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

A loving tribute to dear Sr. Lucy Devassy Pazhayakat FMM


                      22 -3 – 1943  to  4 -1-2020

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”  Leonardo da Vinci

Sr. Lucy Devassy Pazhayakat was born on 22nd March 1945, in Edakochi, Kochi Diocese Kerala as the 3rd daughter of the 13 children of P.B Devassy and V.T. Saramma. She entered her novitiate in Bangalore on 11th June 1967. Her first vows was in 13th June 1970 and final commitment was in Palluruthy on 17th June 1976. Sr. Lucy did her teacher’s training in Palluruthy. She did her theological training for a year in Bangalore.

                          All the convents of Kerala region except Manjapetty, Idukki, she served as superior, Teacher, Guide captain, Youth animator and Pastoral worker. She gave herself whole-heartedly to whatever mission entrusted to her. She had a very good skill in relating to all and she used this skill in her life and ministry and so was  loved her very much by the people.

 She had a special concern for the poor, walking miles to reach out to their needs. Early morning, she went to the colonies to gather the children and bring them to the school where she was teaching. She found joy in sharing her views and thoughts which enlightened their life journey. Sr. Lucy visited frequently the old age homes at Cattiparambu and considered them as her own. They were also fond of her. As Mary of the Passion says, “All world is my home” she followed it literally in her mission. She served about 10 years in Rome and Ghana  in Africa. She loved singing and played musical instruments thus helping people to pray and to lift everyone’s heart to God.

She was highly diabetic and suffered from breast cancer. But the Lord had given her enough strength to bare. For about four years she was confided to bed. Even then she was attending mass and community prayers through microphone. Since her health was worsening, she received the last sacrament on 1st January 2020.  The last two days she was externally on drips and before her death, she was given the oxygen mask to support her breathing. As she loved her family dearly most of her family members were present to witness Sr. Lucy’s returning home. The sisters also surrounded her bed praying and singing as she went to receive her eternal reward. On 4th January 2020, Saturday at 9.15pm she breathed her last at the age of 75 .

          Sr. Lucy’s family members remarked that she kept up a good sisterly relationship with the family without interfering in their family matters. She was a prayerful support for them. She was very calm and quiet in all her dealings. She was a fun loving person bringing joy to whomever she met. We thank God for Sr. Lucy and for all the services that she rendered to the institute and to the people in her mission. We also thank God for all her family members who willingly offered her to our institute.        

We believe that she is enjoying the bliss of Heaven