Mendonca studied from 1976 to 1980 Catholic theology at St. Peter's Pontifical Institute of Theology in Bangalore (Bachelor of Theology). She then spent ten years in the education and training in the Order of Sisters of St. Anne. She again studied theology at the Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Theology Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth , Pune ( Master of Theology ). She became an active member of the Ashirvad community . The organization serves the reconciliation of peoples, cultures and religions in India and she designed and supported it for programs and projects. From 1997 to 2001, she completed a postgraduate degree in Catholic theology in the work area of Practical Theology / Religious Education at the Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen. With her dissertation, "Symbol and Interreligious Dialogue in Raimon Panikkar and Their Relevance for Interreligious Education in India ", she became a doctor of theology with the highest distinction. Since 1993, Clemens Mendonca is Managing Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion . She also lectured in theology, religious education and catechetical programs of the Asian Bishops' Conference ( Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences , short FABC ). Since 2004, she advises the FABC theology in ecumenical and interfaith issues. She also specialized in educational, cultural and religious matters in Asia. One focus of her research activity and project is the role and status of women in India's multi-cultural and multi-religious context. She cooperates with the Department of Catholic Theology of the University of Frankfurt,, jointly with Frankfurter Professors in Pune.
Publications: Dynamics of symbol and dialogue interreligious education in India : the relevance of Raimon Panikkar's intercultural challenge (Lit Munster 2002) and Symbol and Interreligious Dialogue (Lit Munster 2005)