Mangaluru: Bethany Sisters’ congregation steps into 100th year of existence

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Mangaluru, Jul 11: It was a day of counting God’s manifold blessings and recalling His accompaniment in the birth, growth and arduous journey of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany, Mangaluru, as the congregation stepped into its 100th year of its existence on Saturday July 11. The Bethany Sisters with gratefulness take stock of their hundred years’ long journey and look forward to the future with renewed hope and joy to serve humanity more ardently bringing fullness of life to all especially the suffering humanity.

The Congregation of the Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany was founded in July, 1921 by Msgr Raymond Francis Camillus Mascarenhas, the then parish priest of St Sebastian Church, Bendore, in response to the signs of the time. This Indian diocesan priest who founded the indigenous congregation was a far-sighted visionary and missionary.

The four pioneers namely Mother Martha, Sr Clare, Sr Lourdes and Sr Gertrude were a great support to our Founder to make his dream come true. The infant congregation soon grew into a mighty tree and the membership for Bethany increased. As the number of members increased the Founder ventured into the areas outside Mangaluru and eventually the Sisters reached to all the regions of India and steadily moved to countries outside India to serve humanity across the globe. At present, the Congregation is blessed with 1,388 members and 187 convents and has extended its branches to 61 dioceses in 9 countries proclaiming God’s love.

To mark the opening of the centenary year, a thanksgiving Eucharist was officiated in the Main Chapel of Bethany Mother House by Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, bishop of Mangalore diocese, concelebrated by Fr Vincent Monteiro, the parish priest, Bendur and Fr Dionysius Vaz SJ, rector of St Aloysius Institutions.

Sr Rose Celine BS, the superior general, carried a lighted candle symbolizing 100 years of life and mission of Bethany and a hundred lamps by five Sisters to the Altar of God. Sr Lillis, the asst superior general gave a meaningful introduction to the occasion. The Bishop in his homily mentioned the holy life led by Msgr RFC Mascarenhas, the founder of Bethany Congregation and the Bethany Educational Society who being a diocesan priest, founded the Congregation to respond to the needs of the times to educate the rural poor and empower women.

After the Holy Eucharist, Sr Rose Celine BS the superior general declared the centenary year open and launched the centenary logo in the presence of Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, the bishop of Mangalore diocese, Fr Vincent Monteiro, Fr Dionysius Vaz SJ, Sr Lillis BS, Sr Shanthi Priya BS, Sr Mariette BS and Sr Lillita BS the general councillors, Sr Jyoti the former superior general, Sr Cicillia BS, the provincial of Mangalore province, Sr Cleopha BS, the administrator and a few selected representatives representing all the provinces of Bethany Congregation. The centenary logo was well explained by Sr Philomene Saldanha BS and Sr Reena Juliet. After the unveiling of the Logo, the choir presented a melodious centenary symphony. In view of the centenary, Bethany has launched housing project to provide deserving families, Sr Christine BS, the procurator general handed over the key to one of the families to mark the special project of the centenary.

Dr Peter Paul Saldanha wished the Bethany sisters on this great occasion and recognized the contribution of Bethany to the society and the Church as its effective apostolic arm. Sr Mariette BS, the general councillor proposed the vote of thanks and Sr Lourdes compered the programme.





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  • Sister Rose Agnes A.C, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 11 2020

    Dear Sister Rose Celine and the sisters,
    Rejoicing with you as you step into the Centenary year. Congratulations!
    Sr. Rose Agnes A.C.

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  • Severine D Silva, madanthyar /Bangalore

    Sat, Jul 11 2020

    Congratulations! dear sisters.All the best .

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  • JWL, KSA, M'lore

    Sat, Jul 11 2020

    Congratulations to all Bethany Sisters. May Almighty God Bless them more Power, Strength in their selfless, dedicated services to the people and may he protect them always.

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  • Fr. Cyril Roshan Menezes, Capuchin, Agrar/Perampally

    Sat, Jul 11 2020

    Congratulations to you dear Sistetrs.
    May your founder Servant of God Msgr. Raymond F. C. Mascarenhas intetcede for you.
    May all those who cared for you and left this world rest in peace.

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  • Frederick Sequeira, Kallianpur

    Sat, Jul 11 2020

    This Congregation is a jewel n pride of undivided Mangalore Diocese. The growth of this Congregations just mirrors the Parable of the Mustard seed in the Holy Scriptures. Here in Kallianpur we are witnesses to their yeomen services to the elderly people - residents of Ozanan Home for the Aged for the past three and a half decades. Selfless service I salute them. May God Almighty's abundant blessings b showered upon this Congregation as it steps into the beginning of its second centenary n spread throughout the world, spreading Good News of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations.

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  • Eugene Lobo S.J., Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 11 2020

    Dear Sr Rose Celine and all the Bethany Sisters. This is a great day in the Life of the Bethany Congregation to inaugurate the hundredth year of your existence in Mangalore and rest of the world. My sincere and heartfelt congratulations to you and all your sisters . May the Lord Bless you abundantly and fill you all with joy and happiness and your hearts and in your communities. God Bless You all.

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  • Oric and Rudy Pinto, Kadri. Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 11 2020

    Congrats to the Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany.God bless you all

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Jul 11 2020

    May the Almighty bless our Sisters ...

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sat, Jul 11 2020

    Congratulations and best wishes!

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