Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fr. Joe conducts Intense yog @ Santosh Yoga Centre & Presentation @ Aurora Hospital, Wincosin, Milwaukee




Friday Sept 27, 1130am

Santosh Yoga, Bryant Mascarenhas demonstrates yoga techniques under the instructions of Fr. Joe to amplify the teachings of Kripa Foundation Iyengar Yoga - at  Aurora Hospital - along with Dr. Ashok Bedi, and Dr. Longo to a packed audience of medical personnel, hospital administrators, pastors, therapists, yoga teachers, and well wishers,

Friday Sept 26, 7pm

USA-Jung India Foundation - led by Dr.Ashok Bedi felicitates Fr.Joe Pereira for receiving the "lifetime award for excellence" in addiction methodologies by the President of India, 2014. Dr. Bedi congratulated Fr.Joe and was excited for the educational exchange between USA-Jung Foundation's contribution towards Medical teaching and education of Kripa Counselors and therapists in India.

Friday Sept 27
Santosh Yoga Teachers, Well Wishers felicitate Fr.Joe Pereira for receiving the National award in a fund-raiser dinner held at Miss. Zeliha Zembilci's Home for Kripa Foundation, India. A fun night of well wishers, students of Santosh Yoga, family and friends spend an evening of thanksgiving with Fr.Joe.

Saturday and Sunday - Sept 28th and 29th 
Kripa Foundation Iyengar Yoga Intensives with a very large following of Santosh Yoga Students, teachers, doctors, therapists, meditators, counselors, etc. Fr.Joe expounded on God Love, as a way to heal the temple -the broken body. Fr.Joe emphasized the need for true discipleship to one's calling. He also beautifully explained the Guru-Shishya relationship as an important way for real transmission of yoga teachings. Bryant Macarenhas assisted Fr.Joe and demonstrated along with Fr.Joe 'several Kripa Foundation Iyengar yoga sequences.
All workshops were full. Students felt inspired, enlightened and thankful for Fr.Joe's visit to Milwaukee, USA.
Fr.Joe expounded 'that the call of the master is to die to oneself, to die to one's addictions, to die to one's imbalances, and learn to love the body, by going through your pain, and not avoiding it". Not Chitta Vrtti Nirodha, but cessation of cellular consciousness is what Guruji BKS Iyengar wanted sadhakas to experience.  Fr.Joe started all programs with great reverence and a moment of silence for our Guruji who has gone into 'Maha - Samadhi". Fr.Joe also expressed Mother Teresa's love through his own life as being instrumental in the growth and work of Kripa Foundation.

Everyone was very inspired.

Kripa US also promoted Fr.Joe's new book on "Kripa Foundation Iyengar Yoga" and his dvd 'Yoga for Christian Meditation".



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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fr. Joe conducts Intense kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga in Bergelingen, Germany




It was 27 years ago that Fr. Joe and Guenter Oberschmid met for the first time. After which this bondage of friendship grew stronger and stronger in between the two through yoga and in his support to Fr. Joe in his work of addiction. Street children and children living with HIV.
It is her in   Bergelingen which is really the perfect place for a quiet and peaceful yoga retreat that Fr. Joe comes year after year to teach and conduct yoga Iyengar yog workshops. This year at Waltrud and Gunther' yoga workshop the participants were treated to special cuisines  prepared by Michael, the Ayurvedic cook. The yoga workshop of Fr. Joe was a sell out,with most participants from  South of Germany. This year  the Therapy workshop was more focused on " Pranayama" which was liked by all participants. But most of all on a number of occasions throughout the sessions  memories and homage with great respect was given to late Yogacharya  Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar, even at the daily Eucharistic Celebration conducted by Fr. Joe.
At the end of the workshop the participants were filled with positive energies, wishing that the workshop would never end. 
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fr. Joe's 72nd Birthday Celebration @ Bandra and Vasai










Keeping in  line with the on-going tradition that has been been going on for more than a decade, Fr. Joe began the celebration of his" Gift of life" by offering a Thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration  at the on-going Novena's at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra, Mumbai, India.

Immediately after the service Fr. Joe was greeted at his Helpline office in the same building by his nun Sister Theresa,relatives,staff and well-wishers. The traditional birthday song was sung ,after which Fr. Joe cut his 72nd birthday cake and shared it with his sister Theresa and those gathered in his office.

Throughout the day the telephone lines were buzzing with calls of greeting from all over the world. Fr. Joe took time off and spent some  quality time with the patients in treatment. He said to them " Being with you all on my birthday, is the  most important celebration for me." 

In the evening a grand reception was held  jointly planned by Kripa and the yoga group of Bandra.. Many guest, friends of Fr. Joe , the parish fathers team, staff and patients numbering around 200 attended the function.

The program was compered by our National Program Director Bosco D'Souza who kept the gathering happy with songs from various singers and dancing.to the music of Aloo Sounds..

