Sodality History

In this article Marianist Brother Timothy Phillips traces the origin of the first Sodality. He writes: “The real foundation of the Sodality goes back to Jan Leunis, a young Jesuit priest, not very gifted it seems in studies, but apparently very gifted in getting a group going. He was teaching at the Roman College . . . and decided to start a little group of his students in 1563. It worked surprisingly well; though these were the youngest children, the older students found it interesting and wanted to be a part of it."

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 hope 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.
Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch

A Witness of Love: Examining the Correspondence of Four Nonviolent Activists

In "A Witness of Love," Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch writes: "This message of radical love is at the root of nonviolence in the Christian tradition . . . it is central to the lives of four correspondents, William Joseph Chaminade, Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon, Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton."

Marianist Martyrs of Madrid: Prayer Service

We gather together to celebrate and give thanks for the lives of the Blessed Martyrs Miguel, Florencio, Joaquín, and Sabino, and to recommit ourselves to following Christ through their example.

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.
Blessed Chaminade

Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

After a long trek from the French border, a French priest was arriving in Saragossa. He was tired, but the sight of the lone tower of the Basilica of the Virgin of the Pillar was balm to his tired feet.

History of the Gold Ring in the Society of Mary

The gold ring was introduced into the Society of Mary from the very beginning.
de La Salle

The Restoration of Christian Schools in Bordeaux During the Consulate and the Empire

In his biography of Father Chaminade, Father Simler indicated, among the works of the Servant of God, the involvement he had in the restoration of the Christian Brothers of St. Jean Baptiste de La Salle in Bordeaux.

Do You Believe in the Communion of Saints?

Father Paul Landolfi, SM, writes, "Brother Carmine Annunziata (Kenya) emailed me and jokingly complained: 'Why wasn’t I listed among the saints? Is it just for the few?'”

History of the Constitutions of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate

This historical snapshot traces the name "Daughters of Mary," Chaminade's system of government for the FMI, and the drafting of the Constitutions for the Marianist Sisters.
Jakob Gapp, SM

Conscience that Would Not Be Silenced

Looking back over my 26 years as "The Tablet’s" Vienna correspondent, I can think of no more remarkable story than that of Blessed Jakob Gapp.
William Joseph Chaminade

The Soldier of Mary: William Joseph Chaminade

A tribute to Blessed Chaminade originally published in a French newspaper in honor of his beatification.

The Marianist Founders and Social Justice

Felipe Melcher, SM, has assembled useful quotes from Marianist sources that pertain to key elements of how Marianists view social justice.
Hugh Bihl, SM

You Are the Body of Christ

The aim of Brother Hugh Bihl's essay is to expound a most important dimension of church theology—that we (i.e., the church members) are the Body of Christ.

Be Light to the Intellect: FMI Cir. No. 6, May 25, 2015

“We carry in body and spirit the wounds of our personal story, a story that has deeply and indelibly marked our past and present life. Wounds, for the most part healed, others perhaps still open, mark our way of being and of inserting ourselves in society, in the community. Our wounds are not hidden from you, O Lord. Pour the balm of your love.”FMI
Brother Miguel

Like Jesus, He Gave His Life Protecting His People

Brother Miguel (“Michel”) Ángel Quiroga died defending life in Colombia. Read about his life and his martyrdom in this article compiled by Paul Landolfi, SM.
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."

Marianist Martyrs: Witness, Conviction, and Stability

Experience the sites and stories of Marianist Martyr Blessed Jakob Gapp and the Spanish Marianist Martyrs in this YouTube video sponsored by the Society of Mary's Province of the USA, which was produced by Brother Brandon Paluch, SM, and directed by David Brun.

Fleming's Little Dictionary of the Family of Mary

Father David Fleming, SM, provides a snapshot of Marianist life, which includes a look at membership, smart Marianist ideas, commitments, very important people, and classic Marianist texts. While appropriate in the age of Facebook for a "Throwback Thursday," the material is as current today as to when it was first typed, or in deed, when Marianist life was first developed.

I Had a Dream the Other Night: Chaminade Interview and Stability

Father Paul Landolfi, SM, shares his “dream interview” with Blessed Chaminade. The duo discuss the Marianist vow of Stability, with our Blessed Founder emphasizing the importance and inclusive nature of this commitment to Mary and Jesus and the Marianist Family.

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