The Sisters of
St Charles of Borromeo
Faith, Toil, Progress
Varap post, shahad
Kalyan west,Thane Dist
Maharashtra state – 421 103
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.
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.