NEWS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Rev. Fr. Dominic Vas, OCD
Director and Programme Coordinator

Fr. Rovel D'Souza, OCD
Dean of Studies

Fr. Jovel Olivera OCD
Bursar

 

News Archive

Seminar on "Mass Media and Religious Life, Rewards and Regrets of Media" on February 17, 2019.
Dhyanavana along with Mysore CRI conducted a very enlightening and inspiring seminar on "Mass Media and Religious Life, Rewards and Regrets of Media" on Sunday February 17, 2019 at Pushpashrama Auditorium, Mysore. There were 4 erudite papers and a panel discussion. Around 300 Priests and Religious participated in the seminar. Bishop William inaugurated the seminar. All said that the theme of Mass Media was very relevant for religious formation today.

Convocation @ Dhyanavana
The Convocation of Dhyanavana, International Institute of Spirituality, was held on 19 March 2019. 78 students received the Diplomas and Certificates in Holistic Spirituality. Most Rev. Dr. Thomas Vazhapilly, Bishop Emeritus of Mysore Diocese, was the Chief Guest and conferred the Diplomas and certificates. V. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, OCD, Provincial, released the Dhyanavana Annual. Mr. Clifford Pereira, Director, TV9 group, gave the Convocation address which was well appreciated. Around 200 Priests, Religious, friends and Benefactors participated in the function. All appreciated this well organized program.

Seminar on "Mass Media and Religious Life, Rewards and Regrets of Media" on February 17, 2019.
Dhyanavana along with Mysore CRI conducted a very enlightening and inspiring seminar on "Mass Media and Religious Life, Rewards and Regrets of Media" on Sunday February 17, 2019 at Pushpashrama Auditorium, Mysore. There were 4 erudite papers and a panel discussion. Around 300 Priests and Religious participated in the seminar. Bishop William inaugurated the seminar. All said that the theme of Mass Media was very relevant for religious formation today.

Visit of V. Rev. Fr. Superior General and the General Definitory to Dhyanavana on February 12, 2019.


Dhyanavana Day celebration on Sunday, 23rd September 2018
Dhyanavana Day was celebrated on Sunday, 23rd September 2018. Dhyanavana is an International Spirituality Centre where presently 65 sisters are studying from around 30 Religious Congregations. We conduct Diploma Course of 9 months and Certificate Courses of 6 and 3 months to the Religious Women, along with M.A. in Holistic Spirituality from the University of Mysore. On Dhyanavana Day celebration, many Major Superiors and Junior Mistresses participated along with our neighbouring Priests, Religious and Friends. In the morning we had a talk on “Formation” and a Con-Celebrated Holy Eucharist by Rev. Fr. Pius James, OCD, Vicar Provincial. In the evening our Dhyanavana sisters put up a very good cultural program with the message “WE ARE WOMEN OF FAITH - United in God’s Love, Sisters in Grace”. Most Rev. Dr. Antony Kariyil, Bishop of Mandya was the Chief Guest along with Fr. Pius James. Around 200 people participated in the program.May St. Teresa of Benedicta of the Cross – Dhyanavana Patroness, intercede for us always.

INAUGURATION OF SPIRITUALITY COURSE AT DHYANAVANA
The 22nd Diploma Holistic Spirituality Course was inaugurated by Most Rev. Dr. Thomas Vazhapilly, Bishop Emeritus of Mysore, with the inaugural Holy Eucharist on 1 July 2018. Fifty five Sisters are registered for the course as residential participants; besides 12 sisters attend a few selected courses as day scholars. For the Inaugural Mass around 25 priests and more than 125 religious were present. Dhyanavana is open to the sisters for short courses and retreats also.

