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1966 – 1990

Mary Immaculate Convent, Bondel, Mangalore, Karnataka – 1969                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Mangalore being called the Rome of the East with its rich heritage of Catholicism, the Ursulines were looking for a new opening with the view to find more vocations to the Institute. This aspiration was fulfilled when in 1969 Rev. Fr. Gabriel D’Souza with the permission of Rt. Rev. Basil D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore extended an invitation to start a High School in Bondel. It was the dire need of the place as the boys and girls had to go 5 to 6kms for secondary education.
On 3rd may 1969 the sisters arrived at the place and in 1971 the convent was blessed and inaugurated by the Bishop of Mangalore.

The long cherished dream of the people of Bondel was realized in 1969 when the Government sanctioned the opening of a High School. The school was named Mahatma Gandhi Centenary High School (MGCHS), being the centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi.
The blessings of the Lord never cease! This was tangibly experienced when the Parish Church donated 6 acre plot of land for the use of the Convent and School.
The inauguration ceremony of the High School was witnessed by the people in 1970. However, the High school classes were conducted in the parish campus until the new building with three classrooms was ready in 1972. The further extension of the school building was blessed and inaugurated in 1979 by Rt. Rev. Basil D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore.
A Balwadi was started in 1987 to cater to the nutritional and health care of the poor children, aided by the government. In 1996 the community initiated a free boarding for educating poor girls.

Right from the start, the medium of instruction in the school was Kannada. But due to the pressing need of the present time, in 1998 a parallel English section was started. In 2003, the High School was upgraded to a Pre-University College named Mahatma Gandhi Centenary Composite College, having all the three combinations: Arts, Science and Commerce.
Most of the students admitted to the high school were from the neighboring schools and the need was felt of having a primary school in the campus. The providential care of the Lord never fails! This was certain when one of the school staff who owned a Primary English Medium School adjacent to the existing MGC school ground named Vivekananda English Medium Higher Primary School was pleased to hand over his school to the Ursulines. Hence the desire of having a primary school attached to the high school was fulfilled.

In 2004 the student candidates of the province were blessed to avail the Pre-University education from Mahatma Gandhi Centenary Composite College, Bondel.
In 2010, the Vivekananda English Medium Higher Primary School was shifted to MGC Composite College campus. With the committed and dedicated service of the sisters the MGC school campus provides education from Lower Kindergarten to Pre-University studies.

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Mt 9:37). Bondel is a cradle of vocations due to which the Institute is blessed to have a number of vocations to work in the vineyard of the Lord.
At present, besides the teaching ministry, the sisters are involved in teaching catechism, attending to the sacristy, leading the church choir, visiting families, being animators of various Associations and SCC groups, thereby involved in the pastoral apostolate.

St. Ignatius Convent, Paladka, Karnataka – 1980

Ever since the inception of the convent at Bondel, Mangalore, the Ursulines were eager to extend the mission to the remote areas of Mangalore with the intention of reaching out to the poor and simple people of the villages. Rt. Rev. Dr. Basil D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore, pleased with the service of the Ursulines at Bondel invited the sisters to Paladka, a small village 6 kms away from Moodubidri, a small town.

On 21st May 1980, the sisters who arrived at Paladka were accommodated in a cottage of the T.B sanatorium, some distance away from the parish church. A month later, from June, the pioneers of the community took shelter in the old parish house.
The sisters involved themselves teaching in the Higher Primary School of the parish along with its administration. Gradually a site for the new convent building was chosen in 1982 and the convent was blessed and inaugurated on 29th August 1983.

For quite a few years sisters were teaching in the parish school managed by the Catholic Board of Education. In the recent years a sister is teaching in the English Medium School run by the parish. From 1997, the poor children have availed free boarding facilities during their education.
The deep faith of the simple people of the parish has enabled many to join religious life and priesthood. The Ursulines too have many vocations to the Institute which testifies to the witnessing lives of the sisters.

Presently, the sisters are involved in catechizing, preparing first communicants, attending to the sacristy, leading the church choir, visiting families, being animators of various Associations and SCC groups, thereby involved in the pastoral apostolate.

Daya Nilaya Mirjan, Karwar, Karnataka – 1982

The long cherished dream of Rt. Rev. Dr. William D’Mello, Bishop of Karwar and Rev. Fr. A. G. Rego, the then Parish Priest at Mirjan, to start a Health Centre for the needs of the local people was realized when the Ursulines reached Mirjan in North Karwar on 23rd July 1982.

In the initial days the sisters used to visit the families distributing medicines to the sick, praying with the families, distributing study materials to needy students and caring for the poor. The sisters kept themselves busy carrying on works, both medical and social, to uplift the local people.

Hence the social apostolate took shape in the year 1989 with organized programs, and “Daya Nilaya Rural Welfare Centre” was constructed in 1995.
For 15 years the dispensary was run in a side room of the convent which gradually has a separate building from 1997. It has OPD facilities and a room for day care for the patients.

Besides Socio-Pastoral and Health Care apostolates the sisters actively help out in the parish activities and assist in other services of the parish.

Ursuline Convent, Challakere, Karnataka – 1989

The Ursuline Convent Challakere traces its origin to 1989. The sisters were accommodated in the Presbytery since the Infant Jesus Church was only a sub-station and the priest was staying in the headquarters at Chitradurga, 30 kilometers away from Challakere.

The sisters were teaching in Kannada Medium School of the parish along with its administration. In the year 1992, they started the mission in a village called Thimmapanahally. The people of the village were eager to hear the message of Christ and nine families received Baptism on Easter Sunday in the year 1993.

The newly constructed convent which is situated in the heart of Challakere was inaugurated and blessed by Rt. Rev. Ignatius Pinto, Bishop of Shimoga on 25th March 1999.

The sisters in the community at Challakere were actively involved in all the three fields of apostolate namely, Education, Medical and Social-pastoral.

Education:

The sisters continued the teaching ministry in the Infant Jesus Higher Primary Kannada Medium School. When the Karnataka Government had notified the public about the sanction of financial aids to those schools started before the year 1994, the Shimoga Diocese under whose jurisdiction Challakere falls, requested the Ursuline sisters to take up the administration of the school and also to take advantage of the aided posts available in the school.

The untiring effort of the sisters to visit frequently the various public offices of the Education department in Challakere, Chitradurga and Bangalore enabled to obtain the aid to the school on 29th June 2009. The school had a steady progress in academics and co-curricular activities. In 2005, Infant Jesus Higher Primary School was upgraded to an English Medium High School and the sisters took up the administration of the school.

In 2007, the Christian Brothers took up the administration of the English Medium High School and since then a sister renders her service as a teacher.

Medical:

The sisters ventured into the healing ministry in response to the pressing need of the neighboring villagers who were in need of medical help. The dispensary was set up in Thimmapanahally, where villagers around Challakere and Chitradurga could avail themselves of the medical facilities at the dispensary. In 2008 the responsibility of the medical care was taken up by the Cluny Congregation.

Socio-Pastoral:

In 1996, the sisters launched out into Social work reaching out to the remote villages of Chitradurga. They were involved in the socio-pastoral care of the people especially at Thimmapanahally.

In April 2006, Janapriya Social Centre was blessed by Rt. Rev. Gerard Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Shimoga.

The main focus of the socio-pastoral apostolate is the overall development of the people especially empowerment of women and children. Eradication of poverty, illiteracy, self-employment schemes, tailoring, formation of self-help groups, running balawadis and adult education helps the people to progress in their lives.

Presently, the sisters are rendering their service in teaching and socio-pastoral apostolate in Challakere.