Who are we?


The Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (MFIC), are an international community of Roman Catholic Sisters, founded in 1873 by Elizabeth Hayes, (Mother Mary Ignatius of Jesus) a convert from Anglicanism, who began our first mission in Belle Prairie, Minnesota, USA. 


We number approximately 250 sisters worldwide, and follow the Third Order Rule of Saint Francis of Assisi.  We seek to embrace a Gospel way of life and are called through a simple life style of service to create ever-widening Circles of Communion by reverencing creation and embracing all people especially the marginalized.


Our Sisters are involved in a variety of ministries in these countries : Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Egypt, England, Italy, Northern Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Republic of Ireland, South Sudan and United States of America.