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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Celebrating Differences

India is a country of many ethnic groups, many religions, dialects, regional variations – a land of myriad tongues- numerous modes of apparel and countless mannerisms. For the most part, the continental size of the country accounts for the variations and diversities. But there is a basic unity that runs through the Indian mainstream of life and thought.

Stella Maris College is a family with such rich and varied heritage. The college incorporates students from different nations across the globe and also from different states of India ,with linguistic and ethnic variations. This unity amidst diversities is the hallmark of the Stella Marian Family.


The inaugural mass was celebrated on July 10, 2013 with much devotion and fervour. ‘Celebrating differences’ being the underlying theme of the year, the Eucharistic celebration featured groups representing different religions, nationalities and cultures of India.




Rev. Dr. Vincent Sekhar,S.J., Executive Director, Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religions, Loyola College, Chennai, was the Celebrant of the inaugural Mass. In his homily the celebrant highlighted the inclusive attitude of Jesus towards the Samaritan woman. He also explained that the Spirit gives varieties of gifts to each one for growth and fulfillment in life. He  also focused on dialogue as evolving conflict resolution that can establish peaceful pro-existence between religious and cultural groups and foster respect and proper understanding of the dignity of difference in a multi-cultural society.


The diversity was also evidenced through the various hymns sung in English, Malayalam and Tamil. The inaugural mass exemplified oneness and what it means to be a part of a college that draws future citizens belonging to different religions and nationalities from around the world. We hope that this Eucharistic Celebration will take us further to live the values of peace and harmony and enable us to go beyond our differences and unite us together as a family.  May this be a small initiative to realize Jesus’ vision of the Kingdom - a new world-order of human fellowship.

  Sr. Maria Sundari FMM.