The party started on a nostalgic and emotional note, when a minute silence was observed for Late Yogacharya Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar. Fr,. Joe's beloved Yoga Guruji. The silence was penetrated with the playing of the "Last Retreat" on trumpet by Mr. Vesaokar which bought great solemnity in paying respect to Fr. Joe's Yoga Guruji.
To commemorate the occasion Lloyd  put up a great fantastic power point presentation of Fr. Joe's work since the last birthday.

The Grace before meals was said by the Parish team of Fathers along with Mr. Conrad and  Mrs. Mercy Saldanha.

 The guest were treated to  sumptuous dinner topped with desserts  prepared by the in-house chefs from Kripa, .helped by Lester, Sterling, Rouginton, Ruby, Charmaine, Chandu, Greta and Tensin.. The staff of Kripa Bandra and Vasai playing perfect host, with timely support of Lloyd,  Mervyn,  Solomon, Sheldon and all the patients of Kripa Bandra.

As the function ended one could see the content on the faces of our  guest as they left, taking back fond memories of a party well enjoyed- HAPPY BIRTHDAY FR. JOE.

The next day.....

In continuity of his birthday celebration Kripa Vasai hosted a lunch party for Fr. Joe's immediate family members and relatives, VRACS advisory board members, patients of Kripa Vasai and Vasai Region AIDS Control Society

 After the VRACS board meeting, Fr. Joe rushed to speak to the 150 members of families of patient in treatment, which was much appreciated and the birthday cake was cut along with guest of Kripa and a Al teen member The birthday celebration along with the Kripa Family and Fr. Joe's Family started with a bhajjan prayer led by Fr. Seraphinus  Ekka and some patients of Kripa Vasai, It was a pleasure to watch Fr. Joe cut yet another  birthday cake along with his immediate family members.

The VRACS Advisory board greeted Fr. Joe with flowers and well wishes. In his address to the gathering Fr. Joe shared the fond memories of his Mother and family in this place which they had gifted for Gods work and how the work of Kripa has grown all over world.

The program ended with the guest being treated to a well spread lunch buffet catered by Lester, Rouington,  Sterling, the chefs of Kripa Vasai under the guidance of Bosco. Mrs. Jean Pereira along with the staff of Kripa Vasai who played perfect host to the guest on the occasion.

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First pictures of Fr. Joe @ The Intense Kripafoundation Iyengar yoga® at Seminarhose - Bergelingen, Germany





Today, after an Intense 4 hours intense yoga session, Fr. Joe spent some time having brunch along with Gunther & Waltrud along with  yoga participants doing  Intense Kripafoundation Iyengar yoga® at Seminarhose - Bergelingen, Germany.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Read Fr. Joe's homily @ The Basilica of Mount Mary, Bandra at the ongoing Novena'





Fr.Joe's Sermon at The Basilica of Mount Mary, Bandra, Mumbai, India.

Beloved brothers and sisters, in our lord Jesus Christ. The theme today, is the very characteristic of being a Christian. Each one of us always signs ourselves, reminding ourselves, that the cross, is a must for all Christians. We cannot escape it, and sometimes we have this cross, scripted in our entire life’s journey. And so Mary also when she came to offer Jesus, Simone gives her this script, that she will be a Mother of sorrows. On my ordination day, as my Mother was overwhelmed, she whispered to me “ Sonna boy from the time you were born, I have developed this Bronchial Asthma. And I always knew that God was giving this son to me, who would do, who would have a very special vocation.” Four years in the priesthood, mom succumbed to that cardiac asthma. Everyone of us, from that very birth, has some kind of note, that we will be fulfilling, the essential characteristic of a Christian. The Cross. “If you wish to be my disciple, learn to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me. Alas satan is coming along with a different kind of script, and using renewal programs like born again, fundamentalist, proclaiming a gospel that is called feel nice Christianityfeel nice Christianity. You come to us you will always feel nice, and the other one is more dangerous it’s called the prosperity gospel. You come to us and you have everything that you need, money, bungalows whatever you want. Satan is trying to destroy the church, by a contrary message that it will always be smacking of running away from the cross. Let’s ask the lord to save us from this. But there is another aspect of this message today, and that is what St. Paul struggled with, he was embarrassed, but he was given what he called a thorn in the flesh. Many of us specially working in the field of addiction, see people embarrassed about being an alcoholic, chemically dependent, sex addict, something that they  cannot really overcome, And they are afraid to admit it. St. Paul cried, to take this away, and God said, “No it’s ok, for when you are weak, you are strong for virtue is made strong in weakness.” And the punch line is…” My Grace is enough for you.” So God, really doesn’t need our strength, he does excellently if we acknowledge that we are human, and I may be human in a particular way, that I may be human in a particular way, by my weakness, my sickness, whatever it is, but I can make of that something beautiful for God. And finally, Mary stood by the Cross. In the final analysis, it is not whether our life becomes a success or a real failure, what matters in the word of Blessed Mother Teresa is “That we are faithful..We are faithful to the end.” Let us pray to Our Mother that all of us will get this Grace to be faithful, and when we receive the Eucharist, we receive that same power, which Mary from the time of conceiving Jesus till she stood by the cross, stood she, experience this power, all through because without Gods Grace we can do nothing. Amen.

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