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.

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Life Shared

Principals' Meeting at Ootacamund - Delhi province

Principals' meeting at Ootacamund

  

We thank Sr. Taurina for giving us this golden opportunity to attend this renewal secession. We are privileged and fortunate and are grateful for this opportunity given. The birth place of our Institute has been chosen aptly for the renewal session for the principals of Delhi Province. This is the first initiative made by Sr. Taurina. Thank you Sr. Regina for generously sharing  your knowledge about M. Passion  with such enthusiasm and fervor.  Heartfelt  gratitude to Sr. Stella Balthazar and community for taking care of our spiritual and physical needs with utmost care and affection. We pray for God’s blessings upon Sr. Valsa - the Provincial Sr. Anastas and community at Coimbatore and on all our sisters at Kotagiri, Lovedale, Ketti and Nanjanad for your love and concern during our pilgrimage.

Sisters share their view

My heart overflows with deep gratitude and joy as I share my experience at Ooty, the cradle of our Institute. I thank Sr. Taurina for giving me this golden opportunity to attend this renewal secession. I am a privileged and fortunate one. As I stepped into Nilgiris Hill, I saw the blew mountains tall and huge trees touching the sky, the deep valleys, the green carpet of tea plantation and the variety of flowers which gives beauty to the nature. I felt convinced that Mamma Passion’s spirit is active and alive even today in this holy ground.

Through daily meditations and sessions on Mary of the Passion helped me to rediscover her deep spirituality and Charism. I am inspired and challenged by her very life, not to fail in truth and charity in face of problems and sufferings. I have deepened my love for Mary of the Passion and for her writings. I am encouraged and renewed and re-energized to become a transformed leader in the community and in the mission.

                                                                                                                                        Bridget Ekka fmm, Dostpur

“If only you knew the gift of God” M.M.P

Yes, those gifts are numerous the mighty eucalyptus trees, exotic flowers, the tea plantations spread like the green carpet, the blue clouds lying low, the silence of the mountains, the whispering of the wind, the inspiring graves of our sisters who have gone to their heavenly reward and the challenging life of our sisters of Nazareth community.

OH! There is another set of precious gifts given to me by God, Mamma Passion, the Charism the Institute and constitution.

Today I hear a call to make myself a gift to God and to His people. It is actualized by dying to myself, contemplating the crucified Christ and reaching out to the under privileged with love and compassion. Bl. Mary of the Passion sends me out with the same old mission of education but with a new meaning and a new definition. I realize that I have to make Mary of the Passion alive and vibrant in my mission. She is the source, I am called to continue what she has handed over to me. She attained higher self in her call to victimhood.May Bl. Mary of the Passion teach me to say “All I want is the good pleasure of God”, who is perfect God

                                                                                                                                     Irene Mathias fmm, Mater Dei

An Amazing Experience

Nature around us speaks of your love. The vast expansion of the sky, the mountains, trees, valleys, lakes and everything else speaks of God’s great desire. Words cannot adequately express the magnificence of your creation. It can be experienced by the soul and my soul has always experienced your majestic love. Oh, dear blessed Marry of the Passion, you still remain above all and you gave your life so that a new world would come in truth of charity. I am deeply grateful to you dear mother and pray that I may follow in your footsteps by keeping FMM Charism, The sisterly love for one another which is our strength and our mission. I could experience the spirit of Blessed Mary of the Passion still active and alive.

Through the sessions, I felt renewed and reenergized. I express these words as an honor to our loving mother:

A good woman never dies,

           In worthy deeds,

                  And helpful hands and  honest eyes.

                          If  smiles or tears be there.

                                 Who lives for you alone.

                                         Lives for  the world.

                                                And she lives eternally,

                                                         A good woman never dies.

                             Kiran Kerketta fmm, Varanasi

 

A live telecast from Ooty

The beauty of nature is a gift of God

The beauty of the cradle of our Institute is a gift of God

The beauty of our FMM vocation is a gift of God

The beauty of our beloved mother foundress is a gift of God.

The beauty of our FMM Charism is a gift of God

The beauty of the Eucharist and the strength drives us from adoration is the gift of God

The beauty of contemplating the merciful Christ in his Paschal Mystery is a gift of God

The beauty of hidden life of Nazareth in living like Mary is a gift of God.

The beauty of poverty and minority and building the church like Francis is a gift of God.

The beauty of total self-offering like Mamma Passion brings to a continual surrender is a gift of God.

The beauty of our service in love truth and charity for the poor and needy is a gift of God

The beauty of universal mission calls us to mission Christ is a gift of God

The beauty of suffering in life brings communion with God is a gift of God

The beauty of our authentic life in the modern world is a gift of God

            

              Oh! You are like a fire fly

              Dancing in the dark night

              What makes you glow so?

              Oh prosperous alive light bearer

              It is because the life of Christ shines in you

              Through you light up the darkness in the world.

Now the gift is given to me “The gift of God”.

Let me live it to the full in my life. O Mamma your missionary zeal, dedication, dynamic and daring self-offering, suffering, truth and charity and prayer have moved and touched my heart to begin a new and passion for mission. Your Charism is fully alive and active even today and inspiring countless people round the world and working many miracles. I return each moment of my life to drink the source of the Charism and become a Gospel woman of today.

