Over the years, Mary grew to understand how she could best serve God.
Born Helene de Chappotin de Neuville, she came from a distinguished French family in Nantes. In 1860, she entered the Poor Clares, but poor health forced her to leave the following year. In 1864, she joined the Sisters of Mary Reparatrix and took the name Mary of the Passion. From 1865 to 1876, she worked in the Madura missions in India. In 1877, she established the Institute of the Missionaries of Mary, which became the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (F.M.M.) in 1882 when she adopted the Third Order Rule.
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