Marist Missionary Sisters

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Also know as Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (SMSM, Official Catholic Directory #2420), was founded in 1845 at Saint-Brieuc, France, as the first society of women formed solely for the apostolate in foreign missions. The first missionaries departed for the South Sea Islands in 1845 and 1857. The sisters have maintained a significant presence in the Southwest Pacific, devoting their efforts to catechetical, medical, educational, and social service work. The generalate is in Rome, the U.S. provincialate in Waltham, Mass.

[m. a. kerby/eds.]