Beth Garascia: How Am I Called to Be Marianist?

. . . being a lay Marianist means being tender but fierce. It means building community, committing myself to grow in holiness, advocating for social justice, and honoring Mary, the Mother of God.

Catherine Amore: How Am I Called to Be Marianist?

Some days I feel like a puppet without a master, endlessly dragging on through hours that seem to hold no purpose. . . . Most days, however, I feel guided by an unseen force, performing kind actions and always striving to live a morally good life for myself and others in every moment.

Helene Carion: How Am I Called to be Marianist?

. . . a significant event happened when a Marianist brother asked me to help with a youth gathering in the summer. He was Father André Fétis, SM. Sometimes, I now say, “It is all André’s fault,” which means, “thank you, André.”

Jessica González Uhlig: How Am I Called to Be Marianist?

To truthfully answer the question of how I am being called to be Marianist, I have to go back to the year after graduating from the University of Dayton (UD). Like many graduating seniors, I did not have a clear path to a job or even graduate school, and my undergrad years at UD were quickly coming to an end. As fate would have it . . .

Samadhi Metta Bexar: How Am I Called to Be Marianist?

I first met the Marianists at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio as a 16-year-old freshman with a lot of enthusiasm and curiosity, but not a lot of mental discipline. The presence of many Marianist religious meant I could both ask and be asked questions that sparked an even stronger current of inquiry in me that has always felt essential to who I am and what I do

Elizabeth Lau Skelton: How Am I Called to Be Marianist?

I remember saying to my Episcopal organist friend, “I’m thinking of becoming a Catholic. I want to learn the rosary and receive the Eucharist.” Sometimes what comes out of our mouths is so prophetic, we don’t even realize it at the time. I think Mary was calling me.

Luke Hoenigman: How Am I Called to Be Marianist?

“I feel like I really have to give it my all,” she told me. “If I don’t take vows and become a sister, I’ll feel like I failed.” This was the first time I met this woman, so I know she didn’t know my story.

Paul Garro: How Am I Called to Be Marianist?

. . . my wife called me at work distressed that children with HIV/AIDS did not have access to medicine like protease inhibitors. These children were often neglected and even mistreated. My wife’s distress and phone call would change our lives.

Mary Snyder: How Am I Called to Be Marianist?

My call to be Marianist was very gradual, and it is very progressive. I started volunteering at the Marianist Family Retreat Center, and I stuffed and sealed envelopes. Then, I taught Brother Stan Zubec, a member of the brothers’ community connected with the Retreat House, to sight-read music.

Episode 18: We're All in This Together: The Marianist Sisters Vocation Fund (Matt Meyers and Linda Zappacosta)

Lay Marianists Matt Meyers and Linda Zappacosta share the story of how they helped start the Marianist Sisters Vocation Fund, which is a group of Marianist brothers, sisters, and laity who raise funds to offset the college debt of women entering the Marianist Sisters.

Episode 17: Beatification Memories (Interviews Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Chaminade's Beatification)

In this podcast, we interview six different people who were at the Beatification and the events surrounding it. Each of them provides their own perspective on that experience, as well as the legacy of Chaminade officially being named "Blessed."

Episode 16: Commitment to Community (Ann Hirt & Carol Ramey)

Lay Marianists Carol Ramey and Ann Hirt reflect on how their friendship, their Marianist commitment, and relationship with Mary has sustained them for the past 50 years of commitment to Marianist lay life.

Celebrating the Legacy of Brother Larry Cada, SM

NACMS staff member, Marianist scholar, dear friend and brother: Bro. Larry Cada passed away on August 27th, 2020.

The 91-Year Journey to the Beatification of Blessed Father William Joseph Chaminade

Father William Joseph Chaminade was beatified in September 2000. Brother Tom Redmond, SM, highlights two early Marianist discoveries—one, the rediscovering of Chaminade’s greatness; the other, the discovering of his physical remains—that helped initiate the 91-year journey that culminated in our Blessed Founder’s recognition by the Vatican.

Miracle in Buenos Aires

A look at the miraculous healing of Elena Graciela Otero, through the intercession of Father Chaminade

The Beatification of Fr. William Joseph Chaminade

A look at the three-day beatification celebration in Rome for Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, held in September 2000

Beatification Homilies for Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

Relive the beatification of our Blessed Founder with the words of Pope John Paul II and the Superior General of the Society of Mary, extolling the virtue of William Joseph Chaminade and reminding us of his call to missionary service as disciples of Jesus, with an emphasis on Mary.
William Joseph Chaminade

Chaminade and Adversity: A Conversation

Brother Timothy Phillips, SM, a Marianist scholar and formator, and Anthony Garascia, a professional counselor, discuss challenges involved in Blessed Chaminade’s long life. How was it that major setbacks—the French Revolution and organizational hurdles in re-Christianizing France—did not cripple the Founder with anxiety and fear? How was it that Chaminade pushed through obstacles into greater holiness. (A letter Chaminade wrote to Marie Thérèrse de Lamourous serves as a backdrop to this conversation.)
Hugh Bihl, SM

Remarks Prepared for the Funeral Liturgy for Hugh Bihl, SM

Brother Thomas F. Giardino, SM, shares his reflection on the life and legacy of his friend and mentor, Hugh Bihl, who devoted his life to doing "Mary's big job."

Celebrating Brother Hugh Bihl's Legacy

Marianist Brother Hugh Bihl passed away on July 27, 2020. In honor of Brother Hugh's contribution to Marianist studies, we are highlighting some of his writings on this page.

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