The history of the Order of the Company of Mary Our Lady has its origin in the early seventeenth century. Between 1600 and 1650, years that coincide with the founding of the Company of Mary and the death of Jeanne de Lestonnac- there was an unexpected turn of events resulting in a severe social crisis that lasted two centuries, the most serious of its kind. It gave birth to a new concept of humankind, the modern man.
The new institute, approved by Paul V in 1607, was the first religious order of women-teachers approved by the Church. The Company of Mary was born under the sign of this new age, primarily by the unique characteristics that differentiated it from the traditional female orders. With it began a new religious lifestyle; thus the start of a series of female Congregations with Ignatian spirituality.