Society of Mary

About the Society of Mary

The Society of Mary was founded in France in 1817 by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. Today, the Marianists minister in more than 30 countries across the globe.

The Marianist Province of the United States includes about 300 brothers and priests. U.S. Marianists serve in communities and ministries from Honolulu to Puerto Rico, from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, and in Eastern Africa, India, Ireland and Mexico.

The Marianists sponsor the University of Dayton in Ohio, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Chaminade University of Honolulu, 18 high schools, six parishes and four retreat centers.

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The Marianist charism

The Marianist order is distinguished by certain charisms, or gifts given by God for the benefit of the Christian community. These charisms guide all Marianist ministries and programs:

People of faith
As spiritual individuals, Marianists carry out God’s will in their service to others.

Followers of Mary
Marianists view Mary as the model of discipleship. Just as Mary gave birth to Jesus, Marianists seek to bring the presence of Jesus to life within themselves and others.

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Marianists believe that living, praying and supporting one another in community enriches their faith and strengthens their ability to meet world challenges – especially problems associated with poverty and ignorance.

Discipleship of equals
Brothers and priests share equal status within the Society of Mary. Priesthood is viewed as a ministry, not a “step up the ladder.”

Leaders in mission
The Marianist mission is to bring Christ to the world and to work for the coming of His kingdom.

Mission statement

Empowered by the Holy Spirit and inspired
by the dynamism of Blessed Chaminade’s charism,
we – brothers and priests – vowed religious in the
Marianist Family, live in community as equals.

Through lives of prayer and Gospel Service,
we dedicate ourselves to the following of
Jesus Christ, Son of God become Son of Mary.

Wherever we are sent, we invite others to share in
Mary’s mission of making Christ present in every
age and culture by forming persons and communities
of apostolic faith that advance justice and reconciliation.

Committed to education, we minister with youth
and in solidarity with the poor.