Saturday, December 19, 2015

Fr. Joe's Christmas Greetings to You ..In latest Kripa Newsletter

Cynthia White
Jimi  Amore


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fr. Joe conducts an awareness program on addiction to students of Mainadevi Bajaj International School, Mumbai

Mainadevi Bajaj International School aims to provide high quality,balanced educational programs to their students, which allows them not only to develop their knowledge and skills, but also develop strong moral values, especially appreciation and respect for different cultures. including psychology focuses on developing an overall personality, by teaching various aspects and levels of human psychology .
As part of their curriculum the students learn and understand the meaning and different aspects of addiction and rehabilitation to which a field visit to Kripa Foundation was organised today.
The students were very fortunate as Fr. Joe H. Pereira, Founder Managing Trustee of Kripa Foundation took time of from his occupied schedule and took personal interest in talking to the students. Fr. Joe explained to them the disease concept, the use of Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ in the Kripa Model of treatment and the Holistic approach to treating addiction. The students also had the opportunity to listen to two sharing by patients in treatment. The awareness program ended with a question and answer session.
Immediately after the program Fr. Joe rushed off to St. Pius Seminary, Goregaon, Mumbai to address the Nurses Guild conference which is in progress.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

All our Welcomed Says Fr. Joe from Montreal

Kripa Pune was privileged to have Iyengar students visiting the centre to be with the Kripa family. Last week a suprise visit by Luciana Brando from Brazil was an emotional meeting as she met Our National Program Director Bosco DSouza after 14 years. Luciana's last visit to Kripa was in Vasai 14 years back. She was happy  to see the way Kripa has expanded and quoted " It is a joy to see the marvelous work Fr. Joe is doing for addicts and HIV care."

This week we have Luisa and Ekta students of Iyengar yoga come to be volunteers to practice yoga with the patients of Kripa Pune . They would be practicing twice a week for the next few months. As one of the patient said " Wow ! please tell Fr. Joe a big THANK YOU for sending such lovely people to be with us. I was there for two hours practicing and now I'm enjoying Yoga" - (Sheetal-named changed, is a young girl of 16 a drug addict.)

I Prayed for each of You at St. Bro Andre Relic in Montreal

André Bessette, C.S.C. (9 August 1845 – 6 January 1937), more commonly known as Brother André (FrenchFrère André), and since his canonization as St. André of Montreal, was a lay brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross and a significant figure of the Roman Catholic Church among French-Canadians, credited with thousands of reported miraculous healings He was declared venerable in 1978 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1982. Pope Benedict XVI approved the decree of sainthood for Blessed André on February 19, 2010, with the formal canonization taking place on October 17, 2010.

Bessette died in 1937, at the age of 91. A million people filed past his coffin.[9]
The remains of Bessette lie in the church he helped build. His body lies in a tomb built below the Oratory's Main Chapel, except for his heart, which is preserved in a reliquary in the same Oratory. The heart was stolen in March 1973, but was recovered in December 1974 with the help of famous criminal attorney Frank Shoofey .
Brother André was beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 23, 1982. The miracle cited in support of his beatification was the healing in 1958 of Giuseppe Carlo Audino, who suffered from cancer. St. Andre is commemorated in most of the world by an optional memorial on January 6. His memorial is celebrated in Canada on January 7.
On December 19, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI promulgated a decree recognizing a second miracle at Blessed André's intercession,[14] and on October 17, 2010, formally declared sainthood for him.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fr. Joe inaugurates The Centre of Santosh Yoga & Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™, (Kripa US),Milwaukee

At a well attended ceremony Fr. Joe flew into Milwaukee for a few hours to inaugurate the New centre of Santosh Yoga and  Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™, Kripa US Milwaukee along with it's Director Bryant Mascarenhas. Bryant is an long time student of 30 yeas with Fr.Joe since his late teens growing up in India.

