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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.

Message by Fr Joseph

We are all at Christmas season. It is a season which speaks of giving and of sharing. The highest form of giving is seen at the manger. Here we perceive that “God so loved the world that He gave his only Son”. God’s superb gift to the humanity is His only Son; the most precious wealth God possessed was His Son and that He gives to humanity. This “giving” continues in the person of Jesus. His whole life was giving, giving of everything, including his entire life. Thus giving constitutes the very identity of a Christian and much more that of a disciple.

         Mgr Raymond Mascarenhas understood this message of the Gospel so well that he interpreted his life as nothing but a life for others. He began to give everything God had bestowed on him. He was a man with gifts and talents. Right from the time of his Seminary training at St Joseph’s, he shared all that he had. Selfishness was never found in his life dictionary. He trained himself in such a way that the Seminary formation was a serious moment of configuration unto the image of Christ. Everything in the Seminary formation: prayer, work, games, studies, recreations, etc were moments to fathom the love of God and to enrich oneself and fashion unto the image of Christ. Every activity in the Seminary, even the simplest, was valued by him as precious.

          As priest, Mgr Raymond was a figure of generosity and love. His priestly ministry shows that he gave himself. Wherever there was something to be done to the Lord, he never hesitated for a moment. He never sought anything for himself. He never counted the cost.

          His life was simple. He loved the ordinary folk. He was ready to serve thecommon and simple people. When sent to the villages, he was the happiest man; for there he found the blessed, the poor and the meek. It seems in Africasomeone had learned the beatitudes by heart. A missionary asked him how he could do that. The answer was simple, he said: “Father, I tried to live every beatitude and thus made it my own”. Msgr Raymond’s life and ministry was a radiance of the beatitudes. He lived them. He went about proclaiming them in his words but much more in his deeds. Today we raise our hearts and minds to God for the gift of this holy person to the Universal Church and to the Church in Mangalore in particular. Our humble prayer today is that he may join the list of the scores of saints who have borne witness to the beatitudes.

 Rev Fr Joseph Martis


Rev Fr Joseph Martis, Jeppu

Favours Received

“Glory to the Ever-loving God”

 “Glory to the Ever-loving God”

Compassionate Lord,

            We thank you Lord for granting us the gift of Fr. Raymond Francis Camillus Mascarenhas (loved humanity and devoted to God) from the bottom of our hearts. I am grateful to you for choosing me to work as a teacher in the School which was started by him. I am ever grateful for the intercession of the Servant of God Mgr RFC Mascarenhas for helping my son to complete his education and to get a good job.

By Liny Davis, St. Michael’s School,Westhill

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By Max Rasquinha,, Mangalore - Houston/Dallas, Texas, U.S.A

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By Bethany

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Drawings & Paintings


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Reminiscing in Tranquility
Sr Violette`s Memories of Mgr Raymond FC Mascarenhas
   Compiled and Edited by:
Sr Mary Naulak BS

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