This episode of Sharing Our Marianist Stories features Chicago Joe Schuller, nSM as he anticipates professing first vows with the Society of Mary on Saturday, May 18, 2024. Chicago shares about what attracted him to vowed religious life, how his experiences of aspirancy and novitiate shaped him, and the role intentional community has in his call to be a brother.

After spending time in aspirancy and the last two years at the Novitiate in Dayton, OH, Chicago Joe Schuller, nSM, Memo Peña Contreras, nSM, and Joseph Choi, nSM will each profess their first vows with the Society of Mary this summer (2024). We’ve sat down with each of them to learn more about their discernment to become a Marianist Brother and what their formation process has entailed.

See a transcript of this podcast episode here.

Recorded on 12 March 2024.  Published on 10 May 2024. Hosted and edited by Mike Bennett, Media Administrator for the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS).
Music: “Travel Light” by Jason Shaw (used with permission via Creative Commons License; see more of his work at