Our History, Our Story

Michelle (Shelly) Abrameit

The North American Mission of the Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ, began with the 1996 encounter of Mrs. Michelle (Shelly) Abrameit of Houston and Sr. Mary Thomas Anyanwu, IHM who was then on Sabbatical leave with her family in Houston, Texas. The zeal, dedication to the parish ministry, and witness of the life of Sr. Mary Thomas inspired Shelly to recommend our Institute to US Bishops. Hence in 1998, Bishop Thomas Doran of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, invited our Institute to the United States of America.

The official opening of our first mission in the United States of America was in the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois on November 24, 1998. Shelly and her family were happily present at that celebration officiated by Bishop Thomas Doran. A year later, a second convent was opened in Freeport on December 24, 1999.  The sisters were actively involved in the various pastoral mission of the diocese.

our Institute is a member of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious of America.

From Rockford diocese, we spread to other dioceses in the United States, Canada, and West Indies.