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Our pioneers

 Marie Francoise Perroton and the ten pioneers responded to the call of God and “a gracious choice of Mary”  to set out to serve the mission of her Son. Other women from France joined them in Wallis, Futuna, New Caledonia, and Samoa. From the 1860’s  they had a small community in Sydney, Australia, site of the Marist missions administration. Our congregation has been international from its origins, as the pioneers welcomed young women from Oceania to join them in becoming religious sisters.

The vocation of our first sisters was clarified through their faithful living in response to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and the guidance of the Marist priests with whom they worked in mission.

Meet our pioneers 

To know more about each pioneer, simply click on her name below …  

Marie Françoise Perroton, who became Sr Marie du Mont Carmel 
Sr Marie de la Pitié  (Françoise Bartet)
Sr Marie de la Miséricorde (Jeanne Marie Basset)
Sr Marie de Sainte Espérance  (Jeanne Albert)
Sr Marie de la Croix  (Pélagie Phelippon)
Sr Marie de la Paix  (Marie Virginie Jacquier)
Sr Marie de Bon Secours (Clotilde Viannay)
Sr Marie Rose de Lima  (Jeanne Autin)
Sr Marie Augustin (Jacqueline Claray-Fromage)
Sr Marie de la Merci (Marie Meissonier)
Sr Marie de la Présentation (Marie Brait)

To understand the vocation of the pioneers, which is also the vocation of the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary today, please click on The Vocation of the Pioneers.