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


"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.