Episode 16: Commitment to Community (Ann Hirt & Carol Ramey)

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.

Celebrating the Legacy of Brother Larry Cada, SM

NACMS staff member, Marianist scholar, dear friend and brother: Bro. Larry Cada passed away on August 27th, 2020.

The 91-Year Journey to the Beatification of Blessed Father William Joseph Chaminade

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.

Miracle in Buenos Aires

A look at the miraculous healing of Elena Graciela Otero, through the intercession of Father Chaminade

The Beatification of Fr. William Joseph Chaminade

A look at the three-day beatification celebration in Rome for Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, held in September 2000

Beatification Homilies for Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

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.
William Joseph Chaminade

Chaminade and Adversity: A Conversation

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.)
Hugh Bihl, SM

Remarks Prepared for the Funeral Liturgy for Hugh Bihl, SM

Brother Thomas F. Giardino, SM, shares his reflection on the life and legacy of his friend and mentor, Hugh Bihl, who devoted his life to doing "Mary's big job."

Celebrating Brother Hugh Bihl's Legacy

Marianist Brother Hugh Bihl passed away on July 27, 2020. In honor of Brother Hugh's contribution to Marianist studies, we are highlighting some of his writings on this page.
Basic Handbook of Marianist Studies

Basic Handbook of Marianist Studies

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.

Episode 15: Once a Missionary, Always a Missionary (Sr. Columba Yu, FMI)

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.

Episode 14: Wisdom from Our Founders for this Time of Pandemic

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.
Gabrielle Bibeau, FMI

Living in a Time of Crisis: It’s in Our Marianist DNA

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.
MSP 2.0 2018-2019

Opening the Doors of Hospitality and Creating Community: A One Day Retreat

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.

Blessed Are We: How Our Missionary Zeal Can Build the Marian Church

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.

The Life of Personal Prayer (Circular No. 3)

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.

After the General Chapter: Some Reflections on the Future of the Marianist Charism (Circular No. 1)

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.

Lent Meditation 2: The Transfiguration

This is our second episode of our Lenten series of meditations.

Celebrating Father David Fleming's Legacy

In honor of Fr. Dave's legacy and contribution to Marianist scholarship, we would like to highlight some of the articles, circulars, and books that he has written over the years.

Marianist Education Webinar Videos

Watch these videos recorded from the Marianist Education Webinars hosted by NACMS on March 3 and 4, 2020, about Marianist middle/high schools and Marianist universities.

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