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.

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Invocation

Maman's day - Death of One, life for many

Mother foundress Bl. Mary of the Passion

 

Through the roads of pain and struggle

Journeyed she from Ootacamund to Rome

For the seal of the Church, to carry on

The inspired mission to Christ so dear

To  far and distant lands,

Where Christ and his love is least known.

 

Sanctioned at last she was brisk to her task

Of sending in small numbers

On invitation to places far and wide

To  make Christ   known and serve his people there.

 

Numerous were the candidates eager to join

The first missionary congregation for women

Her life, her spirit and writings inspired her daughters

Fuelled  with  the same love  for the Church and souls.

 

On 14th November we fondly remember

The passing of moments of Maman so dear

A life lived with gusto, now breathing faint

Only to respond as always to the call of God

This time the final! 1904

 

Her end was love, her breath was mission

In truth and charity to reach one and all

And  to  offer to God, her all.

Mother dear, bless your children here

To make  your dream come true for sure.

 

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