The Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo
Western province - Bangalore

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

 

St.Charles Convent, Niddodi, Mangalore

Foundation Day      : 1986

Present Apostolate :  Formation house, Faith Formation and Pastoral ministry

 

The Commencement Niddodi is situated at a distance of 40km from Mangalore and 15kms from Moodabidri and is surrounded by the Kinnigoli, Sampige, Neerude and Kateel Parishes. The idea of starting a mission at Niddodi, Mangalore was welcomed since the congregation had just one community at Omzoor in Mangalore. In 1980 the catholic population was keen to have a convent in the parish of Little Flower Church, Niddodi. The late Bishop, Most Rev. Basil D’Souza and the pastor, Rev. Fr. Norbert Lobo placed their request before the then Provincial superior Sr. Lydia Braggs. This was readily accepted as the congregation felt that another community in Mangalore would add to the bliss. The Lord’s Labourers: The provincial Superior Sr. Lydia introduced Sr. Felcy and Sr. Magdalene to parish priest Rev. Fr. Norbert Lobo and the parishioners of Little Flower Church Niddodi. Sr. Felcy the first superior and Sr. Magdalene were offered a rented house to begin their mission. Though the sisters arrived on June 2, 1986 the official blessing and inauguration was only on August 15, 1986. The late Bishop Basil D’souza had the privilege of officiating at the inaugural ceremony with Fr. Norbert Lobo. The Initial Efforts : On July 6, 1986, four candidates were enrolled as students at the Pompei PU College in Kirem. The sisters and candidates were actively engaged in the liturgical animation and family apostolate. People welcomed them and co-operated in the activities. A year later on August 15, 1987, the new parish priest, Rev. Fr. Denis D’Souza blessed the foundation- stone for a craft centre. Sr. Felcy, Sr. Alex and Sr. Zita lent good support to the mission as they left no stone unturned to accomplish the purpose of the mission. The convent building was ready and was blessed on 3 May, 1988 by Bishop Basil D’Souza. Rev. Mother Andrea D’Souza the Superior General and the Provincial Superiors of the Eastern and Western Provinces were present on the great occasion. The Apostolate : In 1988, the number of candidates almost doubled – eight more were added. With the admission of sisters to the college, the number in the community too increased. The community under the leadership of Sr. Zita D’souza moved forward with vigor and zeal. The involvement in the parish activities grew day by day. A Balwadi was introduced on August 1, 1989, it was later closed down as the educational and economic status of the village had improved. The new house for the candidates was blessed on 25 May, 1989. Sr. Louisa Rasquinha will always be remembered for her service and support to this community. The present apostolate is faith formation of the children of the parish, active participation in Basic Christian Communities, (BCC) meetings, Marian Sodality and animating the Young Christian Students (Y.C.S) children. The Ground for Vocations: This field is the seedbed for several vocations to our congregation. We have twelve sisters from this place. The parishioners have contributed many vocations to the priesthood to the dioceses and to the missions in North of India and overseas.

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

Email stcharlesbangalore@gmail.com

Web stcharlesbangalore.org

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