Each week of Advent we will be releasing short podcasts that are meditations on one aspect of Mary's life related to Advent. This is the first episode of our Advent Marian Meditations, and it is about the Annunciation. We hope you can pray with this podcast, perhaps as a new prayer practice for Advent.
This small article, written by Father Joseph Verrier, SM, corrects historical errors pertaining to the three Daries brothers, who attended the Mussidan school where the Chaminade brothers taught. At least one of the Daries brothers, an exile in Spain who died during the French Revolution, desired to begin a Society of Mary upon his return to his homeland.
The Basic Handbook of Marianist Studies is a key resource exploring the historical trends related to the origins of Marianist life and its development. Compiled and created by Lawrence J. Cada, SM, and Carol Ramey, it is a one-stop shop for historically-rich content on the origins and historical markers along the Marianist journey.
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."