21ST ACADEMIC YEAR AT DHYANAVANA, MYSURU, BROUGHT TO A CLOSE.
The 21st Convocation of Dhyanavana International Institute of Spirituality was held on Monday, March 26, 2018. Most Rev. Dr. Francis Serrao, Bishop of Shimoga, was the Chief Guest of the function and awarded Diplomas and certificates to 85 students. V. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD, Provincial, presided over the function and released the Dhyanavana Annual magazine. Advocate Mahadev Deshak delivered the convocation address on "A Christian Response to the communal Forces of Today". The whole function was attended by around 200 Clergy, Religious and Friends.

Carmelite  Seminar @ Pushpashrama Mysore, on 5-11-17


A Seminar on Discernment…
THE ART OF PSYCHO-SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT IN RELIGIOUS LIFE

Discernment is the quality of being able to grasp or comprehend what is obscure. It is an act of perceiving or discerning something. Discernment has many dimensions, such as, Religious, Moral, Mystical, Ignatian and Psychological. In Christianity, Discernment is a seeking of God’s will in my life through the inner movements of the spirit. We are all called to discernment because Christian life is precisely a response to God’s will and call to discipleship. Hence it is important that I learn to be in touch with myself and get to know myself better. Discernment of spirits is also a challenging task. It requires maturity, inner quiet, and an ability to reflect on one’s interior life. Discernment acts as a means of protection, guarding us from being deceived spiritually. It also acts as an instrument of healing, when exercised in grace. Further, discernment functions as a key to Christine freedom by forming and educating our conscience.
Finally, discernment serves as a catalyst to spiritual development. Hence, we should pray always, “Lord, I am your servant; give me discernment” (Ps. 119:125).

On January 21, 2018, Dhyanavana, International Institute of Spirituality, in association with CRI Mysore Diocese, organized a full day seminar on Discernment…The Art of Psycho-Spiritual Discernment in Religious Life, in Pushpashrama Auditorium, Mysore. At 9:00 a.m. the seminar started with registration and at around 9:15 am the programme began.  The Seminar commenced by invoking God’s blessings. Rev. Sr. Juanita CSST Provincial, Inaugurated the Seminar. The CRI Provincials were the Chief Guests and Rev. Fr. Dominic Vas OCD - Director of Dhyanavana welcomed the gathering and briefed the audience about the purpose of the seminar. The lighting of the lamp was done by all the dignitaries of the Seminar. The Seminar was a grand success for which many priests, religious and brothers from near and far attended the seminar accounting to around 400 in number. The First Session was dealt by Very Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, OCD, Provincial, Karnaataka-Goa Province, on “The Pedagogy of Discernment for the Religious and Priestly Formation” (Religious Perspective). The Second Session was dealt by Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, OCD, on “Discernment of Conscience – Voice of God” (Moral Perspective). The Third Session was dealt by Rev. Fr. Gregory D’Souza, OCD, on “Discernment of Mystical Contemplation / Mystical Phenomena” (Mystical Perspective). The Fourth Session was dealt by Rev. Fr. Fredrick D’Silva, SJ, on “Discernment of Spirits” (Ignatian Perspective). The Fifth Session was dealt by Rev. Fr. Praveen D’Souza, OCD, on “Discerning Psychological Problems and Differentiating between Psychological Disorder and Demonic Possession” (Psychological Perspective). Deliberations and Valediction was done by Rev. Fr. Sylvester D Souza, OCD, Provincial Secretary, Karnaataka-Goa Province. Vote of Thanks was done by Rev. Sr. Theresina Vadakkekara, USS, CRI Secretary, Mysore Diocese. Thus, by 5:30 p.m. the seminar concluded by singing the anthem of Dhyanavana followed by tea. All the participants were happy about the seminar being organized on “Discernment” through which they gained a lot of information on the various topics dealt by the eminent speakers of the seminar. They were in praise for the organizers of the seminar, namely – Fr. Dominic Vas, OCD, the Director of Dhyanavana, International Institute of Spirituality, Mysore, as well as the CRI President, Mysore Diocese along with the CRI team. The Programme was compeered by Rev. Fr. Rovel D’Souza, OCD, and the physical nourishment of the participants was looked after by Rev. Fr. Victor Pais, OCD. We express heartfelt gratitude to Pushpashrama community for their whole hearted cooperation.

