William Joseph Chaminade

Letter to the Retreat Masters of 1839

Read Brother Lawrence J. Cada's masterful translation of this important spiritual letter that shaped the early development of the Society of Mary.
Brook

"I am like a brook."

What is the source of this quote attributed to Father Chaminade?
Three Founders

Three People, One Mission

A look at the skill set that each Founder brought to the establishment of the comprehensive Marianist Family

Over-the-Rhine

A shooting death in Cincinnati brings Brother Mitch Schweickart, SM, to a deeper understanding of Jesus' journey to Jerusalem. "I could not have predicted on Palm Sunday . . . that the next few days would plunge me into the passion and death commemorated by Holy Week celebrations."

Reflection: The Night of the Execution

Brian Halderman, as part of the Adèle Social Justice Project, talks about the emotional experience of protesting against the execution of an Ohio death row inmate. "That night changed me; it made me aware of the despair we face in times of death, whether it is the murder of a loved one or the execution of the perpetrator."

Teamwork in the Society of Mary

In this circular, Brother Thomas Giardino, SM, as General Assistant for Education, reminds us that the true end goal of teamwork is not accomplishment but mission. He looks at the importance of dialogue and teamwork in this missionary endeavor.
James Heft, SM

Leadership in the Marianist Tradition

Father James L. Heft, SM, highlights three insights from the Marianist tradition of education--collaboration, the careful linking of heart and head, and an emphasis on institutional change--that can assist in the development of leadership.
Dave Fleming, SM

Educators and Missionaries in a New Key (Circular No. 10)

"I believe this topic will interest even those who work in other ministries, because our mission as educators in faith is one key to Marianist identity."
Thomas Giardino, SM

Audio File: Reflections on Father Ferree

Thomas Giardino, SM, discusses his own introduction to Father Ferree.
William Joseph Chaminade

Audio File: Letter to the Pastors of Bordeaux Defending the Sodality

Letter to the pastors of Bordeaux defending the Sodality, its means and ends
Three O'Clock Prayer

Audio File: Three O'Clock Prayer

This prayer recalls the hour when Jesus, on Calvary, gave Mary as Mother to His beloved disciple.

Prayer in a Pinch: Come to the Water

Like the woman at the well, may we be humble before God.

Prayer in a Pinch: Mary and Scripture

Are you responsible for prayer at your community’s next gathering? Sr. Mary Louise Foley, FMI, has developed a communal prayer service on Mary and scripture that you can use.

Prayer in a Pinch: Nurturing the Vision

"It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view," said Oscar Romero. "The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is even beyond our vision." Drawing upon these words, Jim Vogt has crafted a social justice prayer service for communal gatherings.
Footprints

Footprints, A Marian Variation

Similar to the popular "Footprints" poem, a Marianist has written a version focused on Mary after her son's execution. "One day a woman sat in a lovely garden. She was alone. Two days ago she buried her son here."

Prayer in a Pinch: Images of Mary

Are you responsible for prayer at your community’s next gathering? Sr. Mary Louise Foley, FMI, has developed a communal prayer service on images of Mary that you can use.
Lawrence J. Cada, SM

Study Guide: A Short History of Marianist Spirituality

This reader's guide accompanies Lawrence J. Cada's "A Short History of Marianist Spirituality," which was produced as part of the Society of Mary's "Modern Theology & Marianist Spirituality" series.
Hugh Bihl, SM

Study Guide: The Marianist Person at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century

NACMS has developed a study guide for those pondering Brother Hugh Bihl's deep insights in his scholarly work: "The Marianist Person at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century."
Joseph Stefanelli, SM

Option for the Poor

A “preferential option for the poor” has become a current phrase in the Catholic vocabulary. But its reality is an integral part of the Christian tradition, beginning with the Lord Jesus. Father Joseph Stefanelli, SM, reminds us that this christ-like option has been an integral aspect of Marianist life since our very foundation.

Spiritual Direction: Chaminade and Chevaux

Explore spiritual direction in early Marianist life.

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