“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 Mary and Jansi Jai. The Mission since then is growing and has now 24 Indian missionaries, 2 sisters from the place who form 6 different communities.
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  and others.Sisters are actively involved in social and pastoral apostolate.  SCC”s, visiting of families, rendering medical and financial help, teaching catechism and assisting the Parish Priest in the substations are some of the activities undertaken by them.
The community of SCBs located in one of the suburbs of the capital of Tanzania serves as a transit house.   One Sister is in charge of St. Claret Primary 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. The Sisters also run a mini library for the Secondary School students.


Kibao is our third bee hive in Tanzania. It is situated in Mufindi District, 130 kms from Iringa town in the Diocese of Iringa. This mission station in the remote high lands of Tanzania runs a hospital with 76 beds with Outpatients / Inpatients department, Laboratory services, R.C.H, Voluntary Counseling and Testing for H.I.V and Tuberculosis Unit. Pastoral service to the parishioners scattered in several substations is also rendered.

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.

A small library to benefit the poor students of the locality has been started in the premises.


 Every good thought and deed comes to us through the inspiration from the Almighty. The sisters of St. Charles Borromeo were inspired to begin a dispensary at Morogoro to reach out to the poor and needy through their compassionate Love of God.

The dispensary building was completed and was blessed by the Bishop of Morogoro on  April 28, 2008.  The building served as the residence for the sisters as well as the initial Formation house until  June 11, 2013 when a formation house was built. The initial procedure of the registration was done and was submitted to the ministry. The permission was granted on 27th of October, 2014.  The dispensary was blessed on the feast of St. Charles Borromeo and began to function rendering Outpatient care and the Laboratory services .

There are 10 postulants and 6 novices preparing to commit themselves to the Lord.



Sisters run a small Dispensary for alternative therapy whereby patients are treated with herbal medicine and reflexology.

Sisters are also involved in Vocation Promotion, visiting the houses and praying with the people, evening classes for children and pastoral activity.