Carmelite  Seminar @ Pushpashrama Mysore, on 5-11-17


Dhyanavana Day 2017


NEW ACADEMIC YEAR AT DHYANAVANA, MYSURU
Dear Major Superiors, Superiors and religious and friends in Carmel,
Greetings from Dhyanavana, International Institute of Spirituality, Mysore.
The 21st batch of Dhyanavana Spirituality course was inaugurated on Sunday, 2nd July, 2017 by V. Rev. Fr. Pius James D'Souza, OCD, Vicar Provincial and Episcopal Vicar for Religious during the Holy Eucharist which was participated by around 25 priests and over 100 religious and friends.
This year we have 50 residential participants for the course and 15 day scholars. We thank the Major Superiors for sending their sisters for our Holistic Spirituality course.

ONE-MONTH COURSE
April 17-22, 2017:
God-Experience through Mystical Prayer
• Definition of mystical contemplation
• Contemplative setting
• Harmonizing body and mind
• Ethical pre-conditions
• Attuning exterior senses
• Grooming interior senses
• Dynamics of spiritual powers
• Stages inn contemplative prayer
• Initial contemplation – Intense contemplation – Mystical contemplation
Resource Person: Rev. Dr. Dominic Vas, OCD, MA, Ph.D.
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April 24-29, 2017:
Re-Visiting the Consecrated Life
• The biblical perspectives of life
• Canonical perspective
• The theological basis of consecrated life
• Re-visiting the evangelical counsels
• Religious life in the documents of the Church
– Lumen Gentium – Perfectae Caritatis – Vita Consecrata
• New expressions in the consecrated life
Resource Person: Rev. Dr. Alphonse Britto, OCD, STL, STD
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May 1-6, 2017:
Leadership and Community Building Skills
• Leadership in the Bible
• Jesus, the leader
• Types of leadership
• Communication skills - Trust – Listening
• Paradigm shift
• Third alternative
• Win win
• Mission statement
• Team building
Resource person: Rev. Dr. Cleophas Braganza, MA, Ph.D.
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May 7 – 13, 2017:
Retreat on “Encounter Jesus in Prayer”.

Preacher: Rev. Fr. Rovel D’Souza, OCD, STL, (Rome)



Participants for One-Month course.

CONVOCATION AT DHYANAVANA
On Sunday March 19, 2017 convocation of Dhyanavana was held at 6 p.m. Prof. A. John Siluvai, who is a professor at St. Philomena’s (autonomous) College, Mysore, both in English and French, gave the key-note address. He dealt on the theme “A call to the Religious to Confront the Challenges of Today”. Most Rev. Dr. Anthony Kariyil, CM, Bishop of Mandya, awarded the diplomas and certificates to the sisters and spoke how like Jesus we have to grow in age, knowledge, wisdom and grace with God and men. V. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, OCD, Provincial of Karnataka-Goa presided over the function, released the Dhyanavana Annual and spoke on spirituality of worldliness and difference between spirituality and spiritual exercises. 57 sisters received the Diplomas and Certificates. Around 160 guests participated in the function.

Pongal Celebration :

Institution Day Celebration :

Birthday Celebration of Fr. Canute

Christmas Celebration :

Course on Psycho-Spiritual Integration: May 16 - 21, 2016

Inauguration of Dhyanavana Spirituality Course
The 20th Diploma Spirituality of Dhyanavana was inaugurated on Sunday, 3 July 2016, during the Eucharistic celebration which was officiated by Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza OCD, Councillor in charge of Spirituality. More than 25 Carmelite and other religious priests and around 100 sisters and brothers attended the celebration. During the homily Fr. Silvestre explained the spirituality of St. Thomas the Apostle as relevant to the course participants and everyone. This year God has blessed us with 41 participants.

