Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM)

The FMM Institute – Foundation

The Institute is the work of God
(Blessed Mary of the Passion)

How did the Institute come into being?

The first days of the year 1877 found Mary of the Passion in Rome. After twelve years of fruitful missionary work in India as a member of the Society Mary Reparatrice, unforeseen circumstances obliged her to change her first orientation.

Loyally, she came to Rome – as did Francis before her with his first companions – seeking light from the successor of Peter, Pius IX. To take this step, she had to tear herself away from the community in Ootacamund, in the vicariate of Coimbatone.

While sixteen sisters remained in India, three of them accompanied her to Rome. They found lodgings in Via Santa Chiara, a narrow street near the Pantheon. Torn between anxiety and hope, they prayed, while waiting for the situation to be clarified.

In Rome on the 6th January 1877, the Feast of the Epiphany, the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, Pope Pius IX authorized the foundation of the Missionaries of Mary specially dedicated to the missions, in the Diocese of Coimbatone.

The sisters in Ootacamund like those in Rome welcomed this news with joy.

The Institute came into being in India !

“Let us rejoice that our Institute came into being on thisfeast of the Epiphany. Let us bless St. Francis who at the same time, through his successor, gave us the promise that we would always find shelter under his mantle, and let us also recall the counsel given us at this time: To find a place under this mantle, to be a ray of the Immaculate Starwhich calls souls to Jesus, you must be very pure and very little”.

(Meditation of Mary of the Passion)

FRANCISCAN MISSIONARIES OF MARY IN THE HISTORY OF MYANMAR

INVITATION TO THE FRANCISCAN MISSIONARIES OF MARY – 1898

In 1896 Rev. Father Wehinger M.E. P., the Founder and Father of St. John Leprosarium of Mandalay set out to Rome. In Rome he was looking for religious who would take care of his Institute and help him in his works of mercy. Eventually he met Mary of the Passion, the Foundress of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in Rome. It was indeed this happy meeting of these two saintly persons that the way of Myanmar was opened to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.

After receiving the blessing from Pope Leo XIII, Marie de St. Damien and another five sisters departed from Myanmar Naing Ngan. They arrived Mandalay on January 19th 1898. Rev. Fr. Antoine Usse M.E.P. was then the Bishop of Mandalay – Vicariate. Rev. Fr. Wehinger warmly welcomed the newly arrived Franciscan Missionaries of Mary among his poor of the poor. Marie de St. Damien and her companions saw the Asylum all still under construction. Much had to be done yet. They were offered a wooden pavilion for their home. And this was completely surrounded by the poor of the place. However, it was Marie de St. Damien and the community who opened the first page of the history of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in Myanmar, in a most genuine way of St. Francis – option for the poor.

In 1903, the premises of the Asylum of Mandalay began to take its shape through the untiring efforts of Rev. Fr. Wehinger. The construction of the home was completed, including a big convent for the sisters and a Chapel made of brick and wood. In the month of June 1903, the sisters were able to have the Blessed Sacrament in their ownChapel and thus had the great joy of having the Lord with them during the adoration.

“When I learn that my daughters are caring for the poor old people whose bodies are so covered by sores that they can be touched only under the arms and when I think that at Mandalay and Yangon they have devoted themselves to this ministry, I feel more sure of the future of the Institute…..” (Mary of the Passion)

The sisters devoted their lives for the lepers and they served them with joy till the year of 1965. (When I was sick and you visited me. Mt 25:36)

Today, one hundred and forty-six Myanmar fmm sisters are working in the different fields, spreading in the twenty houses in Yangon and Mandalay Archdioceses, Myitkyina, Banmaw, Hakha and Kalay Dioceses.

The FMM Institute – a Spirit (CHARISM)

«The truth is that we are called to love, that He is always with us and that all He is, is ours. Everything is there.» (Blessed Mary of the Passion, Spiritual Notes, 1888)

“Franciscan Missionaries of Mary”:- What does this name mean?

To be Franciscan Missionary of Mary: –
is to commit oneself in an extraordinary adventure which fascinates:
it is to let ourselves be led by the Love of God which consecrates us and calls us to know Him,
to love Him and to serve Him;
it is to feel oneself sent and to go to meet the peoples to share their lives and to discover the mystery which each human person is; it is to live with respect, humility and minority before each creature…

“To fulfil its mission, the Institute needs the spirit of Francis of Assisi.”
(Blessed Mary of the Passion)

The years have passed, the faces have changed, but the mission continues always more current.

Today, almost 7000 Franciscan Missionaries of Mary from 81 nationalities, open to Universal Mission, like Francis, travel up and down the roads of 76 countries, throughout the five continents.

