Divine Providence Convent High School is managed and run by St. Joseph’s Society Belgaum, registered under the Societies Act XXI of 1860. This school is established in the Diocese of Belgaum and administered by the Canossian Daughters of Charity, in accordance with the Minority rights guaranteed to all Religious Minorities by the Indian Constitution Vide Article 29 and 30, and therefore it is a Minority Institution.
The main aim of the school is not only to impart instruction but in a spirit of love and service, empowering the girl child and work for all-round development. The course of instruction includes all the subjects required by the Government for the standard of English Medium schools in Karnataka State.
True to the vision of our Foundress St. Magdalene of Canossa, we the Canossian Educators have a passion to ensure that every human being enjoys the dignity as a child of God.
Integral formation by our approach of moral, intellectual, physical and social formation of the individual child irrespective of religion, caste, race, language and social status.
Our school motto “PRAYER AND WORK” reminds us to trust in God and work towards enhancing our life to the best of our ability and leave the rest in His DIVINE PROVIDENCE, who always cares for us.
The motto reflects the two essential elements that every student of Divine Providence Convent High School should treasure during the years in school and in fact throughout their life. The very name of our school “Divine Providence” calls each one of us to entrust all that we have to Him, for He is always our LOVING FATHER.
The School Emblem: The Emblem with its four very symbolic figures, will help you to face the challenges, as a student now and later when you leave your “Alma Mater”, equipping you with the best to face the World without fear.
The Cross: The Cross reminds you of the contradictions, and struggles you will encounter in your journey towards attaining Truth and Knowledge. It is a triumphant symbol of victory and new life, if only you work hard and live an authentic life.
The Lamp: The lighted lamp symbolizes light. A light must neither blind nor dazzle the eye, it certainly should illumine the darkness. You are those lights sent into this world where there is darkness and ignorance. Carry your candle like a torch all through your school years and hand it over with pride to those who come after you.
The Open Book: A symbol of knowledge and a guide to instruct you and impart the knowledge of how to live your life as good, upright, and mature students – the promise and future citizens of tomorrow’s society. Our lives are open books, each day we are writing a new page. Time past is gone and fled beyond recall. Time future is not or may never be. Time present is the only one in our hands.
Praying Hands: The symbol of total trust and abandonment in Divine Providence. Pray without ceasing for this is the will of God. Hands are God’s gift to you, use them to build you and others with your helping hand. Let your slightest touch transform everyone to go higher. Join your hands in prayer to God for He is only a prayer away. He asks you to give your best in all that is asked of you as a student and He will take care of the rest.
Hard work rewards one with Greatness. Your school is a temple of learning. So learn the right things at the right time.
Divine Providence Convent High School-Centenary Year (1922-2022)
It’s the Centenary year of Divine Providence School, a Brand Name for “Value-based and all-round Education” since 1922. Rome was not built in a day; so too this Temple of Education. Every brick and stone of Divine Providence School speaks volumes of the Vision and the hard work of the Canossian sisters who dared to dream of yet another Canossian Educational Institution in Belagavi as an offshoot of St. Joseph’s School, Camp, Belagavi, and pitched their tent in Tilakwadi, catering to the neediest of the time. Thus, Divine Providence Co-ed. The school was started on 1st June 1922 and was subsequently confirmed with permanent recognition as a High school Vide No. E-14(A)-52207-163/68/69 by the office of the Public Instruction Bangalore. There was no looking back thereafter. Divine Providence School as an Institution stands tall and strong in the city of Belagavi- a distinguishably unique Institution with a high standard of all round Education. Today, Divine Providence is a much sought-after School by parents far and near.
St. Magdalene of Canossa - A great visionary
St.Magdalene of Canossa the foundress of the Canossain Daughters of Charity was born in Verona – Italy on 1st March 1774 to a rich and noble family of Canossa. Through painful events, like the death of her father, the departure of her mother, sickness, and misunderstandings, the Lord guided her towards unexpected paths that Magdalene tried hard to understand. Since she became an orphan at an early age she matured in physical and moral sufferings. Deeply spiritual, she discerned her vocation with great fervor through prayer and the practice of evangelical virtues.
In the midst of the sad social, political and ecclesial situation of her time and city, she initiated various works of charity for the upliftment of the poor and abandoned children.
Magdalene looked from her magnificent palace at the misery of the peripheral districts of Verona, where the impact of the French Revolution, the alternating domination of foreign emperors had left evident signs of devastation and human suffering. In the midst of her tireless activities and heavy family responsibilities, Magdalene found the time to intensify her prayer, the daily contemplation of the Love of Christ on the Cross, and of the Mother of Sorrows.
Inflamed by the same fire of God’s love, she opened herself to the cry of the poor hungering for bread, moral instruction, and love for God. In the face of so many needs, Magdalene felt unequal to the task. She sought and found her first companions who welcomed the invitation to share her life of poverty and charity.
To implement her ideal of the love of God and human promotion, she founded the Institute of the Daughters of Charity on 8th May 1808 in Verona, what she interiorly felt was God’s will to serve Christ in the poor.
