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We are an international congregation of over 500 sisters coming from many countries of the world to participate in evangelization by “missionary presence, by living and proclaiming the Gospel, by apostolic service” (SMSM Constitutions 14). Gathered together from different backgrounds and nationalities,  we respond to the call to universal mission in 27 countries. “In respect and dialogue, we try to be bonds of communion between peoples, races and cultures, and witnesses to universal love” (ibid. 22).

Our Spirituality

In the course of our history, our congregation has been  known by several different names – at the beginning  - Sisters of Charity of the Third Order of Mary, and later Sisters of the Third Order Regular of Mary.  Since our official approbation as a congregation of pontifical right in 1931 our official name is Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary. Today in some countries we are known simply as the “SMSM” sisters, or as the “Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary”.

Today the Congregation is organized into seven provinces, plus one mission attached to the generalate.


AMERICA LATINA – Colombia and Peru
Provincial - Sr Marie Kathleen Ruck

AUSTRALIA  - Australia, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Solomons
Provincial - Sr Jennifer Clarke
E-mail: smsmvoc@yahoo.com.au

EUR-AFRICA –  Algeria, France, Madagascar, Mauritania, Senegal
Provincial - Sr Cristina Giustozzi

ITALY-RWANDA – Burundi, Italy, Rwanda
Provincial - Sr Grazia Anna Morelli
E-mail: provinciaitaliarwanda@yahoo.it

NORTH AMERICA – Jamaica, Tanzania, United States of America
Provincial - Sr Judith Sheridan
E-mail: smsmprov@aol.com

OCEANIA – Futuna, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Wallis
Provincial - Sr Euphrasie Mukamana
E-mail: smsm@mls.nc

SOUTH PACIFIC – Fiji, New Zealand, Philippines, Samoa, Tonga
Provincial - Sr Etevise Ioane