The Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo
Western province - Bangalore

Villa Borromeo, 44/1, Hennur Road, St. Thomas Town - (P.O) Bangalore – 560084


Karunalaya, Mysore

Foundation Day      :  2000

Present Apostolate :  Destitute Home, Social work - Spandana women and children development centre, Medical apostolate


Karunalaya means, a ‘Temple of Compassion’ - came into existence as a fruit of the chapter decision in the year 2000. Late Ms. Rosy Thopallil‘s persistent request to St.Charles sisters to help her in continuing the Charitable activities in Tandavapura was an occasion to pitch our tent in Tandavapura of Mysore diocese. The Bishop Most Rev. Joseph Roy gladly permitted and blessed our community foundation at Tandavapura on 12-7-2000 with its pioneer members Sr. Shobhana and Sr. Rosamma Joseph along with Late Ms. Rosy. Sr. Shobhana being a social worker started her service to the women and children through formation of Self Help groups and Sr. Rosamma served the medical needs of people through the Nirmala dispensary. The orphan children who were cared through Nirmala Charitable home were placed in different Boarding schools as they needed better care and education. History shows that the pioneer sisters had to struggle as they were living in the poultry shed with little alteration for privacy. Pioneers being austere persons did not feel much of the pinch of poverty existing in that community. As the dispensary picked up slowly, the need for new Karunalaya Health centre arose. With the generosity of the benefactors Karunalaya hospital came into it’s existence and today caters to the poor and needy in the surrounding villages.  Destitute home: The congregation had a plan of starting a HIV AIDS Hospital but God had his own way in bringing up the Ashraya destitute Home for the mentally ill in 2002 in the place of HIV Aids Hospital. The buildings were blessed and inaugurated by the Bishop of Mysore, Most. Rev. Thomas Vazhapilly on 13 December, 2004. He was impressed with the sacrificial attitude of sisters who first gave importance to mission than their own residence. This mission grew gradually with the help of many benefactors, especially, Mr. Alok Gupta, President of Hari Murari Trust. Today, we care for 72 mentally Ill adults who were abandoned in the different parts of our country. Having been healed and traced their homes, we were able to send 35 and 25 of them have passed away receiving dignified burials. This mission has given us a thrust and people have acknowledged our service. Spandana women and children development centre: It is a rural development wing of Karunalaya Charitable Trust run by the sisters. This centre caters to the women, children, youth and prisoners through, awareness programmes, Rights based activities, Prison ministry, counselling services, trainings for self-employment, skill training for youth, spoken English classes, Tuition classes, Formation and promotion of self-help groups and animation of tuition classes and child right clubs. It organises women’s’ days rallies, summer camps and personality development programmes. Being a part of the Network - Amrat involved in work against human trafficking it caters to the needs of migrants and labourers. Karunalaya - Disaster management ;- For the past 3 years the centre has been involved in various disasters caused by the natural calamities i.e. floods in Kerala and Mysuru and the Covid 19 pandemic–reaching out to the poor and needy through the help of ARISE Foundation.

St. Charles Borromeo

Fr.Adrien Bresy the founder proposed St.Chareles Borromeo as Patron of the Congregation


Our Crest

The whole crest is surrounded by lilies and violets in the midst of which is the motto: LABOUR, FAITH, and PROGRESS. The entire crest is surmounted by a Cross radiating the divine rays.

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Sisters of St Charles Borromeo

Western Province
Villa Borromeo,
44/1, Hennur Road,
St. Thomas Town - (P.O)
P.O- Bangalore – 560084

Phone - 080 – 25473003