The seed for the tree of the Congregation of Sisters of Maria Auxiliatrix was sown and nurtured by a Salesian Priest, Fr. M. C. Antony SDB on 13th May, 1976. It had its humble beginning with four girls at Vyasarpadi in Chennai, with the charism ‘to look after the poor and the abandoned young girls‘. The mission to care for the girls who are socially, materially and spiritually neglected has been faithfully kept up to this day. The traumatic and pathetic condition of the young girls, impelled Fr. M.C. Antony to found a congregation. Initially it was a Pious Union and later it was elevated to the status of a Diocesan Congregation by the late Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore, Most Rev. Dr. Aruldas James on 24th May, 1999.
The constitution framed by our founder was evaluated in the light of the teachings of the Church and the same was updated to the present signs of the times. The updated constitution was approved by Most Rev. Dr.A.M.Chinnappa, SDB, the Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore on 15th December, 2005. The congregation which was born purely at the inspiration of a Salesian luminary also follows the Salesian Spirituality of Don Bosco. The Sisters of Maria Auxiliatrix Society has been registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act 27 of 1975.