School Sponsoring Body
Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Angels
(Soeurs Missionnaires de Notre-Dame des Anges, MNDA)
“In 1913, Florina Gervais, a very young Canadian Missionary in Canton, China decided to set up a novitiate for Chinese girls. She returned to Canada to pray and work for the idea. Two years later with a young Canadian girl, Mother Mary of the Sacred Heart (the religious name of Florina Gervais) returned to Swatow at the invitation of the Bishop there. After contracting a fever, her companion died. Alone and with the war on, the Bishop advised her to return to Canada and try to found a novitiate there.
With the help of the Bishop of Sherbrooke, Bishop La Rocque and the warm encouragement of the Apostolic Nuncio, Bishop Pietro di Maria, in June 1919 the first novitiate was opened, and in 1922, with the canonical erection decree, the missionary institute was formally established. In the same year, five sisters sailed for Kwei Yang in Kweichow.
When Mother Mary of the Sacred Heart left Swatow in 1915, she brought with her a young girl of 17 named Chan Tsi Kwan, whom she had known as a pupil in Canton. That girl later became Mother Mary Gabriel, the co-foundress of the Congregation with Mother Mary of the Sacred Heart in 1919. Each year new groups continued to come to China until in 1949 when missions were expelled from China. They had 14 houses, four of them in Canton. After long years of work in China and Canada and incidentally the opening of St. Clare’s in Hong Kong, Mother Mary Gabriel died in 1974 in Canada, and Mother Mary of the Sacred Heart died in 1979.
Training of girls for sisterhood was the first work of the Congregation. They did this in several dioceses but they also had schools and hospitals, worked in leprosaria and social work. Mother Mary of the Sacred Heart chose to follow the Franciscan Third Order Rule (TOR) due to coincidence. Their first house was near a Franciscan monastery, the Fathers there were her first mentors. So again she got what she wanted – to be a Franciscan with accent on poverty and humility, a badge that would distinguish the Sister of Our Lady of the Angels to this day.
Today, the Congregation has Mission houses in Hong Kong-Macau (China), Japan, Peru, Tanzania, RDCongo, Brazil, Vietnam, Philippines, Rwanda and Canada as the main headquarter.
The Sisters of Our Lady of the Angels are strictly missionaries. The Mother Foundress always said if God wanted the work to go on, He would send vocations to continue His mission through these humble servants of His.
“1913 年，在中國廣州一位非常年輕的加拿大傳教士符羅尼纳·熱維斯（Florina Gervais）决定為中國貞女們設立初學院。她回到加拿大為這個計劃祈禱和工作。兩年後，瑪利亞耶穌聖心修女（符羅尼纳Gervais 的聖名）與一位年輕的加拿大少女一起回應那裡的主教的邀請，回到了汕頭。她的同伴在發燒後去世了。期後她獨自一人，以及隨著戰爭的爆發，主教建議她返回加拿大並嘗試在那裡成立初學院。
1919 年 6 月，在舍布魯克的La Rocque主教的幫助和宗座大使Pietro di Maria主教的熱情鼓勵下，第一個初學院成立，並於 1922 年根據教會的法令，這個傳教修會正式成立。同年，五位修女啟程前往在貴州省的貴陽市。
瑪利亞耶穌聖心修女於 1915 年離開汕頭時，帶著一位名叫陳志君的 17 歲少女，是一個在廣州認識的學生。那個女孩後來成為瑪利亞加俾額爾修女，她在 1919 年與瑪利亞耶穌聖心修女共同創辦了修會，成為這修會的副會祖。每年都有新的本會修女們繼續來到中國，直到 1949 年，所有傳教士被驅逐出中國。她們有 14 間會院，其中 4 間在廣州。在中國和加拿大工作多年後，也在香港開設聖嘉勒學校，瑪利亞加俾額爾修女於 1974 年在加拿大去世，而瑪利亞耶穌聖心修女亦於 1979 年去世。