The Life of Personal Prayer (Circular No. 3)

Father David Fleming, former Superior General of the Society of Mary, reminds us that personal prayer is like a meaningful relationship, it requires time and nurturing. His Circular Letter includes "Ten Common Obstacles to the Life of Prayer" and it illumines "Hallmarks of Marianist Prayer." A practical thinker, with a rich spiritual heart, every Marianist can glean growth and wisdom from Father Fleming's insights into personal prayer.

After the General Chapter: Some Reflections on the Future of the Marianist Charism (Circular No. 1)

Father David Fleming's inaugural Circular as Superior General of the Society of Mary provides "seeds of the future," as he compares Blessed Chaminade's times to our current times. Along the way, Father Dave sums up the Marianist charism in five key words: faith, mission, community, inclusivity, and Mary. He also points out some challenges for Marianists today.
Albert E. Prendergast

Marianist Vow of Stability and the Marianist State

Just what is the "State of Religious Living in the World"? And, how does one make a permanent commitment to live a vocation as a lay Marianist? Albert E. Prendergast, a member of the Visitation State Community, examines these questions as he traces the roots of commitment to lay Marianist life and its implications for today.
Robert K. Moriarty, SM

Mission & Charism: "Reimagining the Dream," a Marianist Missionary Narrative for the Twenty-First Century

According to Robert K. Moriarty, SM, "As Marianists in the United States take stock these days of our contemporary situation and our future prospects, we hear calls for the development of a 'common missionary vision' or 'new missionary narrative' for the years ahead. 'Mission & Charism' offers itself as a contribution for this developing conversation among us. The focus on the missionary is key."

200 Years of Marianist Education

See these resources and information from the Society of Mary's General Administration that inform and commemorate 200 years of Marianist education.

Reimagining the Marianist Family in the United States: Continuing the Conversation on the Marianist Movement

In this work, Brother Raymond Fitz, SM, explores the history of our Marianist charism and its apostolic intent and examines how we today can use these same aspects as an “ecclesial movement” to minister to the “fractured city and the silent violence of poverty.”

A Very Special Friendship at the Service of the Kingdom: de Lamourous and Chaminade

From its very origin, the Marianist Family has been witness to the power of Christian friendship. Read about the deep spiritual bond between Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and Venerable Marie Thérèse de Lamourous as the Marianist Family began to develop. They relied upon each other for help and insight.

William Ferree, SM: Sketch, His Life and Catholic Social Thought

Sister Gabrielle Bibeau, FMI, uses personal interviews and Ferree's own journals and drafts of his works to probe the development and influence of this great Marianist thinker in the realm of Catholic Social Thought.

Witnesses from the Past, Hope for the Future: A History of the Marianist Family in Times of Persecution and Hardship

Gabrielle Bibeau, FMI, examines different times under which the Marianist Sisters were forced to operate under dangerous circumstances of suppression and violence, namely, the French secularization of the early twentieth century (which almost wiped out the Sisters), and the First and Second World Wars. By examining these events, she hopes to show how being people of hope and faith is part of the DNA of Marianist Sisters, not to mention the Marianist Family as a whole.

The Hurricane of Racism

In "The Hurricane of Racism," Ted Cassidy, SM, describes the nature of racism and presents a method to go about changing it. Despite the fact that racism strongly seeks to maintain power, through strong leadership a person or group can bring about a change.
Thomas Giardino, SM

Musings on Marianist Catholic Higher Education in Light of Father Fleming's "A New Fulcrum"

Brother Thomas Giardino, SM, executive director of the Association of Marianist Universities (AMU) muses on Marianist higher education in light of Father David Fleming’s chapters on Marianist education in "A New Fulcrum: Marianist Horizons Today."

The Individual "I" and the Indispensable "We": Christian Community in a Postmodern World

Father David Fleming, SM, looks at the postmodern world and provides insights on the positive aspects and challenges facing Marianist communities today.

Being the Church in the Only Empire There Is

Sociologist Robert N. Bellah looks at Small Christian Community (SCC) practices in the United States.
Mother Mechtilde

Mother Mechtilde: A Biography of Mère M. Mechtilde Pouilh-Mauriès (1858-1940)

Who was the force behind the unity of the Marianist Sisters after expulsion from France? It was Mother Mechtilde. Read the online monograph of this amazing woman . . . who many consider the Second Foundress of the Marianist Sisters.

Fullness of Life Through Prayer

This booklet, inspired by William Joseph Chaminade’s principles of prayer, is meant to help us use prayer to live life to the fullest.

Father Chaminade’s Son, Justin

This is a sketch, then, of Chaminade’s son. Oh, yes, Chaminade had a son. . . . No, this was not a son in the tabloid headline style, the result of some indiscretion. But he was, nonetheless, really Chaminade’s son. His name is Justin Dumontet.
Faith of the Heart

Faith of the Heart: The Prayer of Faith—A Communion of Knowledge and Love with God

Richard Loehrlein, SM, reminds us that Father Chaminade’s solution to finding the truth was this: “Unless you believe, you will not understand.”

Faith of the Heart: Commentary

The light of faith, says Father Chaminade, is like the sun that brightens our day so we can see everything clearly, if we have the eyes that can see. Join Father Richard Loehrlein, SM, as he explores the light of faith through faith of the heart.

Why Should We Dedicate Ourselves to Mary?

This is a fair question. After all, our entire religion is centered in Jesus. Why do we have to do anything else, except to listen to his Word and follow it? Join Father Paul Landolfi, SM, as he looks at Marian dedication.
James Wisecaver, SM

You've Got To Be Carefully Taught

Brother James Wisecaver, SM, shares his experiences, thoughts, and impressions with Marianists who are concerned with involving themselves with the emerging multicultural faces of America. Cultural characteristics inherent in the behavior of Anglo-Americans and several immigrant peoples will be described.

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