The Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo

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

Yercaud is yet another example of how the British appreciated the natural resources of India more than the Indians. The English used Yercaud as a summer retreat resort and their imprints are all over the place.

The Sisters of St. Charles found a suitable place at Yercaud for a ‘Holiday Home’ in 1964. The pioneers of this mission were Sr. Carola, Sr. Philomina and Sr. Magdalene. Keeping alive the charism of the founder and choosing an apostolate according to the need of the local people was always the priority and objective of any community and Rocca Borromeo couldn’t be an exemption. Though originally it was meant to be a holiday home for Sisters, in 1966 a kindergarten was started. Later it was made into a residential School and presently upgraded into CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) School, currently having classes till Std.IX.


  • The digging of the foundation for the new boarding home was started on July, 1972 and was blessed on March 19, 1973.
  • On August 8, 1982, a small grotto near the school building was blessed which was built and donated by the generous parents of a student.
  • "Save water and save the world." The scarcity of water experienced at certain parts of the hills and the other parts of India was a warning for the community. A huge tank was built for rainwater collection adjacent to the convent building.
  • In 1995 a bore well was dug and in 2006 a plot of land was purchased a few kms., away from our campus where good source of water is available.
  • The old Convent building needed a renovation and a proper kitchen. Rev. Fr. Ignatius, the Provincial Superior of Montfort Fathers, laid the foundation stone for the kitchen block. This work was completed and the new kitchen block was blessed on March 22, 1995.
  • The school that was upgraded to Std. V needed a computer laboratory. The foundation stone for this building was laid on May 20, 1998 and was completed within a year.
  • In March 1991 the school had the rare privilege of welcoming the then M.P of the Congress party, Mr. Oscar Fernandez. He presided over the School Annual Day function and his wife Mrs. Blossom Fernandez distributed the prizes.
  • St. Charles residential school attracted more and more students because of its good standard and discipline. Additional classes were a necessity. The foundation stone for a new school building was laid by Rev. Fr. Irudaya Selvam the Parish Priest on August 22, 2002 on the Feast of Queenship of our Mother Mary. Rev. Sr. Saroj the Provincial Superior was present on this occasion. The school building was completed and blessed on June 14, 2003.
  • St. Charles Matriculation School was converted to CBSE Syllabus and the Middle school got its affiliation on 14th September 2016 and the High School on 8th December 2019.

Preserving and nurturing the environmental beauty of Rocca Borromeo is noteworthy. Sr. Peter who lived at Yercaud Community from 1968 to 2009 knew the sprouting and fading of every plant and the birth and death of every animal in the campus. She enjoyed tending plants and looking after the farm. Every one of them was christened by her and addressed so lovingly.

Rocca Borromeo community had the joy and privilege of celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the Religious profession of Sr. Renee and Sr. Peter in1995 and of Sr. Assunta in 2009, Silver Jubilee of Sr. Michael and Sr. Annie Joseph and a rare occasion of celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Sr. Peter in 2005. A mountain top is conducive for silence, prayer and reflection. The community at Yercaud was the host to the capitulars of Provincial Chapter of 1999 presided by Sr. Ignatius and in June 2005 presided by Sr. Saroj, in May 2011 by Sr. Jaya and in May 2017 by Sr. Virgy.

The quiet surroundings and the pleasant weather on the hills of Yercaud have attracted many God-Seekers and provided an apt atmosphere for contemplation and solitude. Sisters are welcomed with joy and warmth for retreats and seminars. The first Charism retreat of the Congregation was held at Yercaud community animated by Sr. Sheila Corda, Sr. Ignatius and Sr. Josita. Sisters, who come to this place, refresh themselves physically and spiritually and return to their apostolic centers quite renewed and recouped in body, spirit and mind. Starting a home for the less privileged of the society is one of the future plans of the community, to care, to love and restore the dignity to the children of God through a holistic education.

‘Hold your head high O, ‘Eiffel Tower Rose’ your future is what you make of.’