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The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary

St Agnes College (as it was originally called) was established in 1962 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.  They were an institute that, in the spirit of Francis of Assisi, lived in simplicity according to the Gospel and found strength for mission in the contemplation of the Eucharist.

Blessed Helene de Chappotin

Foundress of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Helene de Chappotin was born in Nantes, Brittany, France, on 21st May, 1839.  She grew up happily in the old Chateau du Fort near Nantes with her own family and that of her ten cousins.  The experience of the death of her cousin, followed by that of her two older sisters influenced her young life profoundly.

All the time God was preparing her with great love and gentleness.  She had a great thirst for what she called the absolute.  In 1856 she had a spiritual experience which coloured her whole life – God revealed to her his love and his beauty.  She became convinced that her way was to be the religious life.

A period of research and waiting followed, marked by the sudden death of her mother who could not resign herself to her daughter’s vocation.  This was a very painful time for Helene and her plans were put on hold.  In 1860 she entered the Poor Clares in Nantes.  Just a year later ill health forced her to leave.  Four years later she entered the Sisters of Marie Reparatrice in Paris.  Here she received the name of Mary of the Passion and was sent on mission to India.  She remained in India for eleven years – the final stage of the long preparation which led her to found a Missionary Institute.

In 1876 a series of painful and contradictory circumstances led her to leave the Congregation of Marie Reparatrice with some twenty other sisters.  She returned to Rome and on 6th January, 1877 Pope Pius IX authorized the foundation of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.

Mary of the Passion died peacefully in San Remo, Italy on 15th November, 1904.  Blessed Helene de Chappotin was beatified in 2002.

 

 
   
  
  
   
  
 

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      Address
      Evans Road
      Rooty Hill  NSW  2766

      Postal Address
      PO Box 24
      Rooty Hill  NSW  2766

      E-Mail
      stagnes@parra.catholic.edu.au

      Phone
      8882 0700

      Fax
      8882 0790


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