Bethany Convent, Shimoga – Estd 30 May 2005

bethany_shimoga01Our Father Founder loved Shimoga, his birth place. He had great affection for his native place. While the Congregation opened communities in various dioceses it had a dream of having a community in the birth -  place of the Founder. The dream of Bethany was realized when Most Rev Gerald Isaac Lobo extended an invitation to Bethany to open a house of Bethany in the birth-place of the Founder.

bethany_shimogaThe invitation was gladly accepted. In 2005, it was decided to have a community in Shimoga at Bapuji Nagar, 8th cross, in a rented house. The new community was erected on 30 May 2005. Sr Molly Thomas was installed as the first Superior of the new community.


“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

– John 15:13

Msgr Raymond Francis Camillus Mascarenhas (Founder)


Raymond was born on 23 January 1875 to Joanna and Lazarus Mascarenhas of Mangalore, then residing at Shimoga. Having completed his academic and priestly training in Mangalore, he was ordained priest on 4 March 1900. He rendered pastoral service at Kallianpur, Udyavar and Agrar. At St Sebastian's Bendur, Monsignor was the founder parish priest from 1914 to 1931. Read More