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Anugraha Convent is situated in Arehalli, Belur Taluk, Hassan district. The community was erected on 29th of June 1986 at the request of the Bishop of Chikmagalur, to run the Kannada medium Nursery and Primary School and to render help in the spiritual and moral life of the people.

Arehalli is a village quite far from the city. It is a multi religious centre and people belong to a poor economic background, work in the coffee estates. The moral standards of the people are rather low and drunkenness, gambling, mixed marriages; broken families are the prevailing evils in the society.

The sisters render their service in the field of education, faith formation of the Catholics, take care of the children in the boarding house and engage themselves in Socio-Pastoral work. While rendering value based education the sisters accept the students of all castes and creeds without any discrimination. They visit the families of the students to know their family background and to help them in their difficulties. They also animate the women’s association and youth movement enabling them to be better citizens. The community renders service in the Parish High School.


The community was started in compliance with the request of His Lordship Rene Feuga, Bishop of Mysore and the civil authorities of the town, on 21st July 1945 for the purpose of education especially of Catholics. The socio-cultural context is mainly characterized by poverty, deteriorization of moral values, lack of tolerance among the members of various religions and language groups and different castes, individualism, loss of faith and loss of religious values especially among the Catholics. The Catholic population is about 4,500 and they belong to the lower economic group. This is the only Catholic Educational Institution exclusively for girls in the city. The sisters commit themselves to provide value oriented education to the students, to support and aid the Catholic children who seek shelter in their boarding house due to poverty and lack of schools in the native villages, to provide hostel facilities for the PU and Degree students and also for employees, to have faith formation for the Catholic students in the Institution and to involve in the parish activities.

In fact the history of St. Philomena’s is like the story of the mustard seed in the Gospel. It was started as a humble middle school, but has now grown into a mighty tree embracing students from the Nursery to a full-fledged Degree College.


The Sisters of Charity at St. Philomena’s Convent - Hassan were rendering their service through education and became more concerned towards the children of the slums and the nearby villages. Through their visits to these families of the children they discovered various needs and problems and there sprouted the thought of social work. As the work at the Centre called Seva Kendra increased, lay collaborators were employed for the smooth functioning of this work. The sisters who were daily travelling to and fro to the villages and the slums from St. Philomena’s Convent found it necessary to stay at Seva Kendra to lessen their fatigue and for the better supervision of the lay collaborators. Gradually in 1994 an independent community was erected with the name ‘Jeevandhara’ and the centre was called as ‘Jeevandhara Seva Kendra’.

Hassan is industrially developing and is still in the influx of industrial development. Most of the women folk are employed in the factories preparing garments, pickles, cement blocks and electric poles. The city has a population of 17,00,500 and the Catholics are 4500 from 427 families.  Hassan is a multi-linguistic and multi-cultural town.

Jeevandhara Seva Kendra is a registered body, which goes beyond the barriers of caste, creed and religion. It has its aim and objectives and it strives towards the development of every person. The Jeevandhara community of five sisters along with the staff creates awareness, bring comfort to those in need and render service to all categories of needy people. St. Philomena’s Mahila Samaj is a registered body. It works towards the empowerment of women in the villages and slum areas of Hassan town. Tailoring and bag making unit is in function in the center. Santhwana women’s help line - This project offers immediate help and assistance to the women in distress and in crisis. This project is assisted by women and child development department. The center offers 24 hours of service with one councillor and 3 social workers. Women of the slums and of Hanumanthpura village are helped through Child Care Centers. The children are taken care by a teacher and helpers so that women can go to work and earn their livelihood. 6 women are employed to roll the agarbathis. They take the material home, finish the work then they are paid for the work done. Another group of 5 women are engaged in uniform stitching. They are paid in piece wage. Self help groups’ activities are supervised by the director and co-coordinators. They willingly come for the meetings, awareness programs and different activities that are conducted in the centre or in villages. There is lot of change and development seen in their lives, in their families and locality.


St. Joseph’s Convent is situated in Saklaspur town of Hassan District. It was opened in 1944 at the request of the then Parish Priest Rev.Fr. P.S.Fernandes along with Mr. Ligoury D’Souza and Mr. Mallanna, with a view to impart an integral and value based education to the girls of Malanad area around Saklaspur.

The society is divided into upper and lower classes and the poor people mostly work in the coffee estates. Drunkenness and gambling are the vices prevailing in the society and the broken families are on the increase.

The sisters cater to the education of the students in the Kannada and English Medium Schools for boys and girls. They are also involved in faith formation of the Catholics, caring for the children in the boarding house, parish work, pastoral care of the youth and eradication of poverty. The sisters also strive to build up broken families by reaching out to them in their needs through regular family visits. Thus they keep in touch with the students and their parents and motivate them for a better living.


Shettihalli was a flourishing village with a good Catholic population. In 1971 when the Gorur dam was constructed and the village was submerged under water, the people were obliged to shift from there. Some of the families were allotted barren land in this place, which was named after the then bishop Most Rev. Alphonsus Mathias.

Earlier the community of Sisters at Hassan was attending to the spiritual needs of these people; then a sub-station was formed and later still a community was established in 1981 in order to render better service to the people. But officially a superior took charge of the community only in 1983.

Most of the families in this region are agriculturists. There is progress in education and in economical standards, but spiritual and moral aspects still need improvement. A few families are victims of addiction to drugs and alcoholism and a few suffer from AIDS.

In 1979 a temporary church was erected with 60 catholic families consisting of 552 people. At present there are 161 catholic families with a population of 667. The sisters dedicate themselves for the education and faith formation of Christian families, especially of Youth.