The world lost a Marianist giant on Thursday, March 12th: Father David Arnold Fleming, SM, the thirteenth Superior General of the Society of Mary, Marianist scholar, educator, and member of the NACMS staff.
In honor of Fr. Dave's legacy and contribution to Marianist scholarship, we would like to highlight some of the articles, circulars, and books that he has written over the years. We hope these resources will demonstrate Fr. Dave's lasting contribution to the Marianist Family as well as continue to inspire those who may not have known Fr. Dave.
See the list of resources below. Simply click on the title to go to the resource to download or purchase.
May he rest in peace!
After the General Chapter: Some Reflections on the Future of the Marianist Charism (Circular No. 1)- Father Dave'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.
The Life of Personal Prayer (Circular No. 3)- Father Dave 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."
Educators and Missionaries in a New Key (Circular No. 10)- In his 10th circular letter written during his tenure as Superior General of the Society of Mary, Fr. Dave talks about the mission of Marianist educators.
Little Dictionary of the Family of Mary- Father Dave provides a snapshot of Marianist life, which includes a look at membership, smart Marianist ideas, commitments, very important people, and classic Marianist texts.
"Brother and Sister in the Marianist Family" Episode of Sharing Our Marianist Stories- In this podcast, Fr. Dave and his sister Marceta interview each other about some of their experiences in the Marianist Family and their insights into the charism.
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.
A New Fulcrum: Marianist Horizons Today- In this book, Fr. Dave muses and expounds on key questions of contemporary Marianist life, but always through the magnifying lens of Blessed Chaminade’s quest for a “new fulcrum.”
You can view all of his circulars--as well as those of other Superiors General of the Society of Mary--by clicking here.