 Bryant had invited a panel of VIP doctors and healer collaborating with Kripa US to expand the healing vision of Fr.Joe and Bryant's collaborative efforts,namely In attendance were: Tula Wellness Founder - Dr. Ashok Bedi, Integrative Medicine M.D., Dr.Rose Kumar - Ommani Centre for integrative medicine, Aurora Hospital  Dewey Centre- Addictions Psychiatrist and Department Head: Dr. Longo, Auyurvedic Centre - Santhigram - Dr.Tummala Medical Director of Jane P. Pain Clinic , Childrens hospital of Wisconsin,Ms. Cynthia Flynn - LIfe Coach,Ms. Kathy Vassallo - Master of Reiki, Ms. Jen Ellis - Life Coach and Spirit Guide.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fr. Joe lead us on.......Kripa Celebrating its 34th Anniversary themed A BLEND OF MIND BODY AND SOUL"

Kripa Foundations 34th anniversary celebration  commenced with a thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration by Founder Managing Trustee Fr. Joe H Pereira along with representatives of Kripa Family and Friends, at a scheduled Mass along with parishioners of Mount Carmel Church, Bandra. Fr. Joe in his homily spoke of the work that Kripa does and blended his thoughts with the New Adam - Christ as the Savior from the evil Spirit ( alcohol)Spiritus Contra Spiritum with Mary our Mother to guide us. Fr. Joe's homily was well presented with the help of a power point presentation,  supported by the  choir led by Francis Fernandes.

This is a  red letter day on the Kripa Foundation calendar. It marks the birth anniversary of Kripa Foundation, founded by Founder Managing Trustee Rev. Fr. Joe H. Pereira way back in 1981 which today is having 76 varied facilities in 14 States and various collaborations World wide.
This year the institution celebrated 34 years of service to the marginalized and people afflicted and affected by chemical dependency and HIV / AIDS. 

A musical concert was organized and staged at St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra, later in evening. This year Fr. Joe selected Principals of schools and colleges as the guest of honors, as they have contributed immensely in reaching out to those youth of our country, who are unknowingly being trapped in the clutches of addition 

Many famous artists and singers came together to make the evening a truly memorable and exciting one.Rev. Fr. Joe also contributed to the event by singing the Hymn " Shepherd of my soul". The added attraction this year was the Yoga ballet put up by Mimi Batliwala's Institute with girls from D.M. Girls Orphanage Trust & WECAN ( Women's Empowerment Centre & Network).

The guest of Honors were felicitated with the traditional shawl and gift. It was a pleasure to see Mr & Mrs. Julio Riberio, Mrs. Joy Pereira & Family, Mr. Ashish Shelar, Priest and religious, corporators and distinguished personalities and all who loving support the work of Kripa.
At the interval the Guest of Fr. Joe's was treated to a well spread table of snacks namely done by our Kripa Chefs Lester and Sterling supported by Chandu.

Kudos to the organization committee who did a remarkable contribution in making the event a grand success  led by Fr. Joe along with Mr. Linus Pinto, Christabelle Baptista, Sushila kapadia, Millie Castelino, Cynthia White,Constance Amara, laura Rodrigues, Vernon Alvares, Mervyn Rocha, Myra Pereira, Santosh Sadan and Bosco D'Souza.Acknowleges to Ashutosh Mandelia of Rachna Images for the Printing of souvenir well co-ordinated by Xavier Baretto and Stephen Monterio.The backdrop video clips of each singer and designing of the broucher cover by by Bosco D'Souza with guidance and support from Cynthia White.

The clockwork precision in which the entire evening unfolded is a direct result of efforts that Mr. Felix Flor and his team of musicians and dancers, supported by Stage Manager  Mr.Vernon Alvares. and well compered by Mr. Brian Tellis.
The program ended with the singing of Vande Mataram with an applause to all artist that had been called on the stage.
As the guest left the auditorium one could hear feedback's like " Wow what a fantastic program", "Fr. Joe should have at least two such programs a year", "Just waiting for next year", " What talent", " Remarkable work kripa does'

Hearing such comments and looking at the house full auditorium  fills our hearts at Kripa Worldwide that " Together we can make a difference and this world will be a better place to live in'.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Fr. Joe felicitated on Guru Purnima Day