Course on Psycho-Spiritual Integration: May 16 - 21, 2016

Retreat: May 12 - 18, 2016

Leadership Course: May 2 - 14, 2016

Retreat: May 1 - 7, 2016

Retreat: April 24 - 30, 2016

April 10 - 23, 2016: Prayer Course

April 17-23, 2016 Retreat

DHYANAVANA CONVOCATION DAY : March 19, 2016
The 19th convocation of Dhyanavana, International Institute of Spirituality, Mysore was held on 19 March 2016 at 6 p.m. A total number of 58 sisters received the Diploma and Certificates. 85 sisters attended the different courses throughout the year as residential and day scholars. The keynote convocation address was given by Prof. Jose V.K., Principal, Teresian College, Mysore, on the theme “The Debate on Secularism in our country and the response of the Priests and Religious”. V. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, the President of Dhyanavana Institute and Provincial of Karnataka-Goa Province, was the Chief Guest. In his address he appreciated Dhyanavana students, their prayerfulness and resourcefulness, academic and cultural performance.

December 18, 2015:
For Dhyanavana the day had dawned for a triple celebration and thus the entire family of Dhyanavana was glowing with joy and good cheer all around the whole day. The day began with a well prepared and meaningful prayer service by our student sisters, followed by carol singing in the afternoon at 3 p.m......The singing and the visit of Baby Jesus to all the rooms marked the celebration of Christmas. At 6.30 p.m. we had a solemn Eucharistic celebration in connection with the Triple celebration; namely: The Christmas celebration, Send-off to the sisters who had attended the six-month certificate course from July to December, and the anticipated birthday celebration of Fr. Canute Tauro. After the Mass, all gathered for the colourful and vibrant cultural programme.

Seminar on Extraordinary Jubilee year of Mercy
On 21st February 2016, Dhyanavana International Institute of Spirituality, Mysore in association with CRI ,Mysore and and KRCBC (Karnataka Regional Commission for Formation) organized Seminar at Pushpashram Auditorium , Mysore. The seminar was on “Extra ordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy” on the theme ‘MERCIFUL LIKE THE FATHER’. Around 450 priests and religious attended this seminar belonging to 69 congregations from Mysore diocese. The seminar began at 9.00 AM with arrival and registration. At 9.15 am our Bishop of Mysore Rt.Rev. Thomas Vazhappily Inaugurated the seminar with a short reflection on the implication of mercy on our community life.

December 18, 2015:
For Dhyanavana the day had dawned for a triple celebration and thus the entire family of Dhyanavana was glowing with joy and good cheer all around the whole day. The day began with a well prepared and meaningful prayer service by our student sisters, followed by carol singing in the afternoon at 3 p.m......The singing and the visit of Baby Jesus to all the rooms marked the celebration of Christmas. At 6.30 p.m. we had a solemn Eucharistic celebration in connection with the Triple celebration; namely: The Christmas celebration, Send-off to the sisters who had attended the six-month certificate course from July to December, and the anticipated birthday celebration of Fr. Canute Tauro. After the Mass, all gathered for the colourful and vibrant cultural programme.

DHYANAVANA DAY : Feast of St. Edith Stein, Our Patroness - Celebrated on October 10, 2015
Dhyanavana was full of joy and cheer as the day had dawned to celebrate “Dhyanavana Day” – the Feast of ST. EDITH STEIN, our Patroness on October 10, 2015. The Director, Rev. Fr. Dominic Vas OCD, welcomed one and all who amidst their busy schedules, found time to join in our joy and celebration. The evening was made colourful with a cultural programme consisting of various cultural dances, skits and drama very well performed by our student sisters. In view of our “Institution Day”, various competitions were held. Most of the judging was done by a penal outside the institute.

