Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas, OCD

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas, OCD was born on Feb 13, 1972 to Rosario and Carmen Mascarenhas. He is the youngest of 10 children and two of his sisters have dedicated themselves to the service of the Lord as Religious. He comes from the little town of Venur, Karnataka, South India. Fr. Jerome joined the Discalced Carmelite Order after the 10thgrade. Following four years of seminary training, he made his religious profession in 1994. He graduated with a B. A. in philosophy from the University of Mysore and also secured a Gold Medal in philosophy. He pursued his theological studies at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Mangalore where he obtained a degree in theology. He was ordained a priest on Dec 29, 2001. Two years after his ordination, he obtained a Masters in Sociology from the University of Dharwad, Karnataka.

After Ordination and a year of service at the minor seminary in Goa, he was sent to Jagalur, a remote place in northern part of Karnataka, with a view to spreading our presence into different dioceses. 

As a young priest, he served in various capacities as a missionary in India.

After serving for six years as a pioneer among non Christians, the Discalced Carmelites selected him to be sent to Canada. Fr. Jerome arrived directly from the missions to Canada on March 21 2009. He was assigned as assistant pastor to St. Edmund’s Parish, North Vancouver and also as chaplain to St. Thomas Aquinas Regional High School both positions he maintains to the present. 

Fr Jerome has already preached at retreats to different groups of people in and out of Vancouver, accompanied school children for their annual school retreats, and has won the hearts of everyone he meets.

Fr. Jerome’s biography taken from the Canadian Carmelite Community website at: http://www.cccocd.org/priests_in_canada.php

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