Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fr. Joe speaks on "Yoga and Cultural Synthesis" - At the Maharashtra Yoga Utsav, Mumbai, India

25th March 2017
At the ongoing Maharashtra Yoga Utsav, Fr. Joe was on a panel discussion on "Yoga & Cultural Synthesis". which was  chaired by Dr. Ishwar Acharya - Director, CCRYN (Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy). The other speakers were Dr. H. H. Sadguru Togiraj Sri Sri Mangeshda and . Dr. S. N. Pathan - Former Vice Chancellor, MIT Pune.

In his address to a well attended audience in Patkar hall, SNDT University, Chruchgate Fr. Joe spoke about Guruji BKS Iyengars unique contribution to the addicts by desiging specific protocols of asanas in addiction treatment and how he inspired Fr. Joe to go the the "poorest of the poor in Health". and stressed on the aspect of measurablity, giving the whole approach a credibility.Fr. Joe further added about the AA program of recovery and how it ignored the psycho-somatic aspect of recovery and with the  addition of Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ it made the program complete,which brought about a Holistic transformation of the complete personality of an individual.

The  discussion was much appreciated and after the event many stayed back to discuss many matters of  yoga interest with Fr. Joe.

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Santosh Sedan


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fr Joe along with Sarpanch of Jamshet, Dahanu (East), Seva Dhan Trustees & Guest of honors inaugurates Kripa Seva Rehabilitation Centre

19th March 2017:
"We recycle men...."says Fr. Joe in his inaugural speech at the opening of the new centre in collaboration with Seva Dhan at Jamshet, Dahanu, Maharasthra. This centre will be called "Kripa Seva."
The inauguration was done along  with the Trustees of Kripa Seva, namely Mrs. Clema Pinto, Dr Fedrick D'Souza( who was accompanied by Mrs. D'Souza), Trustee  Retd Wing Commander Alban Rosario.Excused was Trustee of Seva Mr. Joe Lobo due to his health. The Chief Guest was the Sarpanch of Jamshet Mrs. Sangeeta Vasant Gorwala, who was accompanied by her husband Corporator Mr. Vasant Gorwala, Mr Jude Pereira, Mr. Dominic Menezes, Police Inspector Ramesh Andher, VRACS Board members Jagdish Shetty, Mrs. Manisha Kanekar ,Dr. Vinod, Dr. (Mrs) Shubhangi Patil, Mr. Sharad Vichare,Mr. Aakil Amrohi & Fly, Dr Bhakti, Dr Vinay,Ganesh Tarade and staff led by Mr. Amit Patel. In her speech the Sarpanch was so touched by the humbleness and genuine concern for the upliftment of the poor by Fr. Joe,that she assured all support towards the cause of kripa Foundation in her area of judiciary 
The advisory board member of VRACS Dr. Hemant Patil stated that at Russell Dham (the name given by Fr. Joe to the building in memory of the founder of Seva Dhan Mr. Russel Pinto) would not only be for rehabilitation for addicts, but will also house doctors who will come from Vasai once a week to treat the local tribals for their medical needs. This got a big round of applause from the locals who had come in large numbers as there is a shortage of medical facilities in these areas.
After the traditional lighting of the lamp, Fr. Joe inaugurated the room that has been done for his visit at the centre and also blessed and placed a portrait of Saint Mother Teresa of Kolkata in the prayer room which was bought by Mr. Bruno Coelho along with a crucifix.. Earlier a statue of Our Lady of Mount was gifted by Bosco D'Souza's family.
The Guest were  entertained to some great music and tribal folk dances by children and youth of the village, this was choreographed by our staff Rajesh Gound a tribal himself. Everyone enjoyed  the hidden talents of these children.
Fr. Solomon accompanied by the Parish Priest of Ashagad Fr. Joe Gonsalves, Fr. Dominic, Fr. Jacob and Fr Yogesh prayed and recited  the Graced before meals, especially praying for the good health of Fr. Joe, who is reaching out into remote areas of the country, helping people live an addiction free life from substance abuse and HIV/AIDS care through yoga and the 12 steps program of AA, incorporated in the Kripa Model of Treatment. The guest were treated to a sumptuous lunch, specially cooked by the staff and family of kripa Dahanu.
In a big surprise to the guest all were given to take away vegetables that were grown on the farm of Kripa Seva Dahanu. This was a very touching gesture on behalf of Fr. Joe to all the guest who took some vegetables as they left for their journey back home.
Indeed it was a memorial day and people took along cherished memories of Kripa Seva Dahanu.
 A special mention of gratitude to staff Vijay Mehta, Mohan Mehta and  Akshay Sawant, Ashley, Vasant, Elmer, Sanjay who have worked 24 x 7 to make things possible, Richard Bhenka, Wilson Fernandes, Rajesh Gound, Pravin Shinde, Mr. Linus Pinto, Fr. Seraphine Ekka, Mrs. Jean Pereira, Mrs. Alka Raut,  Bruno Coelho, Mozen Heredia, Shamit, Godwin,Ozwin,Khemchand, Mervyn Roccha, Oscar, Ashwin Fernandes, Joseph Saldanha, Suman Bhattacharjee, Suryakant, Terence,Mervyn, John, the patients of Kripa Dahanu and family members of staff especially Charmaine D'Souza, Mr. & Mrs Eknath and Aparna Eknath Sawant ( Parents of Akshay's), Stephen D'Souza and Antoinette D'Souza, Dr. Amol Gaikwad for extending his medical help to the in-house patients.

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Stephen D'Souza
Viajay Mehta
Amit Patel.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

FR. Joe conducts - Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ workshop with the Yoga group of Leigh Anne from Canaday

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Fr. Joe conducts -Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ workshop with Yoga group of Sima from Germany

9th January 2017


Fr Joe with Chief Guest Cricketer Mr. Vinod Kambli, holds a massive Children Party for 550 Orphans, Children Living with HIV,Special Children & Children Living with HIV.

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Fr. Joe conducts the VRACS Board meeting at the New Kripa Seva Centre in Dahanu

16th October

Fr. Joe in his zeal to reach out to more and more suffering addicts and PLHA ( People Living with HIV/AIDS), it was dedicded to have the VRACS Guiding Board Meeting at the new centre of Kripa in Jamshet, Dahanu, Palghar District, Maharashtra. This centre is a collaborative centre with Seva Dhan which is now known as Kripa Seva Dahanu.

The meeting was held in the lush green surroundings of the campus under huge trees.Where it was also decided to have programs and medical help to the tribals in the area. The team was take around and shown the vegetables grown with the help of drip irrigation and was later served a sumptuous lunch. Which made the visit very memorial.

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