Guru Purnima (Sanskrit: गुरु पूर्णिमा) is a festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers. This festival is traditionally celebrated to pay their respects to their teachers and express their gratitude. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day (Purnima) in the month of Ashadha (June–July).
The celebration is marked by ritualistic respect to thguruGuru Puja. The Guru Principle is said to be a thousand times more active on the day of Guru purnima than on any other day. The word guru is derived from two words, guand ru. The Sanskrit root gu means darkness or ignorance, and ru denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore, a guru is one who removes the darkness of our ignorance. Gurus are believed by many to be the most necessary part of life. On this day, disciples offer puja (worship) or pay respect to their guru
This year at Kripa Foundation, Kripa vasai had the opportunity to pay their respects to Fr. Joe on behalf of the entire kripa Family Globally. 
On 31st  July 2015, Kripa Vasai commemorated Guru Purnima to Rev. Fr. Joe at the centre itself, amidst a gathering of patients and staff.
Fr. Joe was welcomed by the traditional "Aarti", followed by a presentation of a card signed by the kripa Family of clients and staff , followed by presenting a shawl by one of the senior recoveries Rocky D.  Mr. Amit Patel of VRACS took an oath along with the entire community promising to make an attempt to walk in the pathway of Fr. Joe and his teachings.

Fr, Joe in the keynote address spoke so powerfully touching each one enlightening them on his work and what he expects of them to work in the field of Addiction and HIV care summarizing his speech that although he was a Guru to many worldwide he said with all humility  that his supreme Yogi was Lord Jesus.

Indeed a Real Guru.

The program was well organised under the leadership of Ms. Jean Pereira, Mousin, Vijay and the Kripa Staff and a grand success.

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Article of Fr. Joe in O Heraldo - Goa " Maintaining the inner equilibrium"



Maintaining the inner equilibrium

Padmashree awardee Fr Joe and Iyengar Yoga Expert Dr Radha Gopalan reiterate their commitment to helping people in Goa maintain their inner equilibrium as they conducted a workshop on the first anniversary of the Kripa Foundation Yoga Centre

By  | 30 Jul, 2015, 12:23AM IST

Employing the principles of minding the body to mind the mind through the teachings of B K S Iyengar, Padmashree awardee Fr Joe Pereira has been helping people tap and maintain their inner equilibrium, by using the wisdom of the body to bring about a life-altering and healthy way of life. “Iyengar Yoga has become a way of life,” he states.
Heartened by the fact that droves of people from various walks of life have been attending the yoga courses at the Kripa Foundation Yoga Centre in Panjim since its commencement last year, Fr Pereira avers that the anniversary is the perfect occasion to demonstrate the principles and benefits of Iyengar Yoga once again. “People with various major ailments from cardiac to Parkinson’s, back problems and dysfunctional knees have been attending. But make no mistake, just the mere process of learning yoga and practising it for a while isn’t enough; knowing and practising the right poses is important and adherence is the key to achieving results,” he cautions, speaking with an experience culled from 48 years in the line. Keeping in mind the theme of ‘learning to love your body back to life’, Fr Joe has been whetting the appetite of people for authentic practice of yoga to address any health problem.
Demonstrating the sirsasana and virasana poses, Fr Joe points out that people hardly believed that these rare posses could reverse one’s heart condition. Yet it has been achieved. “There are some asanas and propos that are specific to Iygengar Yoga which has helped to cure an amazing array of major illnesses. This is Guruji’s (BKS Iygengar) compassion. I have even seen a person in a cancer hospice benefit from Iyengar Yoga. Guruji has devised a pathway to a dimension within the inner wheel of life which western medicine is trying to cure externally,” he maintains.
 His greatest achievement yet, for which he was awarded the Padmashree, is the integration of Iygengar Yoga into the Alcoholic Anonymous Self-help programme, particularly the 11th step.”I have been teaching people how to use the body for meditation. No medicine is authentic until it brings the body in a hyperbolic state of inner equilibrium. In 34 years of working, I have seen significant reversals,” he shares.

Article by 
Patricia Alvares
O Heraldo