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

Inspiration

Mother of OURs - Bl. Mary of the Passion

                                                                           

Mother of Ours - Bl. Mary of the passion

 

A point in time

Saw our mother in pain struggling to give birth

To a new embodiment of God’s will -

The  Institute  of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.

Born in a family that was intellectual and spiritual

She was brought up in ways that are true, good and noble.

 

As a sapling ever in search of the light,

She was sure to respond in a befitting manner.

A loving child of her parents, bright and promising

Had her own plans - To be and not to be!

 

God had His eye on her; spoke to her in ways beyond comprehension.

A mystical invitation to her core,

The rest suddenly turned a bore.

Bidding adieu to her many loved ones

She chose to enter the Clarists ‘cos of the Franciscan charm.

 

God’s ways were different...

She was directed to join the Marie Reparatrice - a missionary Institute.

Though short be the stay there, varied were her experiences

That made her ready for the next move.

 

With a small band of sisters, feeling one at heart

Through hurdles they passed, staying united to achieve their cause.

The Church was open. Their hearts were docile.

 The Spirit claimed them and led on ways incomprehensible then.

 The birth of the Fmm Institute on epiphany day, 1877

Was surely the evidence of God’s favour.

 

 The first ever missionary Institute for women

To care and serve the least- in particular the lepers

To take the side of women in their claim for dignity and equality

Through imparting of knowledge and providing skills for life

Utilizing the media of printing to share and communicate life and grace

She inspired and ennobled her daughters near and far

To live a life, worthy of  the   call.

 

Our Mother   Mary of the Passion was true to her name

A  foundress of a specific way of life- new and different

Specifics of contemplation and mission in fusion

Seeking strength and support in Eucharistic adoration

With humble Mary and Simple Francis for inspiration

She modeled and invited her daughters to selfless dedication.

 

Nov 15, 1904 she breathed her last, whispering

“If the Institute was my work, it would perish with me.

But it is God’s work and it will live.”

And to the Joy of all, John Paul II beatified her as BL. Mary of the Passion

On Mission Sunday, 20th October, 2002.