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Two centuries of shared dedication to the mission of Mary

Daughters of Mary Immaculate
The Marianist Sisters

The Society of Mary
Marianist brothers and priests

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Founded in 1816
by Venerable Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon
in Agen, France
Founded in 1817
by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade
in Bordeaux, France

With a shared charism and an inborn devotion to community, it is fitting that Marianist religious celebrate their bicentennials together. The vowed sisters, brothers and priests of the Family of Mary invite you to join them in this joyful, prayerful commemoration.

The bicentennial celebration runs from May 25, 2016, until Chaminade Day, January 22, 2018.

Bicentennial theme: To know, love and serve

The celebration theme is three verbs that are omnipresent in Marianist text and tradition: To know, love and serve.

These words encompass the dynamic of Marianist spiritual life: To know, love and serve Christ. To know, love and serve Mary. To know, love and serve the Marianist charism.

We hope these words will enlighten and enliven the initiatives and events of the bicentennial celebration.


Join the celebration! Use these links to learn more:


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Bicentennial prayer

History of Marianist Sisters

 Icon Prayer Service

History of Society of Mary

Quotes from Adèle

Quotes from Chaminade

Additional resources are available on the international Marianist Bicentennial Celebration website.