Who we are

The Daughters of Mary

The French name of the Marianist Sisters is Filles de Marie Immaculée — Daughters of Mary Immaculate. That’s why you’ll see the initials FMI after the name of a Marianist Sister.

The Marianist Sisters were founded in France in 1816 by a young woman named Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon. Be sure to read about our history.

Today, the Marianist Sisters minister in 16 countries across the globe, including in such varied places as Chile, Italy and Korea. In the United States, we have communities in San Antonio, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

The Marianist Sisters serve in education, pastoral ministry, social justice and a variety of other professions. Often we serve alongside Marianist brothers and priests, a natural outgrowth of our shared heritage.

As members of the Marianist Family, our mission is to:

  • Participate in faith communities
  • Help build a Church and society where all are included
  • Respond to the poverties of our time, especially economic poverty
  • Remain active with concerns of women
  • Maintain a global perspective while educating ourselves and others regarding the interconnectedness of our global society

In some parts of the world, Marianist Sisters wear habits. This is not a practice in the United States, where sisters are expected to dress simply and modestly.

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