Lay Marianists represent the oldest branch of the Marianist Family, with roots stretching back to 1801.
Fr. William Joseph Chaminade believed that the laity, in small faith communities, would be the most powerful way to bring Christianity back to his beloved France in the wake of the country’s bloody revolution.
Lay Marianists are women and men of all ages and from all walks of life. They embrace the joy and sense of community they gain as members of the Marianist Family.
Today, Marianist Lay Communities remain a vibrant expression of the Marianist charism. Together with the Marianist Sisters, and the brothers and priests of the Society of Mary, Lay Marianists serve the mission of Mary in bringing Christ to the world.