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



"God consecrates us in a religious Institute that is called to play a prophetic role in accordance with its foundation CHARISM. Through our fidelity to this consecration our life bears witness to the primacy of God’s love."Constitutions Art.1

Our charism is a gift, a grace, a seed that was sown in the fertile soul of our Mother, Blessed Mary of the Passion. This gift was revealed gradually through events, especially through the spirit acting within her, leading her, almost against her will, to accomplish God’s work. Mary of the Passion had lived and experienced the charism before she communicated it, through the witness of her life and sufferings as expressed, in her various writings. A woman of action, but above all a woman of deep prayer, she was the first to opt for active contemplation and contemplative action.


"Our charism, which God confided to Mary of the Passion, commits us to follow Christ as He gave himself up to the Father for the salvation of the world." Constitutions Art. 2

Self -offering remains the primary foundation of our whole spirituality and this integrates and unifies all the other elements. Mary of the Passion recommends us to live this self-surrender as ‘strong and peaceful’ women. It is the deep contemplation of Christ that fortifies us with courage and strengthens to respond to the love of the Lord, even to the point of laying down our life for others


"The mystery of salvation is actualized in the Eucharist: from our Eucharistic celebration and adoration springs the contemplative and missionary dynamism of our whole life” Const.Art 3. "

The strength to live this self-offering is drawn from the Holy Eucharist, offered, adored and contemplated every day . For Mary of the Passion, the Eucharist is the "fountain” which alone can quench our thirst for God, the irreplaceable spring of strength and love which makes us available for service and the inevitable trials of the missionary life. The Eucharistic sacrifice was the peak moment of the day, followed by the Eucharistic adoration and through the prolongation of this, the Franciscan Missionary of Mary fulfills her self - offering and her communion with God. . ……..


"As missionaries we are ready to go anywhere and to anyone to announce the Good News of salvation... giving preference to the poorest.” Const. Art.4

For Mary of the Passion the very purpose of the Institute was to announce to all the /reign of God. This universal concept of mission is clearly revealed in her writings on the Kingdom of God, sometimes called the kingdom of love, of charity, of justice, and kingdom of peace. Hence the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary promote the reign of God, through various activities as well as by the silent witness of their lives, by suffering through daily tensions, through painful physical infirmities and advancement in age. Since mission is an offering before it is an activity, every Franciscan Missionary of Mary, no matter what may be her work; her capacities, her age or her health, always remains a missionary.


"This charism is lived in the fundamental attitude that was Mary’s… she offered her whole being in complete and loving disponibility, in faith and humble service, so that the Spirit might carry out the Father’s work in her. Const. Art.2, "Inspiration for our prayer life comes from Mary, who marveled at God’s gratuitous gift, listened attentively to the Word of God and kept it in her heart. She was open to the needs of others...” Const.Art.10

The Marian inspiration set a mark on Mary of the Passion’s spiritual life, and is reflected in the charism. Mary becomes the "special way” of her missionaries . To live one’s life under God’s gaze, empty of everything else, the Franciscan Missionary of Mary discovers, like Mary, the secret of living two aspects of her womanly being: the strong woman who gives herself, and at the same time a woman hidden in her contemplation, loving to live in obscurity, thus harmonizing courageous missionary action and deep communion with God in intense prayer.


Like Francis, we desire above all else to Possess the Spirit of the Lord. Const. Art.11"We realize our vocation within the Franciscan way, living the Gospel in the midst of the world and following in the steps of the poor and humble Christ, in simplicity, peace and joy.” Const. Art.

Mary of the Passion loved to contemplate "the spirit of simplicity, poverty and sacrifice” in Francis. She integrated the charism into the rich Franciscan spirituality, underlining its two fundamental aspects: the spirit of exterior and interior poverty, and the spirit of minority. To be minor is to be an insignificant instrument in God’s hands, "a little nothing, offering oneself totally to the divine action "to be all things to all, "ready to serve in any situation, but equally ready to disappear when the good has been accomplished.” The unity of the charism finds greater depth and consolidation in the Franciscan way, which is that of the Gospel