Inauguration of 19th Dhyanavana Spirituality Diploma Course
19th Dhyanavana Spirituality Diploma Course was inaugurated on July 5th. This gracious event was officiated by Rev. Fr. George Santhmayor OCD, Vicor Provincial of Karnataka Goa Province and Director of Dhyana Sadhana. Fr. George celebrated Holy Eucharist and Rev. Fr. Alfred D Souza Rector of Pushpashrama Philosophy College preached the word of God. He stressed on three dimensions of spirituality namely ascending, horizontal and descending dimensions of our spiritual growth. Rev. Fr. Dominic Vas Director of Dhyanavana welcomed and thank gathering for their continuous support to the institute.

April 1 - 30, 2015:
RETREATS

The campus of Dhyanavana was full with continuous bookings of Retreats such as – Individuals, small groups and large groups. Many religious sisters and also a Priest took part in the preached retreats offered by Dhyanavana. The silence and solitude brightened the atmosphere of Dhyanavana.

 

May 11 - 23, 2015:
“LEADERSHIP COURSE”
A two-week “Leadership Course”: An intense two-week community animation and leadership course for men and women religious superiors, or heads of institutions and animators of apostolate was conducted. The course was well-planned and organized in a systematic way. The participants of the course were in full appreciation and extended their positive experiences spent here at the Dhyanavana. Overall the course was a success.

May 11 - 23, 2015:
“LEADERSHIP COURSE”
A two-week “Leadership Course”: An intense two-week community animation and leadership course for men and women religious superiors, or heads of institutions and animators of apostolate was conducted. The course was well-planned and organized in a systematic way. The participants of the course were in full appreciation and extended their positive experiences spent here at the Dhyanavana. Overall the course was a success.

May 1- 31, 2015:
Retreats and Spiritual Programmes

All the weeks in this month are booked with preached retreats, personal retreats as well as an organized prayer progamme cum retreat and one month guided retreat. Some retreats are specially organized by the Jubilarians, and for those in preparation for the final vows.
 

April 20 – May 2, 2015:
“GOD EXPERIENCE THROUGH MYSTICAL PRAYER”

A Two-week course on “God Experience through Mystical Prayer”: A well planned programme on contemplation, prayer dynamics and God experience was conducted here at Dhyanavana, and was attended by religious sisters. The course was handled by Frs. Dominic Vas, Canute Tauro and Ronal D’Souza through various sessions from morning to evening.
 

April 1 - 30, 2015:
RETREATS
The campus of Dhyanavana was full with continuous bookings of Retreats such as – Individuals, small groups and large groups. Many religious sisters and also a Priest took part in the preached retreats offered by Dhyanavana. The silence and solitude brightened the atmosphere of Dhyanavana.

The Eighteenth Convocation Programme Report of Dhyanavana.
March 19, the eighteenth Convocation of Dhyanavana Annual Diploma and certificate courses held at the Dhyanavana premises. Most Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Vazhapilly Bishop of Mysore presided over the function. Very Rev. Charles Serrao ocd Provincial of Karnataka – Goa Province and President of Dhyanavana institute was the chief guest. Prof. A. S. Dasan Ph. D, Director of Tap – me Academy, Mysore delivered the convocation Address. The day began with thanksgiving prayer to the Almighty God for his marvelous blessings on the institution, staff and on students.

Seminar on Consecrated Life in the Third Millennium: Hopes and Challenges
January 26, Dhyanavana International Institute of Spirituality, Mysore organized a full day seminar on Consecrated life in the third millennium: hopes and challenges. At 9:00 am seminar started with registration and at sharp 9:15 am programme was begun. Participant’s response was enthralling and mind boggling. Sisters from 53 congregations from Mysore, ten congregation sisters from Dhyanavana and four men congregation brothers and fathers participated in the Seminar.

Mission exposure programme :
January 21 to 23, 2015, a mission exposure programme was organized for Dhyanavana student sisters at Mariapura village in Kollegal district. It was guided by ODP NGO’S Staff members and it was headed by Sr. Felicie U F S. They initiated this exposure programme through P.R.A. method that is Participatory Rural Appraisal. This method helps to trace the needs of the villagers.

