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

Life Shared

New Awakening in Nilgiris (Ootacamund)



  Small beginnings  go a long way 






Under the able and agile leadership of Sr. Stella Balthazar F.m.m, a theologian cum an efficient social worker, at present the Superior of Nazareth Convent, Nilgiri, along with the support of her sisters and a group of good willed women has managed to bring the Church and the district leaders with authority together, to launch a movement of cleanliness obviously ignored by the users of the road. What is a group of 20 women in a site that is crowded and visited by throngs of people due to its God given beauty, colour and richness of nature? These women are of a special category ordinarily pitied and easily forgotten left to fend for their livelihood. Widows they are, with no helpful support but together they come forward to shoulder a cause for the well being of others. This is the kind of change and contribution that is needed in our society. Instead of waiting change to happen they cause it to happen.

Great women indeed not doing the impossible but under the title of “Nilgiri Nila” ‘The moon of Nilgiris’ they shall shine their light on the minds of the people when they tread on the streets that are clean for a change because of them.

We have seen the P.M do this! Ministers do this! We see the Bishop do this! Priest and sisters too!! Whatever others may do, the real change will happen when you and I begin. Shall we join the ranks and become a part of the happening in our own locality.  Our Heartfelt wishes to the team to be clean and ever green!.


"No one person has to do it all but if each one of us follow our heart and our own inclinations we will find the small things that we can do to create a sustainable future and a healthy environment."John Denver