About the Society of Mary

Dedicated to forming people and communities of faith

Allen Paquing Vow Ceremony  5-23-15The Society of Mary (Marianists) is an international Roman Catholic religious congregation of brothers and priests. About 300 members of the Province of the United States serve in ministries from Honolulu to Puerto Rico, and in Eastern Africa, India, Ireland and Mexico.

The Marianists sponsor universities and secondary schools, as well as parishes and retreat centers. We work in spiritual formation, social justice and environmental preservation.

Blessed William Joseph Chaminade founded the Society of Mary in France in 1817. Marianists have been present in the United States since they first arrived in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1849.

Marianists priests and brothers live and minister as equals, modeling our lives after Mary, the mother of Jesus. As part of a wider Marianist Family that includes Marianist Sisters and committed lay men and women, we are dedicated to forming people and communities of faith through education, parish work, social service, the arts, and other ministries.