Today – like yesterday – the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary live Love and express it in multiple ways: it is called strength of life, newness of the Gospel, passion, daring, risk, commitment for justice.

It becomes a face, a word, a meeting, a dialogue, a presence, an outstretched hand. It is interrogation, questioning, risk and choice, peace and reconciliation, offering and gift, consecration and prayer, new life and hope.

The FMM Institute – a Mission

For the mission and its risk, Mary of the Passion wanted us
to be disponible and strong in faith, ready to leave
everything and to go wherever we are sent
(Constitutions 40)

Today – like yesterday – we are disponible for Universal Mission, ready to leave our countries or to remain there, according to the calls of mission in order to go anywhere and to anyone to announce the Good News of salvation, we are sent in priority to those to whom Christ has not yet been revealed and to those to whom the Church is least present, giving preference to the poorest. (Constitutions 4).

«The Christ whom we contemplate send us out to our brothers and sisters in whom we discover his hidden presence. And our brothers and sisters send us back to the contemplation of Christ. »
(Constitutions 3)

God sends us to those who are still waiting for Christ to be announced and testified: to those whose faces are lined by suffering, destitution, rejection, and exclusion…

From them we learn the deep values and human frailties at the heart of different cultural expressions.

With them we learn solidarity and we struggle for justice.

In them we discover the signs of the Kingdom already present; we gather their expectations which rush usbecause of a new life which is in gestation.

Our mission becomes a response to the calls and necessities of the Church like the needs of the world in mutation, according to our Charism.

CHARISM သီးသန္႔ေက်းဇူးေတာ္ (၅) ခု

  1. Franciscan – စိန္ဖရန္စစ္ကဲ့သို႔ဆင္းရဲႏိွမ့္ခ်ေသာစိတ္ထားျမတ္ကို လက္ခံက်င့္သံုးျခင္း။
  2. Missionaries – ေစလိုရာေစ စိတ္ဓါတ္ျဖင့္ ေနရာအႏွံ႔သြားေရာက္သာသနာျပဳျခင္း။
  3. Mariam – မယ္ေတာ္ကဲ့သို႔ ဘုရားသခင္၏အလိုေတာ္ကို ေလွ်ာက္လွမ္းရန္ အၿမဲ အဆင္သင့္ စိတ္ထားကိုက်င့္သံုးျခင္း။
  4. Adorers – ကိုယ္ေတာ္ျမတ္ဖူးေျမာ္ျခင္း၌ ကမၻာလူသားမ်ားအတြက္ဆုေတာင္းခံေပးျခင္း။
  5. Self-Offering – မိမိဘ၀ကို အသင္းေတာ္ႏွင့္ကမၻာလူသားမ်ားအတြက္ ေပးဆပ္ လွဴဒါန္းျခင္း။

MOTTO (အသင္းဂုိဏ္း၏ေဆာင္ပုဒ္)

‘Seeking Truth through Charity’
“ေမတၱာတရား(ခ်စ္ျခင္း)ျဖင့္အမွန္တရားကို ရွာေဖြျခင္း”

FMM SYMBOL

မာရီယား၏သာသနာျပဳ ဖရန္စစၥကင္းအသင္းဂုိဏ္း၏ တစ္ခုတည္းေသာ စိတ္ေနစိတ္ထား အမွန္တရားဆိုသည္မွာ ကြၽႏ္ုပ္တို႔သည္ ခ်စ္ျခင္းေမတၱာအတြက္ ေခၚေတာ္မူျခင္း ခံၾကရသည္။ ခ်စ္ျခင္းဘုရားရွင္သည္ ကြၽႏ္ုပ္တို႔ႏွင့္အစဥ္ရိွေတာ္မူၿပီး၊ အလံုးစံုျဖစ္ေတာ္မူၿပီး၊ အလံုးစံုျဖစ္ေတာ္မူေသာ ဘုရားရွင္သည္သာလ်င္ ကြၽႏ္ုပ္တို႔၏ ပိုင္ဆိုင္ျခင္း ျဖစ္သည္။ အရာခပ္သိမ္းအားလံုးသည္ ထိုအခ်က္၌ ျပည့္စံုေစသည္။

Bl. Mary of the Passion, Spiritual Notes, 1888

FMM စစၥတာရ္မ်ား၏ ဘ၀က်င့္စဥ္ (LIFE STYLE)

