Marianist Praxis: Building Marianist Educational Culture

Marianist Praxis
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“If I had to name the culture a Marianist milieu of family spirit denotes, it is a culture of home.  Our educational ministries are meant to be safe homes where lessons are learned, discipline imparted, faith nurtured, and the whole person educated—in body, mind, and spirit.”

—Stephen Glodek, SM


True to the book’s title, Brother Stephen looks at building a culture within education that promotes the vision of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, but that does it in a way for our times.

In addition to the imagery of building a culture of “home,” Brother Stephen examines the holistic need for formation—from teachers, administrators and staff to students, alumni, and parents—and he develops a profile of the Marianist-educated person. He addresses both formal and informal educational settings around the globe.

When totaled, more than 118,000 people are involved internationally in Marianist education each year. Education truly is a core element to our Marianist charism, and Brother Stephen provides deep insight to help illumine the hearts of Marianist educators, both vowed religious and lay.

Brother Stephen joined the Society of Mary in 1967. He served in Marianist secondary schools in New York as teacher, counselor, and administrator. He is the former Provincial of the Society of Mary’s Province of the United States and currently ministers as Director of the Province’s Office of Formation for Mission.

This work is one part of a collection of international publications by the General Office of Education of the Society of Mary, tentatively titled Marianist Education: Tradition and Venture.

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    1. A Marianist Perspective
    A Working Definition of Culture
    All Marianist Apostolic Activity Is Education
    Formal and Nonformal Education
    Characteristics of Marianist Education

    2. The International Scope of Marianist Education
    Educating Those Who Are Poor Through Nonformal Education
    United Nations Office

    3 Profile on Marianist-Educated Persons

    4. Why Marianist Educational Institutions?

    5. The Educational Community
    Collaborators and Beneficiaries
    The Particular Role of the Professed Marianist Community in an Educational Ministry
    Relationship with the Local Church

    6. Formation of Our Partners In Marianist Education
    The Formation
    Formation of Teachers and Staff
    Chaminade's Understanding of Teacher Training
    Marianist Educational Associates
    Formation of Students
    Formation of Boards
    Formation of Parents/Guardians
    Formation of Alumni/Alumnae

    7. Conclusion