One Spirit, One Heart
What is Lay Marianist Affiliation?
Marianist affiliation is a unique expression of commitment to the Marianist Family and the Church. Spiritual affiliation is a special vocation in the Church and the Marianist Family of following Mary’s example — her trust in God’s promises, her openness to God’s action in her life, and her faithful response to God’s call. Lay Marianist Affiliates are part of the lay branch of the Marianist Family, but they are guided by a vowed Marianist.
What is the mission of the Affiliates?
Affiliates recognize that Mary serves as an example to them of how to live. Through her faith, Mary conceived and brought Jesus to anyone who would believe. By living out their faith, Affiliates also bring Christ to the world anew. Just as Mary welcomed all people, Affiliates are open to spreading God’s Good News to all people, welcoming them to a life of devotion to Christ’s teachings. Marianist affiliation in the Marianist Family is a public commitment to live a life of prayer, faith, love and service.
The role of an Affiliate
Affiliation is a lifelong commitment and is regarded as a true vocation.
In the spirit of this consecration, Affiliates commit themselves to a way
of life that includes:
• Dedicating time to personal and community prayer
• Listening to the Word and celebrating Eucharist
• Developing in faith and growing in the assimilation, living and teaching
of the Marianist charism
• Being open to spiritual guidance from others
• Developing skills that lead to personal and community action for a
more just and humane world
• Actively participating in the life of a community. Communities are signs
of unity and places of prayer, reflection, reconciliation and renewal.
The Marianist Family embraces women and men in all states of life with
varied backgrounds and training. The first step to becoming a Lay Marianist
Affiliate is an informal introduction to Marianist spirituality through
members of the Society of Mary or the Daughters of Mary Immaculate.
Those choosing to pursue membership in the affiliation program are asked
to fill out a formal application. They are assigned a mentor who will journey
with them through their time of discernment and initial formation.
The role of the laity
“The Lord wishes to spread his kingdom by means of the laity also, a
kingdom of justice, love and peace … The faithful, therefore, must learn
the deepest meaning and the value of all creation and how to relate it to
the praise of God. They must assist one another to live holier lives even
in their daily occupations. In this way the spirit of Christ permeates the
world and more effectively achieves its purpose in justice, love, and
peace. The laity have the principal role in the universal fulfillment of
Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, #36
Second Vatican Council
For more information, contact the National Lay Affiliate Liaision, Marianist Office of Religious Life, at 314.533.1207; firstname.lastname@example.org.