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

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In Memory

Sr. Mary Vareed Chakramakkil F.M.M


Sr. Mary Vareed Chakramakkil, so fondly known by her  religious name ‘Francina’ so tender hearted and strong in words lived her life very fathfully until March 2017. It was then that she was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. She was resigned and prepared magnanimously to meet the Lord at any time.  On 22nd June, 2017 at 5.45 a.m. the Lord visited her and took her to Himself. She was eighty eight years old.


   Nothing can conquer her soaring spirit, ever straight forward, she was very thoughtful and generous towards every one around her.

    Sr. Francina, was  a person full of creativity, a great achiever and a   perfectionist. As a teacher, she  encouraged students to participate in various competitions and they always returned with prizes and trophies.  She had an intuitive mind in selecting students who would use their creativity to the maximum.  She was the  headmistress in the  Primary sections both in Our Lady’s Convent, Thoppumpady and in Cattiparambu.  She regularly visited her students’ houses and was always concerned about them and cared for their well being

 Even after  her  retirement from School, she was a uniting force in gathering the retired teachers for regular prayer and meetings. .  Sr. Francina’s life was a testimony of hard work and enthusiasm. Every year for Mission Sunday’s sale she surprised all with many handmade Rosaries and embroidered handkerchiefs.   As a true missionary, she was disponible to go anywhere and commit herself to any type of   work with utmost perfection. She was the animator of Communities both in Karnataka and Kerala region.  Sisters in her  community continue to miss this dear Sister, her hearty laughter, brisk walk and sisterly support.  She continues to be present in the hearts of many. 

                                          MAY  HER  SOUL  REST  IN  PEACE!