  • FMM မ်ားသည္ ဘုရားသခင္ေပးသနားေသာ ညီအစ္မမ်ားႏွင့္အတူေနထိုင္ ၾကလ်က္ ထိုဘ၀တူဖိတ္ေခၚျခင္းကိုအေျဖေပးၾကသည္။
  • သူတစ္ပါးထံမွ ခရစ္ေတာ္ကိုပို၍ခ်စ္ခင္ျမတ္ႏိုးႏိုင္ရန္ သင္ယူၾကသည္။
  • ယဥ္ေက်းမႈ ဓေလ့ထံုးစံအမ်ဳိးမ်ဳိးႏွင့္ ေနထိုင္ပံုအသြင္အမ်ဳိးမ်ဳိး၌ညီအစ္မမ်ား အခ်င္းခ်င္း ဆံုေတြ႕ျခင္းသည္ စည္းလံုးမႈကိုခိုင္ၿမဲေစသည္။
  • အတူတကြစုရံုးေနထိုင္ျခင္းအားျဖင့္ ဘုရားသခင္သည္ကြၽနု္ပ္တို႔ကို သမၼာတရားႏွင့္ခ်စ္ျခင္းေမတၱာတရားေတာ္၌တိုးပြားေစသည္။
  • FMM အသိုင္းအ၀ုိင္းတြင္ မိသားစုစိတ္ဓါတ္သည္ အလြန္အေရးႀကီးပါသည္။ ပုဒ္မ ၆၊ ၂၁
  • FMM စစၥတာရ္မ်ား၏ေမွ်ာ္မွန္းခ်က္ (VISION)

    က်မတို႔ FMM စစၥတာရ္မ်ားသည္ ဘုရားရွင္၏တည္ရိွျခင္းကိုသတိမူ၍ ခရစ္ေတာ္၏ ခြၽတ္ခြာျခင္း၌တရားဘ၀နာစီးျဖန္းျခင္းဘ၀ကို ေလးနက္စြာႏွင့္ အသက္ရွင္ၿပီး၊ လူတိုင္း၏ဘ၀၊ အျဖစ္အပ်က္မ်ားကို အခ်ိန္တိုင္း၌ ဂရုတစိုက္ နားေထာင္ေပးရန္၊ မိမိတို႔၏ဘ၀ကို အပ္ႏွံပူေဇာ္ ၾကသည္။

    က်မတို႔၏အသိုင္းအ၀ိုင္းတြင္ ေအးျမေသာႏွလံုး၊ ခ်ီးမြမ္းတတ္ေသာစိတ္၊ ပ်ဴငွာစြာ ႀကိဳဆိုျခင္းႏွင့္ ဘုရားေပးသည့္ေက်းဇူးေတာ္မ်ားကို ေပ်ာ္ရႊင္စြာ၊ ယံုၾကည္စြာႏွင့္မွ်ေ၀ ဖလွယ္ၾကသည္။

    ခရစ္ေတာ္၌အျမစ္တြယ္ကာ၊ ႏွိမ့္ခ်စြာျဖင့္ဒုကၡသည္မ်ားႏွင့္အတူ စိတ္တလံုး တ၀တည္း ထားကာ သူတို႔၏လိုအပ္ခ်က္မ်ားကို ျဖည့္စြက္ရန္ အဆင္သင့္ရိွၾကသည္။

    ဖရန္စစၥကင္းမ်ားျဖစ္သည့္အတြက္ လူသားမ်ားကို ဆင္းရဲဒုကၡရာက္ေစသည့္ သဘာ၀ ေဘးအႏၱရာယ္မ်ားကိုကာကြယ္ရန္ မိခင္ကမၻာေျမႀကီးႏွင့္ သဘာ၀ကို ထိန္းသိမ္းရန္ သတိမူၾကသည္။ (Constitution Art – 8)

    FMM စစၥတာရ္မ်ား၏သာသနာျပဳျခင္း (MISSION)

    ဒုကၡခံေနၾကေသာလူသားမ်ားႏွင့္ တလံုးတ၀တည္းျဖစ္ဖို႔ရန္ ခရစ္ေတာ္၏ ခြၽတ္ခြာျခင္း၌ မိမိတို႔၏ဘ၀အပ္ႏွံ၍ က်မတို႔သည္ တရားသမား၊ အသုိင္းအ၀ုိင္းကို FMM တို႔၏ သီးသန္႔ ေက်းဇူးေတာ္မ်ားႏွင့္ျပည့္၀ရန္လိုအပ္ပါသည္။ ခရစ္ေတာ္၏ စိုးပိုင္မႈကိုခံယူထားျခင္းသည္ က်မတို႔၏ ဆုေတာင္းပဌနာျပဳျခင္း လမ္းစဥ္ပင္ျဖစ္သည္။ (Constitution Art – 8)

    FMM စစၥတာရ္မ်ား၏သာသနာလုပ္ငန္း (MINISTRY)

