The Online Marianist History Course is an introduction to the history of the Marianist Family spanning pre-Revolutionary France through the death of Father Chaminade. This course is adapted from the Marianist History Course that is offered to novices in formation with the Marianist Brothers and Sisters. The content of the course is the same; we have simply adapted it for an online format. In the Online Marianist History Course, students will have monthly virtual classes via Zoom with an instructor. Students are also required to complete reading assignments and to post on an online class message board.

Registration is now CLOSED for Part One of the Marianist History Course being offered October-December 2020. If you would like to be alerted about the next time we are offering Part One of the course, please sign up for our online newsletter by clicking here. 


How does the Online Marianist History Course work?

  • The online course is split into three parts, each covering a different time period or topics. Students register for one part of the course at a time. Each part of the course lasts for three months.

  • The course consists of one Zoom video class lesson each month, lasting for an hour and a half, as well as interaction via a message board in Edmodo, which is an online learning platform we use for the course. The course also consists of reading assignments and, at times, watching a video.

The course is split into three "parts." What material/topics do these three parts cover?

  • Part One offers an overview of the social, religious, and political context of France before and during the French Revolution and the time of the Founders. 
  • Part Two covers the lives of the Founders and a closer look at the Bordeaux Sodality.
  • Part Three covers the foundation and expansion of the religious institutes (Society of Mary and Daughters of Mary) as well as the painful final years of Father Chaminade's life. 

Is this course designed for beginners, or is it meant for someone who is already pretty familiar with Marianist history?

  • We have aimed to make this course accessible for people who know little about Marianist history. This course has been adapted from a history course that NACMS has offered to novices in formation with the Marianist Brothers and Sisters. As a result, it is designed for people who have relatively little knowledge about Marianist History.
  • However, we go into enough depth that even someone who has studied a bit of Marianist history would likely learn something new. When we offered this course to novices and their novitiate directors (who are seasoned Marianist religious), both the "old" and the "new" Marianists learned quite a lot!

Do I have to take each part of the course in succession or can I pick and choose which ones I take?

  • In order to guarantee the best experience for each student and the integrity of the course itself, we require each part to be taken as a prerequisite for the subsequent parts. So one must take Part One before taking Part Two and Parts One and Two before taking Part Three. 

What are the virtual class lessons like?

  • These virtual class meetings will be a lecture, usually with a PowerPoint, as well as class discussion. They will last for an hour and a half. 

How much reading and other homework is assigned?

  • Each student is required to complete a homework assignment (usually a reading assignment, as well as posting in an online message board) before meeting for our virtual class session. 
  • The reading assignments are typically anywhere between 20 and 60 pages. Considering the class sessions are only once a month, you should not find the amount of reading to be too burdensome.

How much does the course cost?

  • Each part of the course costs $75. Students will register and pay for each part of the course separately instead of all at one time. Registration for the subsequent parts begins about two months prior to the first virtual class of that part.

How do I pay for the course once I register?

  • Participants may pay online via credit card. You will receive instructions on how to do so once you register for the course.
  • We will also accept checks by mail, but we prefer online payments because they are easier for us to keep track of in a timely manner.

I would like to take this course but I can't right now. Will you be offering this again?

  • Yes! If you would like to be informed the next time we offer Part One, we suggest subscribing to the NACMS email newsletter. You can subscribe by clicking here.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

  • You can email our Research and Program Assistant, Sr. Gabrielle Bibeau, FMI, at

When is the course being offered for 2020-21?

  • Part One: The first Zoom video lesson is Thursday, October 8, at 8 P.M. (Eastern Time). The second is on Thursday, November 12, at 8 P.M. (Eastern Time). The third and final class session is Thursday, December 10, at 8 P.M. (Eastern Time).
  • Part Two will run from January through March. More information and registration is forthcoming.
  • Part Three will be offered from April through June. More information to follow.

When will registration begin for Parts Two and Three of the course?

  • We will begin registration for Part Two in November, with the first virtual class session of Part Two happening sometime in January. 
  • We will begin registration for Part Three in February, with the first virtual class session taking place in April.

You can also watch a short informational video below: