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.

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In Memory

Sr. Stephania Dass


Sr. Aloysius  Stephania Dass fmm  (M. Michael)

Sr. Stephania was born on 8th February, 1937 in Jabalpur. Her parents were Michael Dass and Mariam. Her mother died when she was very young, perhaps 7 years old and her father brought and left her in St. Norbert’s Convent to be taken care off. She was brought up by the FMMs. After that, her father never came to claim her. Many poor .children were taken in by the sisters during those years.  Some parents claimed their children at a later stage; but many were left behind, no one owning them. Stephania was one such child who grew up with us always with a great longing for her own people. She joined our Institute in Hanamkonda and made   her  First profession in Pune in1959 and the Final profession 19/03/1968.

 A hard working youngster, after becoming a religious   she expressed her desire to study and  become a teacher which she accomplished very successfully.   After her first vows she was sent on mission in the following places Kazipet, Ginabahar, Dostpur, Khatni,Pune, Ramnagar, Jabalpur, Jokbahla, Musgutri ,Trilokpuri, Shradhalaya and finally she took ill and was in St. Norbert’s, Jabalpur. She worked in the house in various capacities, in the boarding and in the school teaching and as Head Mistress.                            

Sr. Stephania was very simple and child like in her attitude and behavior. Very prayerful. Anyone could live with her peacefully. She was a life giver in the community, charitable and kind, cheerful and with a happy disposition, always very generous. She had great zeal for mission and thus giving Jesus to the children and adults. People loved her and she had many friends, young and old.

 At the end of her life, she lost her memory and was in coma for months before death. She breathed her on 21/08/2016  in St. Norbert’s Convent, Jabalpur. She was truly a Franciscan Missionary to the core always working for the poor and spreading “The Word of God among the poorest and wherever she was serving. May her soul rest in peace.