Registration is CLOSED for our October Reading Group. Check back to this page later for updates for when our next reading group will be.

First published in 1974 and revised in 2003, this book began as retreat presentations in 1971. Its aim is to probe the life of faith, the centrality of Jesus Christ, the role of Mary, and the value of community. It probes some specific questions, such as, what is it about the Society of Mary that gives it a special role in the Church, and what is it about the Society that guarantees the diversity of gifts in the church. The author includes other parts of our Marianist heritage in the form of The Three Offices, The Three Categories, The System of Virtues, and Father Chaminade’s understanding of the apostolate. While Father Stefanelli spoke and wrote for the Society in particular, this book is an important orientation for the other Marianist branches in understanding the charism and apostolate they have committed themselves to.

If you do not already own a copy of Our Marianist Heritage, you will need to purchase it from our bookstore. WE URGE YOU TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, by October 1st at the latest. Otherwise we cannot guarantee that you will receive the book by our first discussion session. Click here to purchase the book on our bookstore.

We will be using Zoom for all of our meetings. Our October reading group will meet on October 13, 20, and 27th (all Tuesdays) at 2PM Eastern Time. There is no cost to participate in this online reading group (other than the cost of the book).

Chapters to read for each meeting:

  • October 13th: Read Chapters 2 &3
  • October 20th: Read Chapter 4 
  • October 27th: Read Chapters 9&10

Contact nacms@udayton.edu with questions.