Sunday, December 9, 2018

Fr. Joe acknowledged in...Ex- drug addict from Kandivli inspires others with string of triathlon medals- Times of India by Sharmila Ganesan Ram

There is a Japanese geisha on his right forearm, what looks like a Greek arm band on his left upper arm, an alien on his left leg and something he regrets even more on his spine. “Don’t ask,” says 25-year-old Neil D’Silva about the four mindless tattoos that seem to have materialized on his athletic body when it used to be frail. Etched during a blurry four years full of rave parties, white powders, needles and desperate trips to Goa, the permanent tattoos remind this cheery Kandivli man about the time he became, in his own words, “a disgrace” to his unsuspecting parents. “I’m going to have the tattoos erased as soon as I start earning. Not on my parent’s money,” says D'Silva, clearly regretful of the debt he has piled up during his journey from former drug addict to obsessive triathlon addict whose slew of Ironman medals now not only inspires his social media followers but also school kids who sometimes ask him all the wrong details. 

Right now, D’Silva is telling us his story with his legs wrapped inside a black contraption that hisses from time to time as it cools his muscles. He is seated on the bed in his room that could pass for a fitness studio. It packs a sponsored treadmill, two bicycles that cost a few fixed deposits, a smart trainer that simulates (or as D’Silva says “stimulates”) various cycling terrains virtually and three frames on his bedside wall--a gift from his best friend--that each show an animated man swimming, cycling and running: the three components of a triathlon. Every now and then, the door to D’Silva’s room opens and in comes either his father with fresh pineapple juice or his mother with a plateful of boiled sweet potatoes for the obsessive inhouse athlete who has completed four overseas Half Ironman events so far. His most recent medal came this October from Ironman 70.3 in Turkey which he finished in good time for someone who started training two years ago: four hours and 39 minutes.

Lean and tall, the 25-year-old seems to bear no resemblance to the chubby boy who smiles from a picture taken during his teens. That boy had deflated very quickly after finishing twelfth grade when, as a commerce student, D’Silva found himself in the company of a bunch of older boys who experimented with cocaine and other mind-altering drugs. D’Silva--whose Facebook post describes his life as “fun, even heady” recalls: “I wasted four years of my life.” He can’t forget the morning he stumbled back home after one of his many desperate trips to Goa as a broke teenager. That’s when his father, Nixon, smelt the addict in him. Till then, “we were too innocent to even suspect him of being an addict,” says his mother Leena, a banker and cancer survivor who described the knowledge of her son’s addiction as “more shocking and heartbreaking” than the time she was diagnosed with the terminal disease. My husband was my pillar. He said he had full faith that our boy would mend his ways,” she says about Nixon who immediately dragged his son to Fr Joe Pereira of Kripa Foundation, the rehab centre in which D’Silva spent two months.

Clarity arrived on March 6, 2015, right in the middle of a rave party in a friend’s house. “That’s when I realised I was losing the plot again and decided to quit overnight,” says D’Silva, a gym rat who took to his passion for running with a vengeance after that epiphany. Soon, another overnight decision saw D’Silva giving up cigarettes too after a family friend, Godfrey DeBritto, told him casually that his pace would improve if he gave up smoking. “I used to smoke a packet and a half a day,” says D’Silva, who saw his running time improve by 30 minutes in the span of two years. Now addicted to the runners’ high, he participated in various half marathons. Ironman--a triathlon whose social media buzz began to infect India two years ago--then gave D’Silva a goal and soon, he was making trips to public and private swimming pools near Kandivli.

Keen to fuel the expensive dream of their son,the senior D’Silva's burnt their fixed deposits into equipment. In return, D’Silva would wake up at 5 am daily to run and even go on weekly cycling trips to Lonavla under the careful watch of his friends Aditya or Neeraj. He now plans to prepare young athletes for Asian Games of 2022.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fr. Joe - Healing Mind and Body -An article in the Newspaper "THE STANDARD"-Warmambool

