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Franciscan Missionaries of Mary nuns begin 3-year preparation for 150 anniversary

Holy Hour for the intention of Pope Francis and the launching of the 3-year preparation for the 150th founding anniversary of the Institute. (Photo: Facebook: Franciscan Missionaries of Mary - General House in Rome)

The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) nuns worldwide are set to begin their three-year preparation for the institute's 150 years of existence.

“In 2027, we will celebrate 150 years of the existence of the Institute. At this time of new beginnings, the proximity of this anniversary is an invitation to continue walking towards the transformation we need, guided by the Spirit who helps us to live our purpose in today’s world,” said Sister Eufemia Glenny, superior general of FMM.

On April 8, 2024, the 150-year jubilee will open. 

For 2024–2026, the congregation has chosen a specific theme for its members to reflect on: "Listening to the breath of God in us” (2024), “Recognizing the breath of God in Mary the Passion” (2025), and “Breathe with God ‘Here I am!’” (2026).

The Sesquicentennial celebration will be on January 6, 2027, with the theme “Here I am’ each and every day.”

During the 150th anniversary logo and three years of preparation, the institute took the time to think about the beautiful points of each of its members who lived with FMM as a symbol of unity.

They pray for each of the sisters with gratitude for the grace they give and receive from each other, just as they are.

“We give words of encouragement while exchanging the 150th-anniversary prayer with the sisters. We do not walk our paths alone; we seek to recognize that we are companions on this journey, lifting each other and moving forward,” said an FMM nun.

Hélène de Chappotin (1839–1904), also known as Mary of the Passion, founded the FMM congregation on January 6, 1877, in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu, south India.

The FMM nuns have been working in education, health, social work, and pastoral work. Besides, they promote women’s rights and their empowerment. 

Over the years, they have been working in the most perilous situations or missions. For example, in 1900, seven FMM nuns became martyrs in China. In 2000, they were canonized. 

They are working in 19 Asian countries, such as China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

They are present in Africa (23 countries), Oceania (Australia), Latin America (10 countries), North America (two countries), and Europe (18 countries).


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