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 143rd 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

Flash Message


FEAST OF OUR MARTYRED SISTERS IN CHINA

                                      

Think of China, nothing looms large other than Corona. Yet we trace back the history some 120 years back, 9th July 1900. In China, religious freedom was at stake then, as evident in the happenings at Shanxi. A band of young international missionaries set out for China on 12th April,1899. While in service and getting acclimatised steadily they had to witness the breakout of the Boxers Revolution… strife, turmoil and bloodshed. On date a religious group was targeted including a bishop, Franciscan priests and brothers, laity and seven of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary  sisters ranging from 25 – 34 years    age. The bishop as a good pastor offered the possibility of evading being massacred by escaping in disguise. Mother Superior Marie Hermine de Jesus, responded in the name of all

"For the love of God, do not prevent us from dying with you. If our courage is weak… believe me that God who sends the test will give us strength to meet it bravely. We fear neither death nor torments… We came here to exercise charity and to shed our blood for the love of Jesus Christ if need be.” 

They were massacred on 9th July 1900 and the sad message reached Rome on 22nd September. The foundress Bl. Mary of the Passion exclaimed I can now say with St. Francis:" Now, I have seven true Franciscan Missionaries of Mary” On 1st October 2000, they were canonised with numerous other martyrs by St. John Paul II of happy memory.

Loving Lord give us the courage to face the present challenges with grace and faith