The Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo
Western province - Bangalore

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

 

S.C.B Overseas Mission

  

“The Spirit blows not only where He wills but also when He wills”, is a consoling phrase found in the letter of St. Bernard to a priest who complained of his spiritual sloth. Perhaps it throws light on the event of the SCBs beginning the mission in Africa in the year 1997 and all the impossibilities that came on their way when they wanted to begin it a century before which are recorded in the history of the Congregation.

In giving heed to the Spirit who inspires and directs, the then Superior General Mother Andrea and her council with the help of Fr. Stephen Chemmalakuzhy SDB inaugurated the first mission in Africa on 31st May, 1997, at Iringa, Tanzania. The pioneers of the mission were Srs. Punithavathy Fernando, Mangala Mari and Jansi Jai. The Mission since then is growing and has now 15 Indian missionaries who form 4 different communities. 

Iringa

The community is engaged primarily with educating the children of the locality. The present English medium School that was started with 100 children in the pre-primary on 19th January 1999, has now about 400 children in classes pre-primary to Std. V. The School is not aided by the Government in anyway but mainly supported by Foreign funds for its extension and maintenance. This Primary School serves as a good centre to connect ourselves with the parents who receive informal education and the local church by giving special care to the christians/catholics etc.

Dar-Es Salaam

The community of SCBs located in one of the suburbs of the capital of Tanzania is placed close to the Loyola Secondary School run by the Jesuits. Both, the Sisters who work in Loyola School and the others, render pastoral service and are involved in the women's development programs organised by the Parish priest and the local church council. 

Kibao

This mission station that is in the remote high lands of Tanzania runs a hospital with 60 beds, the dispensary that treats the out patients, nutrition program for the malnourished children, 'mother and child care' programs and pastoral service to the parishioners scattered in several substations.

Mbeya

Mbeya is one of the few big towns of Tanzania where the Franciscan Sisters of Germany had established the St. Francis’ Girls Secondary School, known nationwide for its standard of education. On the departure of these dedicated Sisters from Tanzania this mission of secondary education is handed over to the SCBs by the diocese. Our community that was planted here in the year 2001 has now the members who form the managing team of the School from 2005.

 

The SCBs in Italy are presently in two Communities. One at Meina ( Novara ) and another very close to it, Crusinallo(Verbania). Both are in the Diocese of Novara situated in the Region of Piemonte in the north of Italy . Arona, the native place of our beloved and admirable Patron Saint Charles Borromeo is just 5 kilometres away from our Community of Meina.

MEINA

In September 1996 the Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium Mgr.Giovanni Moretti an Italian paid a visit to us.Mother Andrea, the then Superior General received an invitation from him to begin a community in Meina , 5kms from Arona. The invitation accepted was in fact to replace the sisters who were collaborating with the administrators of, ‘Casa Di Riposa Ratti' – the home for the aged and to care for the physical, spiritual, moral and psychological needs of the inmates.The challenge for a new mission in Europe was taken up with Srs.Alex, Ephrezina and Marie Stella as pioneers.The Belgian Province gave enthusiastic co-operation for this extension in Europe. It was on the 14 th , January, 1997 the Sisters were initiated in to the official administration of the HOME after a ceremonial inauguration.

CRUSINALLO

The work of pastoral care, youth animation, and supervision of the nursery school of the Parish needed devoted religious. Mgr.G.Moretti's suggestion to the parish priest of Crusinallo- Rev. Don Arturo Melloni to invite the SCBs to his parish is executed. The invitation is accepted by Mother Benedicta, the Superior General and her Councillors. 31 st May, 2004 on the day of the feast of Pentecost Srs.Ephrezina and Sr.Mary John are initiated in to this new mission.

 

 

 

 

In the year 1989, when Poland was liberated from the Communist regime, the Holy Father, John Paul II, made an appeal to the Superiors General of the Congregations in Europe, to keep the doors of our institutions open to have mutual exchange of spiritual sharing, in particular, the teaching of Vatican II.

 

On Pentecost Sunday, the 3rd of June 1990, Mother Andrea, the Superior General and her councilor Sr. Hilary, visited Poland which opened wide its door to the missionaries.Their aim though was initially to recruit vocations the idea given by Mgr.W?adys?aw Ziolk to open a house in his Arche diocese- Lodz;,became both an inspiration and invitation. to form the girls for the local and universal church. This invitation was accepted by the General council and was encouraged and supported by our sisters in Belgium. The pioneers Srs.Boniface, Irene Pinto, and Joyce Fernandes set their foot in the new mission on 26th oct.1991.

 

The sisters soon were engaged in pastoral work. And in order to attend to the needs of the local church, the houses were opened in various parishes. The five communities were formed into a Region on the 1st of Nov. 2003 with Andrzejów as their head quarters.

 

  1. The communities at
  2. Andrzejów
  3. Dabrowa Górnicza
  4. Cz?stochowa
  5. Chojny
  6. Warsaw

             Are mainly engaged in

  • Christian education of children of the age group 3 to 6
  • Teaching English in the Institute of Theology
  • Private classes for those who seek help to learn
  • Taking care of the sick and the aged
  • Working in the parishes as sacristans
  • As nurses, in the hospital
  • Working with the youth and children
  • Visiting the old, lonely and the sick people of the locality
  • Cooking and serving mid-day soup for the poor and the homeless people
  • Vocation promotion

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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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