The Sisters of Santa Cruz Convent assembled before the Statue of the Servant of God Msgr Raymond FC Mascarenhas on Wednesday, 18th December, at 6.30 pm. The monument was blessed by Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, the Bishop of Mangalore Diocese and inaugurated by Rev. Sr Lillis BS, the Assistant Superior General of the Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany. Speaking on the occasion, the Bishop called on the Sisters to pray for him as he continues to intercede for us. The Sisters recalled the yeomen service of education that began by Msgr Raymond the Founder of Bethany, 87 years before, has created a vibrant heritage of educational apostolate rooted on the solid rock foundation of the hearts of Jesus and Mary, as Sacred Hearts’ School. Santa Cruz has kept to its dynamism in the blossoming of various apostolates viz., faith formation, Infant Mary Orphanage, and Jeevandhara, with its outreach programmes for the poor and the marginalized. This Statue before them will remind them of this legacy and provide anchor for the memory of the past to persist in the present and future generations.







The Bishop also blessed the renovated grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary in whose providential care Msgr Raymond trusted and taught the Sisters to develop a filial devotion to her. With the celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the Chapel the programme came to an end. Sr Rekha the Superior of Santa Cruz Convent welcomed the Bishop and Sr Leera Maria Compeered the programme.

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