The Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo

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

Bangalore, Kammanahalli


The community plays a colossal role in the continuity of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo. It takes cognizance of the fact that many members have contributed to its origin and development.
The mission at Kammanahalli was a literacy outreach activity for the poor of the village by the community of St. Charles Convent, Paezold Road, Richards Town of yester years. Its beginning was small; the little school was housed in the old chapel in 1958. The official inspection of the school by the department of Primary Education, took place in 1959 on July 22. The enterprising pioneers were Sr. Helena and Sr. Hyacinth, walking or cycling daily, 3 kilometres on the rough road. Land was purchased for building few class-rooms, the aim was to have classes from First to Fourth Standard. The purpose of the School was to extend facilities also to the education of the children at Chelikere village and Byrathi village. On completion of their primary education the pupils were admitted in Nirmala Higher Primary School, Richards Town; where their older siblings were studying.
Family visits were a priority in recruiting pupils to the up-coming School, the next focus was on teaching the tenets of the Catholic Faith to the small Catholic parishioners. The sisters also gave importance to the education of health and hygiene to the families. As time passed by the St. Charles Primary School, Kammanahalli was upgraded to Kannada Higher Primary School in June 1993-1994, and Kannada High School 1996-1997.
A new school building was constructed to accommodate the increasing strength, the Blessing was on May 20, 1994. During this period of time, it was also proposed that a Community of Sisters could reside in the newly constructed school in order to facilitate the functioning of the School and the mission to be established in the vicinity. Sr. Regina Rodrigues was appointed as the Superior and the members of the community were: Sr. Therese D’Costa (Senior), Sr. Cecilia Fernandes, and Sr. Elizabeth Fernandes. As the Community settled here at Kammanahalli, the locality also came under the urban jurisdiction. It is no more under the village panchayat, it was under the care of the municipality and later the corporation of the Bangalore Urban Council.

Later in June 3, 1996, the I.C.S.E. School was introduced by starting LKG and UKG. Blessing of the Foundation stone for the first floor of the existing St. Charles Higher Primary School, by Fr. Kanikya Raj was on November 21, 1997.
A new Convent building was built in 1997 and blessed on April 14, 1997 by Fr. Verghese, parish priest.

On August 8, 2013, the foundation stone of the English Nursery School was blessed by Fr. Balraj, the parish priest of St. Pius X Church. The dignitaries of the province and convent were present. The work of the I.C.S.E. School building was started in 2006 and completed in 2008.The blessing and inauguration of the Nursery School building was on July 31, 2015. It was at this juncture that this became a separate unit.

As the Community members increased it was necessary to have more rooms added to the convent building. On October 2, 2018, the new convent extension was blessed by Rev. Fr. Michael Anthony, Parish Priest of St. Pius X Church, Kammanahalli.

At present the mission of the Community is mainly Education, the following institutions are under its administration:

  • St. Charles Kannada Medium State Board I – X
  • St. Charles English Medium State Board 1-X
  • St. Charles I.C.S.E. Girls’ School I-X
  • St. Charles Pre-Primary School, NURSERY, LKG, UKG

Our focus is in these areas, Education Ministry, Student Counselling, Family Ministry, Pastoral Care (Catechism, Communion Ministry at Masses also for the sick and house-bound), Youth Ministry through our Junior S.C.B. Associates, Social Ministry (lending the School premises for weekly Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.)