Laurence J. Cada and Carol Ramey
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.

The pdf files for download are located at the bottom of this page after the table of contents. Note: The electronic files also include maps, monographs related to important documents, and a special glossary of "Marianist People, Places, and Terms."


Table of Contents

Preface by Lawarence Cada, SM

Marianist History Course (Syllabus and Outline)

Marianist Studies Topics


Chapter 1: Statistics and Charts

SM Statistics: Age by Unit

Priests in the SM Statistics (Comparison of Total Membership with Priest Members)

SM Membership Statistics (Comparison of Worldwide and US Membership)

Daughters of Mary Immaculate: Membership Statistics

SM World Membership (Graph)


Chapter 2: Eras and Life Cycles of Religious Life

Table 1.1: Age of the Desert (200-500)

Table 1.2: Age of the Monasticism (500-1200)

Table 1.3: Age of Mendicant Orders (1200-1500)

Table 1.4: Age of the Apostolic Orders (1500-1800)

Table 1.5: Age of the Teaching Congregations (1800-present)

Overview of “The Life Cycle of Religious Community: A Sociological Model”


Chapter 3: French School of Spirituality

French School of Spirituality and Other Spiritual Movements in 17th Century France

French School of Spirituality (Lowell M. Glendon, SS)

Chronology of the French School

Thoughts on the French School of Spirituality (Hugh Bihl, SM)

Pierre Cardinal de Bérulle (1575-1629)

Charles de Condren (1588-1641)

Saint Jean Eudes (1601-1680)

Jean-Jacques Olier (1608-1651)

Saint Jean-Baptiste de la Salle (1651-1719)

Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716)


Chapter 4: France Before the Revolution

Popes and Ecumenical Councils of the Modern Era

Rulers, Régimes, and Governments of France

Marianist Spirituality: Influences and Trends


The Enlightenment

French Society and the Church on the Eve of the Revolution


Chapter 5: The Founders

Founders Before 1800

Family Tree of William Joseph Chaminade

Chaminade’s Early Life (1761-1800)

William Joseph Chaminade A Brief Chronology of His Life

Family Tree of Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon

Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon A Brief Chronology of Her Life

Adèle’s Rule of Life

Trenquelléon Château

Family Tree of Marie Thérèse Charlotte de Lamourous

Marie Thérèse de Lamourous A Brief Chronology of Her Life

The Founders: 1800-1836


Chapter 6: The French Revolution

The French Revolution – A Chronology

The French Revolution and Human Rights

The Revolutionary Calendar

Effects of the Revolution on the Founders

Chaminade in Saragossa

Our Lady of the Pillar


Chapter 7: First Foundations

The Miséricorde (adapted from Mlle de Lamourous by Stefanelli)

Timeline for Miséricorde of Bordeaux

Bordeaux Sodality: Chronology and Fact Sheet

Names of Young Men Who Joined the Bordeaux Sodality in 1801

Members of the Bordeaux Sodality (Some Thumbnail Sketches)

The Association Fact Sheet


Chapter 8: The Institute

Lalanne’s “Official Report” of the Foundation

Benedictine, Jesuit, and Franciscan Influence on the Marianists

Founding of the Society of Mary (The “Springtime Years” of the 1820s)

Histo-Structural Perspectives of the Marianist System


Chapter 9: Chaminade’s Last Years

Chaminade’s Last Years: Who’s Who

Last Years of Chaminade: 1841-50

Reading List


Chapter 10: American Province

Expansion to North America

Early Figures in the American Province

US Marianist History: An Outline

US Marianist History: A Chronology

Provincials of the North American Provinces

Inspectors and Assistant Provincials of the North American Provinces


Chapter 11: Internal Crisis

Expansion Period: 1845-1905

Expansion Period—Key Developments 1845-1905

SM Outline History 1845-1905

Louis Cousin, SM

Marc Sangnier (and the Sillon Movement)

The Sillon Movement: A Bibliography


Chapter 12: Father Simler 2nd Founder

Father Joseph Simler, SM


Chapter 13: Period of Stabilization

Stabilization Period (1905-65)

Superiors, General Chapters, and Foundations SM and FMI (1905-65)

Emile Neubert, SM (1878-1967)


Chapter 14: Daughters of Mary

The Founding of the Daughters of Mary (Ade Windisch, SM)

The Beginnings of the Daughters of Mary (FMI) (Danielle Weidner)

Chronology Daughter of Mary (Alison Cawley)

FMI Superiors General

Daughters of Mary (FMI) Foundations in New Countries

Daughters of Mary Immaculate (Habits)


Chapter 15: Marianist Servants of God

History of Process for the Beautification of William Joseph Chaminade (Samaha)

Miracle Cure Could Lead to Blessed Chaminade’s Canonization

Servant of God, Faustino Perez Manglano

Timeline for Jakob Gapp

A Snapshot of Blesseds Jesús Hita, Carol Eraña, Fidel Fuidio, Jakob Gapp

Marianist Martyrs of Madrid to be Beatified (Via Latina 22)

Marianist Martyrs of Madrid

Marianist Logo for the Beautification/History of the Cause

Candidates for Sainthood


Chapter 16: Father William J. Ferree

William J. Ferree, SM: Life Chronology

Key Matrix of Ferree’s First Synthesis

A Conference on Father Chaminade’s System of Virtues

William J. Ferree, SM Bibliograhy (partial list)


Chapter 17: Present and Future

SM Breakdown Period (1965-90)

SM Transition Period (1990-2015)

What is the Future of the Society of Mary in the United States?


Chapter 18: Marianist Lay Communities: Past and Present

The Rise of Marianist Lay Communities

Continental Assemblies of Marianist Lay Communities

International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities (IO/MLC) History

International Convocation of Marianist Communities (delegate structure)

Significant Documents/Texts to MLC Development

Characteristics of Marianist Lay Communities and Lay Marianists

Being Marianist, Being Family (Moyer)

Marianist Lay Communities: An International Community of Communities (Moyer)

Number of International Marianist Lay Communities (2012)


Part 2: Maps

Important Marianist Places

Dioceses of France Before 1789

Départements of France

Ecclesiastical France (1964)

The Bishoprics of France (1789)

The Revolutionary Departments of France


Southwestern France and Northeastern France

Map: American Province 1855-1908

Map: Western, St. Louis, Eastern, Cincinnati Provinces

Map: St. Louis, Pacific, New York, Cincinnati Provinces, Province of Canada

Map: 1994 Region of Canada, 2002 SM Province of the US, Meribah Province

Marianist Family Map


Part 3: Monographs: Additional Resources

Chronology Society of Mary

Answers to Objections that are Ordinarily Made Against Sodalities . . .

Introduction to Letter to the Retreat Masters of 1839 (Cada)

Chaminade’s Letter to the Retreat Masters of 1839

Notes on Narcisse Roussel


Part 4: Marianist People Places, and Terms

List of Entries

Marianist People, Places, and Terms