Charity is like a fire that ever spreads out and Magdalene opened her heart to the urgent needs of other towns like Venice, Milan, Bergamo, and Trent, wherein a few decades, she founded Houses and sent her Daughters who had grown in number. Magdalene obtained the approval of the Rules in 1828.
We Canossian Sisters are members of this Institute carrying out her mission of spreading the love of God by serving the needy. She died in Verona, assisted by her Daughters on Passion Friday, 10th April 1835.
On 7th December 1941, she was proclaimed Blessed by Pope Pius XII. She was declared a Saint by Pope John Paul II on 2nd October 1988.
The spirit of the Daughters of Charity “is that of being detached from everything … and ready for the divine service and to go anywhere, even to the remotest Country.” St. Magdalene.
In 1860, animated by the spirit of Magdalene, the Daughters of Charity sailed for the East to spread the “Good News” among the people who had not yet heard the proclamation of the Gospel.
Today, the Institute of the Daughters of Charity is spread worldwide proclaiming the Kingdom of God.
Prayer to our Foundress:
Father of goodness
you revealed your love
to the humble
and to the children
by raising in your Church
SAINT MAGDALENE OF CANOSSA,
to be the servant of the poor.
Grant that we may seek you
above all things
and serve the poor
and the little ones
in true spirit
of charity and humility.
St. Magdalene of Canossa,
Pray for us
St. Josephine Bakhita Canossian Daughter of Charity
St. Josephine, affectionately known as Bakhita (fortunate one) was born in the Southern Sudan region of Darfur in 1869. She is a saint of our time- canonized on October 1, 2000, by Pope St. John Paul II,
This holy woman Bakhita, a person of faith and forgiveness has been interceding for many, especially those who are sick, those who are in any form of slavery, and those who need to find peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation in their lives. If you know someone who needs this kind of powerful intercessor, why not ask her?
This African flower, who knew the anguish of kidnapping, slavery, and torture, bloomed marvelously in Italy, in response to God’s grace, close to the Daughters of Charity.
Bakhita, which means “fortunate one,” is the name given to her by her kidnappers. Sold and resold in the markets of El Obeid and Khartoum, she experienced the humiliations and the sufferings of slavery, physical, mental, and moral.
Fortunately, Bakhita encountered a good owner from Italy who didn’t use the lash when giving orders and treated her in a loving and cordial way. She later celebrated the sacraments of Christian Initiation and was given the name, Josephine, on 9th January 1890. Bakhita joined the Religious Institute of the Daughters of Charity of Canossa on 8th December 1896.
In today’s world, countless women continue to be victimized even in developed modern societies. In St. Josephine Bakhita we find a shining advocate of genuine emancipation. The history of her life inspires not passive acceptance but the firm resolve to work effectively to free girls and women from oppression and violence, especially domestic violence and to empower them to human dignity in the full exercise of their rights.
Bakhita knew the reality of being a slave, an immigrant, and a spiritual seeker. Even while she was outwardly denied freedom and human dignity, her spirit was free. It was that freedom of spirit that allowed her to follow her heart and live her true vocation.
Prayer to St. Bakhita:
O God, Father of Mercy,
You have given us
St. Josephine Bakhita
As a “Universal sister.”
An evangelical model of humble faith and ardent charity.
Grant also to us the will to believe and to love in the spirit of the Gospel,
and listen favorably to the prayers of those who ask for her intercession.
St. Josephine Bakhita,
Pray for us
Venerable Mother Fernanda Riva
Mother Fernanda was born in Monza (Italy) on 17th April 1920. She entered the Canossian missionary novitiate in Vimercate on 19th March 1939 and in the following October, she left for India. She completed both her novitiate and her studies in Belgaum. The school in Mahim and the University in Alleppey were her main fields of work.
Because of her constant joyful disposition, she was nicknamed “Missionary of Joy”. She reached out to one and all in an attitude of generous self-giving. She reached the height of Christian perfection in a relatively short time. She died on 22nd January 1956 at Mahim, Bombay.
O most Holy Trinity,
we thank you for the marvels
you have worked in the heart
of your servant, the Venerable
mother Fernanda Riva
who, with her life,
has joyfully sung
your infinite glory.
grant us, through her intersession,
the graces that we implore
with great hope.
Sr. Rosamma Joseph
B.Sc, B. Ed, M.A.
A Great Headmistress builds character, inspires dreams, encourages creativity, builds confidence, instills a love of learning, touches hearts and changes lives forever.
An exemplary and outstanding personality Sr. Rosamma Joseph gracefully treads in the footsteps of her foundress St. Magdalene of Canossa.
She is a visionary figure to her teachers and students wherein she shows new light and vision with her dauntless qualities of an able administrator, an efficient organizer, competent manager, and a role model to all. She also exhibits a great deal of leadership qualities by managing and delegating colossal tasks smoothly, silently, and effortlessly in a manner that resolves problems efficiently and effectively
Sr. Rosamma also possesses initiative, originality, self-reliance, enthusiasm which helps the school reach higher levels of achievement.
Her exceptional quality of empowering teachers and engaging parents in achieving great expectations is marvelous. Above all, she is sincere, diligent, frank, genuine, fair, consistent, and an active listener. Overall she runs the school through conviction and sheer personality.