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

Sr.Vimamala Bhai - Congo Brazza



The sisters met in St. Thomas Convent,Chennai on August 2nd 2016 around 6.oo pm for a mission sending prayer service as Sr. Vimala Bhai is set to launch on her mission abroad in Congo Brazza.  She will be the fifteenth sister from Chennai Province to be sent. She is on her way to France to equip herself with the language. Sisters in large numbers attended the service. Sr. Leena D’Souza gave her a message cum blessing and Sr. Vimala expressed her sentiments mixed with fear, eagerness and generosity. Sisters’ presence and wishes strengthened her. Our prayers accompany her and others in mission too. No doubt, the meeting and exchange among sisters around table amply provided was a joyous one.