Who we are
The Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick, consecrated as we are to the service of God and the Church, aspire after perfect charity, following Christ through the practice of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience, living in community and dedicating ourselves for the love of God to the diligent and gratuitous care of the sick, preferably in their own homes, seeing in them Christ Himself: “I was sick and you visited me” (Mt. 25, 36).
Mary, Mother and Servant of the Lord is, in Christ and with Christ, the great and faithful Model of the social-apostolic endeavor of our religious family. The Institute of the Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick was founded on August 15, 1851 in Madrid,Spain.
Saint María Soledad Torres Acosta, chosen by God to establish, strengthen and preserve this evangelical ministry with the sick, has been recognized and proclaimed by the Church and by all her daughters as Foundress and Mother.
Father Michael Martínez Sanz, holy and fervent priest, was the initiator and inspirer of the newly born Institute and is worthy of the veneration and esteem of all the daughters of Saint María Soledad.
Our Congregation was blessed and approved officially by the Church on July 11, 1876.
We belong to the life and sanctity of the Church, being incorporated into it by our profession of the evangelical counsels.
The Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick, constitute a Congregation of Pontifical right. Imbued and bound in a special way with the mission of the Church by our religious profession and in virtue of Canon Law, we depend directly on the Holy See and we are governed by our own Constitutions.
The Superior General, assisted by six Councilors, govern and administer the Institute. Our Congregation is divided into Provinces each of which is governed and administered by a Provincial Superior assisted by four Councilors. In each one of our houses the government and administration is entrusted to the Local Superior, two Councilors and one Procurator.