gorantla, Definator General graced the occasion.

A short Yakshagana in Konkani, which is a coastal tradition, was presented which drew all attention. It was prepared by Fr. Alwin Sequeira and presented by Asha Deepa Minor Seminary students from Madanthyar. The program was compeered by Rev. Fr. Wilferd Rodrigues.

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