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

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PRABHALAYA : newly constructed provincialate

 “Great ar e the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them”. Ps.111:2

 

The Sisters of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) were happy to have three Celebrants Archbishop Anil Couto, Archbishop Vincent Concessao and Archbishop Kuriakose Bharanikulangara for the Blessing Ceremony of our newly constructed provincialate on 24th February 2016.  Greeting of “Peace to this house and to all enter here”; Cutting the ribbon with invoking “Come, Lord Jesus”; Lighting the lamp with welcome “Christ, our True Light, let your light shine brightly in this place” and Blessing the entire house with holy water and with a prayer “Let your sweet presence always abide in this home and let your angels guard over all who dwell here” – all these solemn rites and moments enabled the participants of different religions participate in this meaningful function with quietness, respect and piety.

 

  Our hearts were filled with joy as the Eucharist was celebrated at the new chapel by the Archbishops and about sixty priests.  Archbishop Anil Couto in his homely reminded the sisters that we know the building is not an end for us to settle down, rather it is a means for us to achieve our purpose, that of proclamation of the Good News. We return to the building to be energized, relaxed, refreshed to continue joyfully God’s mission out there in the peripheries.  Even the administrative work is a mission at the service of the Institute. 

 

As expressed by Sr. Taurina Vaz, the FMM Provincial of Delhi Province, “this is a privileged and historic moment as the long awaited dream of the FMM Sisters of Delhi Province to have a proper Provincial house to meet our needs is accomplished today. We want our new house to stress the need to protect environment and highlight our works among the poor in northern India.” It is a green building our electricity will be entirely solar.

                     

 

Relief murals put up on the boundary wall depicting St Francis Assisi’s Canticle and statue of Mother Mary and Child Jesus squatting on a lotus in front of the house welcome visitors to the newly built headquarters of the Delhi province of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. The Canticle of the Sun, also known as Praise of the Creatures, is a religious song composed by Saint Francis of Assisi. It praises and thanks God for creations such as “Brother Fire” and “Sister Water.” The saint often referred to animals as brothers and sisters to Mankind, rejected material accumulation and chose “Lady Poverty” in place of sensual comforts. Sister Taurina said their congregation, which draws inspiration from the saint, would take up environmental protection and ecology in a special way. 

        Indeed, “In His time, He makes all things beautiful for all those who have placed their trust in Him”!