The Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo

Kamba village, Varap post, shahad, Kalyan west,
Thane Dist, Maharashtra, India - 421103


The day destined by the Lord, to begin Gods work at Yelagiri Hills according to God’s Plan dawned with the invitation of Rev.Fr.Francis GUEZOU, SDB, a French missionary who wanted to develop this hill station.

He was a man gifted with fearless nature, tireless work, creative mind, humorous disposition, innovative ideas and personal holiness. He was looking for the Congregation who will fulfill his dreams cooperating with his work. And finally through his friend Fr.Menezes who was a parish priest of Jolarpet at that time, contacted the Sisters of St.Charles Borromeo. Our Provincial Sr.Christine TONNEAU a courageous Belgian Missionary came to see the place. They met at the foot of the hill and she accepted the call for help immediately in 1968. She never talked about money or other conditions. Here we are today and have gloriously celebrated on March 23, 2019 the golden year on this Hill.

On March 22, 1969 , the small community residence was blessed and sisters started their mission in faithful cooperation with Fr.Guezou who was an ambitious missionary. He almost adopted the sisters as his own. The sisters did come up to his expectations right from the beginning. They were valiant missionary at heart. They managed to adjust with minimum facilities and put in the maximum amount of work.

Yelagiri, was then a village of the people of tribal origin, illiterate and ignorant of many things. Sisters visited the houses and identified themselves with the culture of the people. They listened to the women who were at home. The children were given education through the evening classes The sisters of St.Charles were able to open new avenues of apostolic activities, all for the cause of the tribal.

  • 1970: St.Charles dispensary started to provide medical facilities.
  • 1975: The English Medium Residential School was built in view of assuring some source of income for the community and extending their service to the poor. Many hearts and hands have worked to ensure good education to the students who came from cities like Chennai and Bangalore. It is now upgraded into Hr.Sec.Co-ed English Medium School. The number of admissions to the Bording Home has dwindled down and the students’ strength has dropped down drastically.
  • 1977: “Snehalaya” a home for the tribal girls was built. This home continues to accommodate 100 to 130 children.
  • 1983: The St.Charles Primary Tamil Medium School was started with 40 boys and girls.
  • 1983: The St.Charles Primary Tamil Medium School was started with 40 boys and girls.
  • 1987: The middle school was opened and was upgraed into High School in 1990.
  • 1998: St.Charles School started the Higher Secondary School for boys and girls.
  • 2002: To incarnate the compassionate love of God by living in solidarity with the poor, a centre for tailoring and free coaching classes were opened at Nilavur. In 2015 it was transferred to Athanavur and it is functioning well with several training programme conducted for women of Self Help Groups who profit in multiple ways.