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

In Memory


"And Death is our sister, we praise Thee for Death, who releases the soul to the light of Thy gaze; and dying we cry with the last of our breath, our thanks and our praise."

The dying words of St. Francis of Assisi.


Like St. Francis of Assisi, Sr. Annam Paulose (Leonie) seemed so familiar in  welcoming sister death. She breathed her last on 18th November 2018 at 5 p.m. in the midst of the community sisters and the family members praying.. Even though   Sr. Leoni was confined to bed for past few years, she was a unifying  person in the community and in the  family.


 Sr. Leoni was born to Mr. Paulose and Miriyam on 12th July, 1932 at  Chalakkudi, Kerala. She was the youngest loved daughter among five children. Growing up in a traditional Christian  family, she had an inner desire to be a missionary. She joined the FMM congregation in 1955 at Our Lady's convent, Thoppumpady.  She made her first profession on 15th October 1956 and the final profession on  19th  March 1966. Being  in charge of the  commissioner's work, she toiled  tirelessly to sell  the embroidery products. From the  early stage of her religious life, she was totally committed  and responsible to the  mission entrusted to her.  Through her selfless service, she  has touched the hearts of many people and helped them to become self sufficient.  In dealing with the people she was  affectionate, kind  and gentle ever ready to go the extra mile.


Even though Sr.Leoni suffered age related ailments and diseases, she had a tremendous  capacity to endure the aches and pains. During her last days, when words failed to communicate, her smile conveyed everything that she wanted to express.  

 Sr. Jesintha Lakra.