Lay Marianists Matt Meyers and Linda Zappacosta share the story of how they helped start the Marianist Sisters Vocation Fund, which is a group of Marianist brothers, sisters, and laity who raise funds to offset the college debt of women entering the Marianist Sisters.
In this podcast, we interview six different people who were at the Beatification and the events surrounding it. Each of them provides their own perspective on that experience, as well as the legacy of Chaminade officially being named "Blessed."
Lay Marianists Carol Ramey and Ann Hirt reflect on how their friendship, their Marianist commitment, and relationship with Mary has sustained them for the past 50 years of commitment to Marianist lay life.
Father William Joseph Chaminade was beatified in September 2000. Brother Tom Redmond, SM, highlights two early Marianist discoveries—one, the rediscovering of Chaminade’s greatness; the other, the discovering of his physical remains—that helped initiate the 91-year journey that culminated in our Blessed Founder’s recognition by the Vatican.
Relive the beatification of our Blessed Founder with the words of Pope John Paul II and the Superior General of the Society of Mary, extolling the virtue of William Joseph Chaminade and reminding us of his call to missionary service as disciples of Jesus, with an emphasis on Mary.
Brother Timothy Phillips, SM, a Marianist scholar and formator, and Anthony Garascia, a professional counselor, discuss challenges involved in Blessed Chaminade’s long life. How was it that major setbacks—the French Revolution and organizational hurdles in re-Christianizing France—did not cripple the Founder with anxiety and fear? How was it that Chaminade pushed through obstacles into greater holiness. (A letter Chaminade wrote to Marie Thérèrse de Lamourous serves as a backdrop to this conversation.)
The Basic Handbook of Marianist Studies is a key resource exploring the historical trends related to the origins of Marianist life and its development. Compiled and created by Lawrence J. Cada, SM, and Carol Ramey, it is a one-stop shop for historically-rich content on the origins and historical markers along the Marianist journey.
Sister Columba is a Marianist Sister from South Korea who has spent the last 13 years of her life as a missionary in India. In this podcast she reflects on her experience as a Marianist Sister and missionary.
In this "socially distanced" episode of the podcast, Patti Gehred interviews Sister Gabby Bibeau about an article she wrote for the NACMS website on the parallels between the current COVID crisis and the Founders' own experiences of crisis during the French Revolution and experiences of illness.
Be it during a time of global pandemic or the French Revolution, Sister Gabrielle Bibeau, FMI, reminds us that biological and societal crises are not new for Marianists. They are part of our “DNA.” The key aspect for Bibeau is how such experiences transform us.
Using scripture references of Mary’s mother-son relationship with Jesus, Joan McGuinness Wagner, as part of MSP 2.0, reminds us of the importance of hospitality, including in unlikely places. McGuinness Wagner ponders hospitality’s three essential components: giving, receiving, and transforming.
Margaret M. Lisjak, as part of MSP 2.0, has developed a practical guide with reflection questions related to the concept of "missionary zeal." Lisjak draws her inspiration from Mary and from our Marianist origin story. The resource she has created is excellent to use for a community gathering or in a retreat setting.
Father David Fleming, former Superior General of the Society of Mary, reminds us that personal prayer is like a meaningful relationship, it requires time and nurturing. His Circular Letter includes "Ten Common Obstacles to the Life of Prayer" and it illumines "Hallmarks of Marianist Prayer." A practical thinker, with a rich spiritual heart, every Marianist can glean growth and wisdom from Father Fleming's insights into personal prayer.
Father David Fleming's inaugural Circular as Superior General of the Society of Mary provides "seeds of the future," as he compares Blessed Chaminade's times to our current times. Along the way, Father Dave sums up the Marianist charism in five key words: faith, mission, community, inclusivity, and Mary. He also points out some challenges for Marianists today.