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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.

Solemn Celebrations to Mark 50th Death Anniversary of Mgr Mascarenhas

Mangalore, Dec 13, 2010: The Bethany Sisters of the city headed by Sr Wilberta and assisted by the Postulator Sr Lillis in conjunction with the bishop Rt Aloysius P D’Souza on Thursday December 16 will honour Mgr Raymond F C Mascarenhas, a saintly priest of the diocese, the first Mangalore Konkani Catholic to enter the portals of potential ’Sainthood’ in the Roman Catholic Church. The process to be declared a saint by the Pope in Vatican is a strict and elaborate process which could take decades.



Mgr Raymond died at Bendur on December 23, 1960. On December 16, a solemn and devout celebration will be held at Bendur to observe the 50th death anniversary of the saintly priest who is the ’founder’ of the ’Bethany Sisters.’ The Bethany Sisters, whose headquarters is at Bendur, are the only indigenous order of nuns in Kanara. Mgr R F C Mascarenhas was the first parish priest of Bendur known to have raised it from scratch in 17 years from 1914 to 1931.

An unprecedented presence of bishops is expected for the observance of 50th death anniversary of ’Servant of God’ R F C Mascarenhas on the evening of December 16. The Archbishop of Bangalore, Bishop of Mangalore along with the Bishops of Shimoga, Gulbarga, Kannur, Belgaum, Belthangady and Bellary will take part. Apart from the public there will be many priests, nuns, religious and a number of relatives of Mgr Mascarenhas.

The solemn celebrations will include:a Concelebrated Eucharistic Mass , followed by an exclusive programme to mark the singular occasion of holy celebrations for the Konkani Christians of Kanara. Books are to be released on this great personality in Kannada, English and German. Several special projects will be inaugurated as well throughout India, which will be spearheaded by the Bethany Congregation.

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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I have fond memories of the Bethany Convent Chapel at Bendore because

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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