On 25 July 2014, the Bishop of San Sebastian, Spain, the Most Reverend José Ignacio Munilla, constituted the community of the Sisters of Maria Stella Matutina as a Public Association of the Faithful in order to become a Religious Institute (according to the Code of Canon Law 312 § 1, 3°), after receiving authorization from the Holy Father, Pope Francis, since a certain number of its members came from another religious community.
The community now has 250 sisters, in over twenty priories. In addition to its Motherhouse in the diocese of San Sebastian, it is present in several dioceses of Europe, Asia, Africa and America.
On October 1, 2017, the Most Rev. José Ignacio Munilla wrote this letter of thanksgiving: