Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz
MERCEDARIAN MISSIONARIES OF BERRIZ
(MMB) A religious community of women with papal approbation. It was founded in 1930 when a Spanish nun, Mother Margarita Maturana, formed the community from a cloistered monastery of the Order of Mercy in Berriz, Spain. Keeping its spiritual ties with the mer cedarians, the congregation of Berriz applies the traditional Mercedarian vocation of the ransom of captives to the active tasks of evangelization and missionary outreach. The constitutions were approved in 1939. From Spain the institute spread to Italy, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, Oceania, and the U.S. The sisters were invited to the Diocese of Kansas City, in 1946. In 1981, the revised constitutions were approved. The congregation maintains an active presence in Asia, where it has communities in China, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Pacific Micronesia.