The first missionary religious congregation for women in the history of the Church and the world is the Institute of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary founded in 1877 by BL. Mary of the Passion, now in the 139th year of its course.

Franciscan in its essence.
Missionary in its services
Mary - like in its approach.

» Dedicated to universal mission

» Seek strength from the Eucharist

» And offer ourselves in challenging services

Foundress

Blessed Mary of the Passion (1839-1904)

Helen de Chappotin, adolescent.
She was born in Nantes, France in 1839.

At the age of 21 Helen entered the Poor Clares in Nantes where she had a deep spiritual experience which marked her whole life.

She had to leave the monastery because of ill health.

She then entered the Sisters of Marie Reparatrix in Toulouse in 1864, and in 1865 she was sent to the Mission of Madurai in India.

Through tragic circumstances, God led her, in 1877, to found the Institute of the Missionaries of Mary which became the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1882.

She breathed her last in San Remo in Italy on the 15th of November 1904. Her immortal remains are enshrined in the Blue Chapel in our generalate house in Rome. Pope John Paul II beatified her on 20th October 2002.

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