History Of School


Welcome To ST. Mary's Convent School, Sonatalab, Varanasi

St. Mary's Convent School, Sonatalab is a minority Catholic institution established and administered by the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Queen of Apostles, a registered charitable society. This Congregation was founded by a German Jesuit Priest Rev. Fr. Antonius Maria Bodewig who came to India as a missionary. On the one hand he had an immense love for the precious qualities and spiritual wealth which Indians possessed and was drawn to Benares for its spiritual significance. On the other hand he was moved by the existing condition of the time, the plight of children, youth and women. He saw education of the youth as one of the best means to uplift the people. Soon his ideas were spread in Germany and attracted many followers who came forward to dedicate their life to God and render service to humanity.

His first followers came to Benares in 1927 and in accordance with his vision began "TO PROCLAIM THE COMPASSIONATE LOVE OF GOD AS MANIFESTED IN JESUS" through various activities such as:

Education of the young, nursing the sick, caring for young girls and women, assisting the poor to develop their own resources and live in dignity and honour.

The school is under the religious jurisdiction of the Catholic Bishop of Varanasi. MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS IS THE PATRONESS of the school and its motto is "SERVE IN CHARITY".