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Our history - The risk of expansion

The Congregation was only two years in existence when Mother Mary of Jesus was asked to make a foundation in India.

This was the beginning of the expansion of the Congregation in France, India, England, Belgium, La Reunion, Italy, Mauritius, Ireland and Spain. This development met with the missionary aspirations of the Foundress: “without fearing either dangers,  sufferings, or fatigue,  we will therefore go wherever the charity of Jesus Christ is pleased to call us, and, protected by Mary our Mother, devote ourselves with joy to the service of the Lord”. (Le 13)


Mother Mary of Jesus knew times of joy, difficulties, struggles and also peaceful assurance in her role as Foundress. In 1863 she received canonical recognition and a first encouragement from Pope Pius IX. The generalate house was established in Rome in 1865. With the help of Fr. Ginhac s.j., the Foundress continued the elaboration of the Constitutions which were approved definitively, after her death, by Leo XIII in 1883.

After the communities of Strasbourg and Paris, Mother Mary of Jesus with her usual untiring zeal and passion, founded twenty communities in eight countries. She died in Florence on February 22, 1878, at 59 years of age.

She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 12, 1997.


Who was this woman?
What was her experience of God’s Call?
What were the beginnings of the Congregation?
The risk of expansion
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