Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales Visakhapatnam

The Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, started on 24th October 1838 by the servant of God Very Rev. Fr. Peter Mary Mermier with the blessings of the Bishops of Annecy, Mgr. Pierre Joseph Rey. At the request of Cardinal Franzoni, Fr. Peter Mermier had sent four priests & two brothers to Indian mission. They landed in India on 8th September 1845 at Pondicherry and reached Yanam on 16th January 1846 via Madras by boat. On 17th January the Pro-vicar of Vizag appointed Fr. Martin as the Superior and Parish Priest at Yanam.

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M.S.F.S Provincial House - Visakhapatnam

msfs founder fr peter mermier

Fr. Peter Mermier


Fr. Peter Marie Mermier founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales for parish mission, foreign mission and education of the youth. His missionary zeal impelled him to ask the Holy Father for a mission abroad and accept a vast mission territory in India when the Congregation was in its infancy with just eleven professed members.

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Mother of Compassion


Fr Mermier had personal devotion to Mother of Compassion/Sorrows and had an altar dedicated to her in the chapel of La Feuillette. Every day he would visit the altar and pray to the Mother of Compassion. Fr Mermier considered the devotion to Mother of Compassion as one of the integral expressions of salesian spirituality .

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St. Francis de Sales


St. Francis de Sales is the Apostle of Chablais, the Gentleman saint, a Doctor of the Church and the Patron of Writers. Various religious congregations have been founded under the patronage of St. Francis de Sales. And he is the heavenly patron of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales also known as Fransalians.

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