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Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Tucson, Arizona ~ Miami, Florida
 

Dedicated to Christ and his Gospel, the Sisters work for the evangelization of society under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

OUR MISSION:  Witness to the Gospel by Evangelizing Youth

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A LETTER FROM JOAQUIN MASMITJA, PRIEST, TO HIS SPIRITUAL DAUGHTERS, THE RELIGIOUS OF THE MOST HOLY HEART OF MARY

Father FounderJoaquin Masmitja de Puig was the fourth child  born to Francisco and Maria Masmitja.  He was born in Olat (Gerona), Spain on December 29,1808. 

Joaquin attended minor seminary for the Diocese of Gerona, which was located in Olot.  In 1835 he was ordained a priest.  Later that year he completed his studies by earning a degree in Civil Law.  As a Pastor in Olot de developed the desire to found a religious order of women that would help to spread the faith.

Joaquin was greatly devoted to the Blessed Virgin under the titles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sorrowful Mother. 

Because of his zeal, dedication, and interest in all whom he served, throughout his life he was held in esteem as a model priest though he never saw his own virtue as he was a simple, humble man whose primary goals in life were to serve others, bring them lovingly to a knowledge and service of God, and to serve God himself as best he could.

From among his group of penitents he chose seven young women whom he thought were especially suitable for his project.  He talked to them individually and invited them to join him in his endeavor.  July 1, 1848 marked the official beginning of the Institute of the Daughters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary when Joaquin Masmitja gave three girls a provisional rule.

                  Fr. Joaquin Masmitja died at the age of 78, on August 26th, 1886.

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Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
3820 Sabino Canyon Road, Tucson, AZ 85750 Phone: 520-886-4273. Fax: 520-886-4273
Contact:  sistersoftheimmaculateheartofmary.com