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Servant of God Mgr Raymond Francis Camillus Mascarenhas, the former Vicar General of the Diocese of Mangalore and the Founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany was a holy priest of the Diocese of Mangalore. His memory is fresh in us, though he went to his eternal abode in the year 1960. He is remembered for his pastoral zeal and commitment.
Mgr Mascarenhas was a renowned educationist of his time and visualized education as a means to give life and transform the ignorant, especially the poor and the girls.
Opening of the Diocesan Board of Enquiry
Beginning of the Process of Canonization:
Ever since the death of the Servant of God Raymond Mascarenhas on 23 December 1960, the members of the Congregation and the people began to experience the power of his intercession. On 16 July 1996, on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee of the Congregation, the Founderís cottage was set up as Mgr Raymond Memorial and was inaugurated and blessed by His Eminence Simon Cardinal Lourdusamy. Gradually this cottage has turned out to be a place of prayer and pilgrimage.
The delegates of the Thirteenth General Chapter who met at Bethany Convent, Mangalore in 1998 deliberated to request the Bishop of the Diocese of Mangalore to initiate the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Founder, Mgr Raymond FC Mascarenhas. Communicating the desire of the delegates of the Chapter to the Bishop, Sr Jyoti, BS, the Superior General set up a preparatory committee in 2001 under the leadership of Sr Lillis, BS and Sr Benedict BS to reset the documents in the archives of Bethany Generalate and to set up a Spiritual and Cultural Centre. Subsequently with the approval of the Bishop, Sr Jyoti appointed Sr Lillis as the postulator for the Cause of the Beatification and Canonization of Mgr Raymond FC Mascarenhas. Sr Miriam was appointed as the Vice Postulator. Having followed the norms laid down by the Church for the Cause, the Bishop of Mangalore Most Rev Aloysius Paul DíSouza, announced through a pastoral letter to the clergy and the faithful of the Diocese of Mangalore on 3 June 2008 that Mgr Raymond Francis Camillus Mascarenhas as the Servant of God. The same was proclaimed during the Eucharistic celebration on 16 June, 2008.
At the outset the Bishop of Mangalore, Most Rev Aloysius Paul Dí Souza set up a Theological Commission. Thereafter on 17 August 2008, he opened the Diocesan Board of Inquiry for the Cause of the Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God. Rev Fr Henry Sequeira was appointed the Episcopal Delegate, Fr John Mendonca, the Promotor of Justice and Fr Maxim Rosario, the Notary. Fr John Baptist Saldanha,
Fr Vincent Pinto, SJ and Sr Mariette, BS were appointed as the members of the Historical Commission. In 2010 Fr Peter Mascarenhas was appointed as a member of this commission.
Sr Wilberta, the newly elected Superior General of the Congregation in February 2010, pursues the Cause zealously for the glory of God and the good of the Church.
May the Lord grant to His servant, the honours of the altar for the greater glory of God and for the spread of His Kingdom.1.Most Rev Aloysius Paul D’Souza Presides over the Eucharistic Sacrifice.
2. The Concelebrants
3. Bishop Most Rev Aloysius Paul D'Souza taking oath
4. Postulator Sr Lillis hands over to the Bishop the list of witnesses.
5. Fr Henry Sequeira, the Episcopal Delegate pronounces oath
6. Fr John Mendonca, the Promotor of Justice pronounces oath
7. Sr Lillis the Postulator pronounces oath
8. Sr Miriam, the Vice- Postulator pronounces oath
9. Fr Maxim Rosario, the notary takes oath
10. Fr Maxim Noronha , Vice Chancellor takes oath
11. Sr Hilarity takes oath
12. Sr Jyoti the then Superior General and the petitioner speaks
13. Fr George Nedungatt SJ, the consultant for the Cause speaks
14. Sr Wilberta, the then Assistant Superior General speaks
15. Various officials with the Bishop
16. The Audience