Online Courses

The North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) offers a unique opportunity to form your Marianist identity and build community from anywhere at any time. We’ve partnered with the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton to bring you a variety of online courses in Marianist Studies that will nourish your spirit.

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Courses Offered

  • Charism: Develop a deeper and broader understanding of how to live out the Marianist charism, spirituality, and mission in the wider Church and global community.
  • Community: Enhance your ability to form community in the Marianist spirit as you learn about the roots, expression, and unique characteristics of Marianist communities.
  • Education: Created specifically for Marianist educators (staff, faculty, administration) discover how to integrate the characteristics of a Marianist education within the principles of Marianist spirituality.
  • Founders: Become more familiar with the personal stories of Chaminade, Adèle, and MarieThérèse while reflecting on the legacy they left for us to draw on in our times.
  • Leadership: Discover a style based on Marianist principles that is purposeful, developmental, adaptive, collaborative, and transformative.
  • Mary: Encounter Mary as our gift from God. Mary will become our teacher, a woman of challenge, and our companion on our journey as we continue to grow in holiness.
  • Prayer: Notice how the Spirit of God is always at work, everywhere—including our own hearts as we explore various “methods” or practices of individual and group prayer.
  • Social Justice: Remember the wisdom of Father Chaminade as we share insights about responding to the world’s needs with the realities of modern life.
  • Three Offices: Based on a lecture by Joseph Stefanelli, SM, this course reminds us the Three Offices are more than an ingenious organizational tool for Marianist communities; we are also challenged to be Christ in the world.
  • Virtues: Reflect on prayerful and practical ways to incorporate the virtues of Jesus into our daily lives and utilize the virtues to open ourselves to the grace of the Holy Spirit and the presence of Mary.