Among those called to the Marianist Family are lay people who experience the spirituality and approach to ministry of the Marianist charism as their way of living out their baptismal commitment and “being Church.” As lay persons, men and women might be doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, social workers, government workers, accountants, church employees, laborers and more.
You might consider yourself a Lay Marianist if you are a member of a Marianist Lay community, or if you are employed at a Marianist insitution, or if you’ve been taught by Marianists, or if you participated in LIFE or in Marianist family retreats, or if you’ve made a formal commitment to live your life according to the Marianist Charism.
Lay Marianists are recognized collectively and institutionally, by the Vatican, as a lay association of the faithful. As members of the association, lay Marianists are served and represented by such official entities as the Marianist Lay Network of North America and the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities.
Follow the links below to learn more about the characteristics of a lay Marianist, about lay Marianist formation and how to start a community, and about the Marianist Lay Network of North America. Learn how the laity collaborate with vowed religious priests, brothers, and sisters, and share in the vision of Blessed Chaminade, Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon and Marie Thérèse de Lamourous.