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

Sr. Francisca Fernandes in Heavenly Abode


Sr. Francisca Fernandes in Heavenly Abode


Dear Sisters                   

I would like to inform you that our dear  Sr. Francisca Sabina FERNANDES (Charles of the Immaculate Conception) who passed away on 3rd April 2019 at around 11.00 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Home, Mumbai. Sr. Francisca was suffering from acute arthritis and other age related ailments.  Last few months she was confined to bed and her health gradually deteriorated making her very feeble. The sisters took good care of sister Francisca specially during her last days to ease her pain and prayed with her. This morning the  Lord called her to himself and relieved of her all pain and discomfort. May she enjoy eternal peace.
Sr. Francisca was a simple, humble, joyful and a guileless person. She was kind, hardworking, approachable and sincere in fulfilling any ministry that was entrusted to her.  She was mostly involved in the simple works in different communities in the provinces of Bangalore and Mumbai which she did with much love and joy. She was a friendly person and loved the sisters in the community.  She was deeply spiritual and lived the Franciscan values in an unassuming manner in her life. Sr. Francisca loved  and enjoyed playing music, she was an organist in many of the communities. The last few years due to her painful arthritis she had to forego playing the organ.  She must be definitely enjoying the heavenly music with the choirs of angels.  She was 85 years old.
Romaldina Rebello fmm