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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.

52nd Death Anniversary of Servant of God Raymon


A memorial Mass for the founding Parish Priest of Bendur Parish, Mgr Raymond Francis Camillus Mascarenhas (RFC) was held at St Sebastian Church Bendur December 22, Saturday at 9. 00 am, to mark his 52nd death anniversary which falls on December 23rd Sunday. Mgr Dennis Moras Prabhu, Vicar General of Mangalore Diocese was the main celebration. Fr John Baptist Saldanha, Fr Peter Mascarenhas, Fr Francis D`Souza SJ, Fr Naveen Pinto, Fr John Baptist Moras and Fr Paul Crasta concelebrated the Mass which was well attended by students and teachers, members of Bethany Lay Association, parishioners and Religious Sisters. 



In his homily Mgr Dennis underscored the matchless contributions of Mgr RFC Mascarenhas, Founder of Bethany Sisters and the first Servant of God from Mangalore diocese. Born into a God-fearing educated family, he knew the value of education. But the majority poor especially the girls of his time didn`t have chance for education. He started Bethany Congregation to meet this need. A man of prayer, he reflected over everything like Mother Mary and always prayed for God`s light. “Raymond is God`s gift to Mangalore,” Mgr Dennis said. He also highlighted Fr Raymond`s proverbial love for the Blessed sacrament, Mother Mary, and the Word of God. Fr Raymond had built the St Sebastian Church with much difficulty, and had served as its vicar for 17 years from the time of its establishment until his appointment as Vicar General of the diocese in 1931.



Fr Antony Serrao, Parish Priest of Bendur placed a wreath on the tomb of Fr RFC which lies below the communion railings and Rev Sr Wilberta BS Superior General of Bethany placed a bouquet of flowers. Rev Sr Lillis BS, Assistant Superior General, Rev Sr Marriette BS, Provincial of Mangalore Province and representatives from Bendur Parish, Bethany Lay Association, teachers, students, superiors and various communities also offered floral tribute. 


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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