                                                                                                                                     Emelda  Kujur  fmm, Kansabel

Breaking news from Nilgiris hill

I have dreamed many dreams, which have not come true, but the dream of coming to Ooty has been fulfilled today.

In this year of Mercy the birth place of our Institute has been chosen aptly for the renewal session for the principals of Delhi Province. This is

As I entered Ooty, I could see deep valleys, lofty mountains, and silver white

clouds, huge and tall trees, plants and variety of flowers and all these gave me a wow experience. It seems to me like heaven. The sudden rain and cool weather was very pleasant for our stay.

Morning meditation and sessions on Mother Foundress has helped me to deepen the Charism and her spirituality in my life. Through her sufferings, she discovered God’s plan in her life. She never failed in truth and charity. I am inspired by her life not to fail in truth and charity in face of trails and sufferings. She drew her strength and courage from the Eucharistic Lord. I felt the nature and atmosphere here speak about Mary of the Passion. I cherish all these to live my life in the spirit of Mamma Passion

                                                                                                                            Mary Grace Kindo fmm, Majghain

 

The victim vocation the total self-offering Home Sweet Home at Ootacamund! The cradle of our Institute. The word ‘Welcome Home’ which was placed on the bedroom table made a deep impression in my heart. Every night I spent a few minutes pondering over it with gratitude and affection. What a joy to belong to this awesome family. The spirit of Bl. Mary of the Passion is vibrant in the air at Ootacamund. Bethlehem and Nazareth the houses she built, the chapel she prayed, the chair she sat, the bed she slept, embroidery that she made, with her own hand everything speaks volumes about her and her mission great mission.

The magnificent ‘Chamilia’ tree that she planted 139 years ago exhibits her own magnanimity.. The intense pain Mary of the Passion went through before the birth of our Institute and at the infant stage of our Institute enables me understand the deeper meaning of our Charism. The victim vocation - the total offering. This also gives meaning to my own sufferings.

I thank God for all our sisters at Ootacamund who keep the spirit of Mary of the Passion alive and vibrant. Thank you Sr. Regina for generously sharing your  knowledge about M. Passion with such enthusiasm and fervor. Heart felt gratitude to Sr. Stella Balthazar and community for taking care of our spiritual and physical needs with utmost care and affection. Pray for God’s blessings upon Sr. Valsa - the Provincial Sr. Anastas and community at Coimbatore and on all our sisters at Kotagiri, Lovedale, Ketti and Nanjanad for your love and concern during our pilgrimage.

                                                                                                                                                       Stella Joseph fmm

A life time Experience

It was an awesome experience to be in Ooty, the cradle of our Institute. I never thought I will be able to see this abode of God’s place but a big dream came true through the person of Sr. Taurina as she kindly arranged a pilgrimage to our M other Foundress Bl. Mary of the Passion for all the principals of Delhi Province.

These are my insights and inspiration from the secessions, on transforming leadership by Sr. Stella Balthazar, Mary of the Passion by Sr. Regina and guidance given by Sr. Taurina. A meaningful thought for  this day. To have higher thought  in my being and doing.

Sr. Stella Balthazar -To have value based management. To have new spirituality everyday. Take assistance of Mary of the Passion in everything

Sr. Regina- Deep love and reverence for M. of the Passion. Come to know the hidden truth of M. of the Passion. Face conflicts and trails with the spirituality of Mary of the Passion.

Challenged to live faith, hope and charity.Guidelines of M. of the Passion to directress and teachers

Sr. Taurina-   Let go let come. Learn to say ‘No’ to myself

Begin mission with newness

Dynamic thoughts

Great trust in oneself                                                                                                Mary Kusum Tirkey fmm, Jokbahla

 

In the cradle of the Institute - Ooty

Amidst the Blue Mountains and Hills…

Full of love and cheer welcomed us all into the cradle

Peaceful and quiet Nilgiri hills

Hold variety of race and colour

Here the ardent FMMs serve

Thousands of  students  and people rich and poor.

 

There comes a true daughter of Mamma- Regina

Full of love and spirit of Mamma

Imparted the life and Charism of our foundress

Created in us a thirst for her and the Institute.

 

Self- offering victim vocation Mary’s Ecce and Fiat

Francis and mission are the elements

We take along to be beckons of light

In our own mission as transformed FMM leaders

 

If we love our mother Foundress

Then we will listen to her words too

The more I learn the more longings

And the demands she creates in me!

 

All thanks to Sr. Taurina our provincial

Innovative in her ways and life

Brought us to this Holy Abode of Nazareth

To get the glimpse of our foundress and her daughters

 

To be imbibed by her very presence

Renewed and refreshed we return to our mission

Hail Jesus our true way and life

Hail Bl. Mary of the Passion.

 

To be imbibed by her very presence

Renewed and refreshed we return to our mission

Hail Jesus our true way and life

Hail Bl. Mary of the Passion.

 

                            Pushpa Rani fmm, Ginabahar

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