    ခရစ္ေတာ္ကဲ့သို႔ က်မတို႔ FMMစစၥတာရ္မ်ားသည္ ႏိွမ့္ခ်ေသာ ႏွလံုးသား၊ သင္ယူရန္ အဆင္သင့္စိတ္ထား၊ ေပးကမ္းျခင္း၊ သူတစ္ပါးအားေလးစားလက္ခံျခင္း၊ ပြင့္လင္းျခင္းႏွင့္ အေစခံ ျခင္းျဖင့္ လူတိုင္းကိုခ်ဥ္းကပ္လိုၾကပါသည္။
    (Constitution Art – 39)

    FMM အသင္းဂိုဏ္း၏သမိုင္းအက်ဥ္း

    FMM အသင္းဂိုဏ္းကို ျပင္သစ္အမ်ဳိးသမီး Bl. Mary of the Passionမွ ၁၈၇၇ ခုႏွစ္တြင္ ေရာမၿမိဳ႕၌ စတင္တည္ေထာင္ခဲ့ပါသည္။ ဇန္န၀ါရီလ၊ ၆ ရက္ေန႔၊ ၁၈၇၇ ခုႏွစ္၊ မင္းသံုးပါးပြဲေန႔တြင္ ရဟန္းမင္းႀကီး န၀မေျမာက္ ပီအူးမွ အတည္ျပဳေပးခဲ့ပါသည္။ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသို႔ေရာက္ရိွလာခဲ့ပံုမွာ ဤသို႔ျဖစ္ပါသည္။ မႏၱေလးရိွ၊ မေနာ္ရမံဟု လူသိမ်ားေသာစိန္ဂြၽန္းအနာႀကီးေရာဂါေဆး႐ံုကို တည္ေထာင္ခဲ့သူ MEP ဘုန္းေတာ္ႀကီး Fr. John Wehinger သည္ Mother Mary St. Damien OD; ဦးေဆာင္ေသာသိလရွင္ (၆) ပါးကိုေစလႊတ္ခဲ့ပါသည္။ ျမန္မာျပည္သို႔လာမည့္သီလရွင္ (၆) ပါးတို႔သည္ ေရာမၿမိဳ႕မွ မထြက္ခြာမွီ ရဟန္းမင္းႀကီး ေတရသေျမာက္ ေလအိုထံမွ ေကာင္းႀကီးခံယူၿပီး ထြက္ခြာ လာခဲ့ၾကပါသည္။ မႏၱေလးတြင္ ေျခခ်ခဲ့သည့္ေန႔မွာ ၁၈၉၈ ခုႏွစ္၊ ဇန္န၀ါရီလ၊ ၁၉ ရက္ေန႔ ျဖစ္ပါသည္။ စစၥတာရ္မ်ားအား မွ ၀မ္းသာအားရႏွင့္ ႀကိဳဆိုခဲ့ပါသည္။ ထိုေဆး႐ံုတြင္ ၁၉၆၆ ခုႏွစ္အထိ ႏွစ္ေပါင္း (၆၈) ႏွစ္တိုင္တိုင္ သာသနာျပဳခဲ့ၾကပါသည္။

    ယေန႔ ျမန္မာျပည္တြင္ FMM စစၥတာရ္မ်ား ၁၆၁ ပါးတို႔သည္ ရန္ကုန္ ဂိုဏ္းခ်ဳပ္ သာသနာ၊ မႏၱေလးဂိုဏ္းခ်ဳပ္သာသနာ၊ ဗန္းေမာ္သာသနာ၊ ျမစ္ႀကီးနားသာသနာ၊ ဟားခါးသာသနာ၊ ကေလးသာသနာတို႔တြင္ အမႈေတာ္ထမ္းေဆာင္လ်က္ရိွၾကပါသည္။

    FRANCISCAN MISSIONARIES OF MARY (FMM)

    1. St. Francis’ Convent
    No.2, U Htun Myat Road
    Tamwe P.O. 11211, Yangon
    Ph: 01-541909 (Community)
    Ph: 01-540298 (Prov-office)

    2. St. Francis’ Convent
    Pre- Novitiate
    No. 2, U Htun Myat Road
    Tamwe P. O. 11211, Yangon
    Ph: 01- 540653

    3. Holy Family
    Home for the aged,
    539 Theinbyu Road
    Kandawgalay P.O. 11211, Yangon
    Tel: 0973 225933

    4. Bl. Maria Assunta Convent
    No. 547/548, Kabwi Road
    Ward 5, East Dagon
    Yangon
    Tel: 09 430 68782

    5. Bl. Mary of the Passion Convent
    Extension 2nd Road,Extension 2nd Ward
    Myaung Daga Village
    Hmawbi Township,
    Tel: 0949570041