Pongal Celebration :
January 17 Dhyanavana institute of Spirituality celebrated Pongal festival with great gusto. Pongal is the harvest festival of the Southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu. It is a day of thanksgiving to the Lord who has blessed his creation with multiple blessings. In an agriculture based civilization, harvest plays an important role. The farmer cultivating the land depends on his cattle, timely rain and the Sun.

Guest Visit :
On January 16, 2015 V. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, OCD, Provincial of Karnataka- Goa province along with Fr. Makoto Wada, OCD, from Japan and presently working in Vatican radio and Fr. Gustavo Prats, ocd, from Spain presently Rector of Seminarium Missionum in Italy, visited Dhyanavana and celebrated mass in the morning for the community.

Goa Pilgrimage

Seminar on “Collegio De Christo”
November 16: Carmelite family of Mysore organized a seminar on “Collegio De Christo” in Pushpashrama premises under the able leadership of Rev. Fr. Dominic Vas. The resources persons of the seminar were Rev. Fr. Alfred Menezes and Jevan Tauro. Seminar began at 9:30 with registration and refreshments. At 10:00 a.m the seminar began with invoking blessings on seminar and on each one, followed by warm words of welcome by Rev. Fr. Dominic. Then Rev. Fr. Alfred dealt on the theme “Colegio De Christo”. Colegio de Christo means school of Christ. He began his talk by referring to gospel text of Lk 6:12-37.

Annual Retreat :

Major Superiors and Junior mistress get together
Under the theme in your presence is our delight a get together was held in order to meet the major superiors and junior mistress of our student sisters on 9th November. Meeting started at 9 o’clock. Dignitaries were solemnly welcomed by our student sisters and grace of God was invoked on all the participants. Rev. Fr. Dominic Vas Director of Dhyanavana welcomed all in his inaugural addressed especially Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao Provincial of Karnataka Goa province who is also the president of the institute and Rev. Fr. Sylvester D’ Souza Councilor in charge of Spirituality.

Study Tour to Golden Temple at Kushalnagar
The Nine Month Course sisters of Dhyanavana had a study tour on Sunday 12, October, 2014. The day started at 6 am with a prayer in the chapel. We boarded the hired bus for the tour, and proceeded to Dornahalli, Mysore, Shrine of St. Anthony of Padua. We offered mass in the shrine and visited the place where the Statue of St. Anthony was found. Fr. Gilbert D’Silva, Rector of the shrine explained to us the history of the shrine. Around 150 years ago when a Hindu man ploughing the field he got a statue of St. Anthony.

The Annual Study Tour:
Given the multi-religious context of the world today, it shall be a regular feature in the institute to give opportunity for the students to have a firsthand contact with exponents and cultic structures of other Indian religious traditions. This exposure is intended to avoid prejudices and know the phenomenon of inter-culturality more objectively so as to appreciate the similarities and discern also the fundamental uniqueness of one’s own faith. In addition, on request, there may be also an organized visit to Christian Holy Places.

Group Leadership:
The challenge to Christian life today is from an exaggerated concept of individual rights. The vibrant community life is the biggest challenge for the consecrated life tomorrow. The diploma participants are introduced to leadership, community building skills and administrative roles by roster by being involved in leading the group for a time and by hands on method and thus learn to face the challenges and pick up the skills of promoting and guiding the life in our communities and organize services.

DHYANAVANA, INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SPIRITUALITY (Affiliated to the Pontifical Institute of Spirituality ‘Teresianum’, Rome)

Address: Rev. Dr. Dominic Vas OCD, Director DHYANAVANA, R.S. Naidu Nagar, Mysore - 570 007, Karnataka State, India
Telephone: 0821 – 2498798 / 2492623 / 2496339; Mobile Number: 90086 03388
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