The Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo

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

South Kanara, Omzoor

It was in the year 1970 , May 17th , sisters of St. Charles landed  Omzoor , Arkula, Mangalore . Sisters Antoinet Machado  and Maria Goratti  Rasquinha were the pioneers. It was a day of Pentecost. The then Bishop Late  B.S.D’Souza  offered mass at the Holy Family Church and exhorted the parishioners to accept the sisters in the parish and extended all the co-operation needed .The parish priest –Fr. A. Rodrigues and the then Bishop of Mangalore – Late B. S. D’ Souza thanked the then Superior General of the Congregation –Late Mother Anne Marie Carlier and the Provincial Superior – Late Mother Christine Tonneau.

The two pioneers were given a temporary shelter in the house of a widow at Mayadi village. They lived with the people and gave  witness about the challenge of life. Later on a small piece of land was bought and a piece of land was donated to the sisters.

On May 27th 1971, Mother Andrea and Sr. Celine Saldanha arrived. And on June 4th 1971 opened Nithya Sahaya Matha High School ( Kannada Medium) and Mother Andrea was the first Headmistress. Initially standard VIII was functioning in the parish school building. This was the only high school for around 10 villages . This courageous venture brought great change in the field of Education in the vicinity. A long awaited dream of the people of the locality was fulfilled.

On March 19th 1972 Bishop of Mangalore blessed the foundation stone of the convent building and on May 20th 1973 the inauguration and opening of the house took place after the Solemn Eucharistic celebration. The first members of the community after the inauguration were Mother Andrea, Sr. Maria Goratti, Sr. Boniface, Sr. Celine and Sr. Dorathy Pinto. The school building was blessed and inaugurated on 4th November 1976. Two sisters were asked to render their service at St. Joseph’s Higher Primary School run by the Diocese . Initially it was Srs. Maria Goratti and Dorathy. To this day two of our sisters render their service at the English and Kannada Medium Higher Primary school run by the Diocese. Apart from Education Apostalate , sisters are engaged in pastoral work.

A tailoring class was started for the poor drop-outs which was inaugurated on January 1st 1983. This venture was very practical at that time because many girls were involved in making Beedi. The tailoring Centre was an alternative opportunity for them to sustain their livelihood.

Gradually the sisters felt the need for a health Centre as the people had to walk a great distance to find a doctor during times of emergency. In the year 1985 March 12th a dispensary was inaugurated by the then Director of Fr. Muller’s Hospital –Rev. Fr. Peter Noronha. Sr. Alice Prabhakar was the first nurse appointed for the healing ministry. Nursery was another venture . Many little kids benefited by it.

It was a need of the hour to start a English medium High School. In spite of many hurdles courageous step was taken by the sisters. In the year 2004 on 1st of June English medium High school was started. The first Headmistress was Sr. Juliana Pinto. The new building was inaugurated by the DDPI of Mangalore – Mr. Moses Jayashekar and was blessed by the Parish Priest –Rev. Fr. James D’Souza on 16th of August 2014. Though the pace is slow, it has made a mark on the students who entered the portals of this institution.

Omzoor is a cradle of vocations. Many students studied in this institution have become Priests and Religious either in this Congregation or other congregation. The Congregation is ever grateful to the parish priests, Bishops as well as the local people for the encouragement and support recieved.