The Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo

Kamba village, Varap post, shahad, Kalyan west,
Thane Dist, Maharashtra, India - 421103
Najafgarh is one of the 3 sub districts of South West Delhi that is still predominantly a rural zone. It is situated in the outskirts of the South western part of Delhi and borders the State of Haryana owing to which it homes a blend of urban as well as rural population that constitutes of inhabitants from New Delhi as well as Haryana. Najafgarh is surrounded by a combination of 70 villages that borders the State of Haryana. This region was named after Najaf Khan, a ‘Kiledar’ or ‘Fort Administrator’ of the Mughal Empire during the 16th Century AD. It homes massive acres of Farm Houses, Agricultural Farmlands& Fruit Farmlands that belong to affluent and rich class of business people.

Our mission in Delhi began in 1998. Mother Andrea was the Superior General and Sr. Bernadine was the Provincial Superior of the Western Province.The Archbishop of Delhi Rt. Rev Alan De Lastic warmly welcomed the sisters and gave a written permission on 3rd September 1998 to have a house in Delhi.The aim was to have a transit house along with a mission in Delhi.Sr. Emily Joseph and Sr. Precilla Lobo, the pioneers of this mission arrived in Delhi accompanied by Sr. Sheila Corda, the provincial Counselor. The House in Delhi was started on 19th August1998 in a rented house in Palam (RZ/LA – 10) Mahavir Enclave, PalamDabri Road, New Delhi 110045. It belonged to the CBCI women’s desk. The official starting of the house was on 22nd August by a special Eucharistic celebration by Fr. PD Mathew S J Advocate of the Supreme Court. In 19th November 1999 the sisters had to shift themselves to another house in the same lane since the CBCI was going to sell the building. The new house belonged to Mr. Shanta Ram R2/L-6. Mahavir Enclave.

Gradually sisters started looking for a place for sisters’ residence and settled down for a plot at Najafgarh Shyam Enclave, a catholic colony known as Bosco –A colony, belonging to SalesianParish Najafgarh. The land measuring 1 bigha 3 Biswas, with a house already built. On 14th Nov. Sr. Bernadine- the provincial Superior visited the property with Srs. Emily and Lizzy and decided to buy it. The property of Mr. Jaspal Singh Dhami was purchased for in the presence Srs. Lydia and Christine Provincial councillors and Sr. Emily. The official beginning was on 2nd Feb. The parish priest Fr. Jose SDB, the priests and sisters of Najafgarh, and the Catholics of our colony were present.

In the beginning sisters worked with Salesian fathers in their social work centre. Now the Najafgarh community is mostly involved in socio pastoral activities. Play school, Parish activities like participation in the liturgy, singing and Sunday catechism. There are almost 100 catholic families in our colony. Regular visits, administering communion to the home bound, Regular SCC prayer meetings, occasionally arranging programme for children in the convent on Sundays, join the people for rosary and other prayers. We follow up the families that need our support and help even assist them financially. People are happy with us. The sisters go to our school in Samaspur as part time teachers.