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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.

A Saint in the Making Acclaimed

 1 November 2012


A new book on Servant of God RFC Mascarenhas, written by Mr James D`Souza was released at a simple yet meaningful ceremony at Bethany Provincial House, Kachakanahalli, Bangalore Friday November 1, the Feast  of All Saints. The book titled “If Only I Knew…” was released by Mgr S Jayanathan, Vicar General  of the  Archdiocese of Bangalore in the presence of Rev Sr Lillis BS, Assistant Superior General, the author Mr James D`Souza and his family, Religious Sisters, members of  Bethany Lay Association  and a good number of well wishers. Speaking on the occasion Mgr S Jayanathan explained what it means to be a saint. Taking the word SAINT as an acronym, he said that to be a saint one has to be sanctified, accept God`s will, intercede (pray), negate oneself and trust in God. “True witnessing means to proclaim what one has seen, heard and touched; and that`s just what Mr James has done,” he summarized. 


Sr Lillis BS introduced Mr James D`Souza as a great thinker, a friend to Bishops, Priests and Religious, a true son of the Church. Raised in a house close to the Bethany Motherhouse in Bendur, Mangalore. Mr James had known the Servant of God closely from his boyhood and while working in a bank at Mangalore for over a decade.  A sworn admirer of RFC, his book is a compendium of several articles he wrote on various occasions, based on his personal experience or from what he has heard from his grandfather, the late Domingo Rosario D`Souza, a contemporary of the Servant of God.



Honouring the author with a shawl and a basket of fruits, Sr Lillis appreciated his love for Servant of God RFC Mascarenhas, founder of Bethany and for his single-minded commitment to make him known and loved. She also thanked his family for their wholehearted support. She pointed out that it was fitting that a book on the Servant of God be released on the Feast of All Saints.

It was an emotional but satisfied Mr James who kept the gathering spell bound with his narration of what he had seen, heard and experienced about Mgr RFC Mascarenhas from the age of five till today. He made no bones about his love and admiration for the person of Mgr RFC , and expressed regret that during the more than half a century he had known and met the Servant of God, he never gave it a thought that he was in the company of a future saint. “This book is my instrument to immortalize him,” he emphasized. Ms Alison, a granddaughter of Mr James paid rich compliments to her famous grand dad on behalf ofthe entire family.

Rev Sr Wilberta BS, Superior General of Bethany, and Rev Sr Lilitta BS, Provincial Superior of Bethany`s Bangalore Province could not make it to the historic occasion as their train was held up. However, they reached in time to meet and congratulate the author Mr  James D`Souza.


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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