St. Joseph’s Convent, Sagar, Shimoga – Estd 17 May 1950

joseph_sagar1It was in 1950, the grace- filled year of the twin jubilee of the Founder, namely, the platinum jubilee of his birth and golden jubilee of his priestly ordination that Bethany made an entry into Sagar in the district of his birth-place, Shimoga, in the diocese of Mysore. Shimoga is known for its scenic beauty, luscious forests, agricultural fields and horticultural gardens. People of all castes, creeds and religions live together in peace and harmony. Most Rev Rene Feuga was happy to have the presence of the Bethany Sisters at Sagar.

joseph_sagar2The five sisters – Sr. Lazarus, the first Superior of the community, Sr. Rita, Sr. Clemence, Sr Gemma, Sr.Presenta and Maggi Bai, the helper, landed in Sagar on 16 May 1950.The administration of St. Joseph’s Primary School comprising Standard I TO IV was handed over to Bethany Sisters by an agreement between the Bishop and the Superior General on 23 March 1950. The school was started by Fr PS Fernandes, the parish priest, in 1927.

It was recognized by the government in 1933 and was admitted to grant in-aid in 1934. Sr Lazarus was the first headmistress of the primary school. The nursery school was begun by the sisters on 15 June 1950 at the request of public. A new high school (IV form) for girls was started in the convent campus under the patronage of our Blessed Mother on 7 June 1954, and was called Nirmala Girls’ High School.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”

– Mark 12:30

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