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The congregation of the Franciscans sisters of the Immaculate heart of Mary was started in Pondicherry India on October 16th 1844 by Rev. Fr. Louis savenien Dupuis, Paris Foreign Missions (M.E.P).

On September 25th 1978, the holy Fr.John Paul II raised it to the status of a Pontifical congregation. In 1886 it was juridically affiliated to the third order of St. Francis of Assisi.

As the number of communities increased it was felt that there was a need to establish the provinces, By 23rd May 1990 five provinces were formed namely:

  1. Our Lady of Lourdes – Pondicherry Cuddalure
  2. St. Joseph – Trichy
  3. Infant Jesus – Madurai
  4. Assisi – Andhra
  5. Dupuis Region – East Africa

Under the capable and resolute guidance of Rev. Fr. Dupuis, this Congregation grew and began to spread in different countries in all over the world namely East Africa, USA, Italy and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

MOTTO: Love and sacrifice

CHARISM: In the experience of God towards liberation of women

• Medical care
• Education
• Formation
• Social and Evangelization.

• Our Lady
• St. Joseph
• St. Francis of Assisi


A fertile seed of FIHM was born in the soil of Kenya – East Africa in 1986, by the efforts of Mgr. Ceasar Gatimu Reverend Bishop of Nyeri and the vision of Mother Emilia Mary the Superior General of FIHM.

The vision and desire of Mother Regina Mary was to promote the zone into a Region for effective administration, this was fulfilled by formation of DUPUIS REGION.
By 1999 we started to admit local girls (Kenyans) as candidates in our congregation to be formed to carry out the mission in their own soil.

Today our mission is extended to the three countries in East Africa with 12 communities of 55 sisters.

• Kenya – 8 communities

• Uganda – 3 Communities

• Tanzania – 1 Community


The seed that was sown by the congregation’s Founder has grown into a big tree through the true cooperation of Archbishops, Bishops, Rev. Directors, General Superiors, Parish Priests and Sisters and the laity.





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