Welcome to MMI International
The Society of Missionaries of Mary Immaculate, a society of apostolic life of priests
was founded by me along with the sisters of Daughters of Mary Immaculate in the
year 1998 in the Archdiocese of Campo Grande, Brazil. It was the inspiration that
came through the Archbishop of Campo Grande Dom Vitoria Pavanello, SDB that made
me initiate this process in which I felt I was highly unworthy. In 1990, when I
visited him in Brazil, he requested me whether it was possible to found a Society
of priests to take care of the pastoral needs of Latin American countries. Even
though the seed was sown at that time, it took many years to mature. His continued
persuasion through Rev. Fr. Jesudass J Fernando who is my brother, and by way of
various letters sent to me, and to the Archbishop of Mad ras and also to the President
of Tamilnadu Bishop’s conference can never be forgotten.
The Grace of God had its own way and I proposed the MMI in the year 1998. The Diocesan
Council of the Archbishop of Campo Grande willingly accepted it and officially gave
me a letter. Unlike the humble beginnings of the DMI, the sister Society provided
everything for the beginning of the new Society of MMI. They gave them more facilities
than what the sisters themselves had.
The DMI sisters not only financially supported the society but also stood along
with me, in car¬ing for the spiritual, personal and priestly formation of the members
of MMI. The MMI process of evangelization today is viewed as one of the DMI’s continued
efforts in serving the poor. From the beginning, the aim of MMI Society was not
to produce more priests but to bring in more trained and motivated missionaries
to serve in the most difficult missions of the world.
Running parishes has never received priority in our thought. The missionary idea
of MMI is to take up large independent, difficult area of the world and create regions
and dioceses through holistic, human and evangelical development. Even though this
has been our aim, it has always been in question whether it would be possible to
get places like that to work.
MMI Arul Nivas, after the painting-2006-07
MMI Arulaham, the Juniorate house for the III Batch.
Rev.Fr.Hermas and Fr.D.David mmi were the formators
I always pray for signs from God. On 20th September 2007, we received the answer
from God. The answer came in the form of a letter of invitation from the Bishop
of Borba, Amazona, Brazil which said that the MMI’s could develop a mission having
hundreds of kilometers. It also gave the power to bring in missionaries of our choice
both men and women with independent financial administration while adhering to the
spirit of the Dioceses and the Bishop.
Within a short period of time, we were also able to make an impact in Tanzania through
our minis¬try and proceeded to Zambia. We have also expanded our mission to Ethiopia
and South Sudan. We see South Sudan as God’s own land where people need to be shown
God’s love. We have named it “Abba Father Mission” and have many strategic plans
Everyone wonders how the MMIs get their vocation. But I understand God wants dedicated
and committed missionaries, so He sends laborers to His harvest. Since most of our
vocations are from India and almost all our formation houses are in India, the Principal
House of MMIs has now been shifted from Brazil to Meerut where His Lordship Most
Rev. Francis Kalist is the Bishop and our spiritual father.