Father Joe Pereira was a guest speaker at Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre annual general meeting on Tuesday evening.
WRAD also unveiled its 2017-18 annual report, which shows alcohol remains the most problematic drug in the region, followed by methamphetamine-like substances and cannabis. 
The report shows there has been an increase in the number of clients aged 45 and over presenting for treatment, as well as a rise in the number of self-referrals.
Males made up 58 per cent of those seeking treatment. 
Father Pereira founded the Kripa Foundation, which had humble beginnings in a church compound in India.
At that time there was three patients in residence, a priest, a doctor and a recovering alcoholic as a role model for recovery and sobriety.
Since then the charitable trust has spread all over India with 69 varied facilities addressing addiction.
Father Pereira says the traditional 12-step program as used by Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous combined with Iyengar yoga and meditation practise offers a holistic approach to recovery.
He studied directly under the founder of Iyengar yoga, BKS Iyengar, for 46 years. 
He is now considered one of the world’s leading instructors and on Tuesday morning he took a class at Warrnambool’s Iyengar studio with Karen Wilde. 
“The 12 step program is the backbone of recovery,” he said. 
“When you listen to your body you begin to realise the truth about your self.
“When you bring people together and address the body through yoga – the body has its own wisdom – it gives us an opportunity to address disorder.
“Iyengar is bringing about a triple effect for change – body, breath and trans personal.“Yoga and meditation can transform a person. It’s a blend of body, mind and soul. It’s a celebration of life.” 
At the Kripa Foundation patients stay for an intense three month treatment to complete a lifestyle change.

Thank You Fr. Joe- An Appreciation letter from Mr. Geoff Soma, Western Region Alcohol & Drug INC., Warmambool

Report -Courtesy:
Karen Wilde

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Fr. Cajetan Speaks at the FABC Conference on " Accompaniment of Families in Asia - Pattaya, Thailand


Monday, November 19, 2018

Milwaukee - THE ORIGINAL TEACHINGS OF B.K.S. IYENGAR IN HIS CENTENARY YEAR - YOGA WORKSHOP by Rev. Joseph H Pereira with Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ ,

Dear Kripa Family & Well Wishers,

We all would like to thank you very much for your interest, contributions and joining with us during the “ORIGINAL TEACHINGS OF B.K.S. IYENGAR IN HIS CENTENARY YEAR - YOGA WORKSHOP by Rev. Joseph H Pereira - Kripa Foundation Iyengar Yoga”. Please find the attached pictures of the events for your archives… 

We are very proud that “THE CIRCLE” movie won another important award in NEW DELHI Film festival while we were watching the movie during the event… We congratulate Ms. Philippa Frisby:)  

We are thankful to Dr. Ashok Bedi for attending the Book Launching talk with Fr.Joe and supporting Kripa Foundation.

We are grateful to Fr. Joe for inauguration of CIRCLE CENTER YOGA while he was in Milwaukee:)) You may find some pictures of this event in the attached files… 

I would like to thank personally to you for attending my “JOURNEY OF SPIRIT” photographic exhibition during the event… Couple of pictures sold during the event and some of you asked to see the link and decide on which picture to buy with their loved ones… Then I decided to share the information for the exhibition picture selling information.
 The pictures are in further sale for the fundraising to Kripa Foundation to help the Dharavi Slum Kripa Shelter. The shelter has a space issue at the moment. We would like to raise more funding to support them.. 

Please see the public link prepared by Andy Sharlein, Allied Digital Photo, who prints the pictures on Aluminum plates for my “JOURNEY of SPIRIT” exhibition pictures … 
  • You may order the pictures as a XMAS GIFT (with a tax free donation receipt), or for Birthday / Anniversary / any other occasions gifts to your loved ones.. 
  • The picture order sizes, prices and which serial numbers are available to buy information are listed in the attached PRICE LIST file… 
  • You may order smaller size of the pictures than the original sizes were presented during the exhibition… The prices of different sizes are in the attached list
  • All the prints will be on HIGH DEFINITION ALUMINUM PLATE… 
  • You will receive a certificate of ownership for each picture which will be serialized (maximum 20 each can be sold for each picture). 
  • The printing and shipping process may take 2-3 weeks, so please keep this information into consideration while ordering… 
  • You may call my cell phone number anytime… The contact information is given below. 
  • You may forward this email to your loved ones who may be interested to help the kids… 
  • Please fill the attached form to order the pictures along with a check payable to “whole life is healing” for the tax free donation receipts and the funds will be transferred to Kripa Foundation - India. 
The Best 2018 XMAS gift is to give love and shelter to the innocent children of Dharavi Slums in Mumbai…. A big Thank  You to Fr. Joe and KRIPA Foundation for saving them… 

Many thanks to all Donors and Sponsors again…  

Happy Thanksgiving… 



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