The Marianist Family is a living reality in the church and in the world today.
It is above all else a family, desired as such by its Founders. You are all “members of one family,” they said.
The family is the basic unit of society. The family is the basic unit of the universal Church. It is a place where anonymity and indifference are rejected, a place of acceptance of one another, of revalidation of people, where care and mutual support reign. It is a place of conviviality, where each respects the autonomy of the other and expects their support for the common task.
In a world where the family is in crisis, where many people are wounded, the Marianist Family wants to be a true family, as is recognized in its mission “to love and to make Christ known to the world”, living the spirit of Mary.
Like every family, it is made up of sisters and brothers gathered around a mother and a father.
Mary, the Mother of God, is our Mother. With her we make an alliance and commit ourselves to helping her in her mission.
Our Founders tell us that we are “the Family of Mary.” And she is the woman who brings us together to show us Jesus, the Christ, who teaches us the Father and sets us on the way to Him. Our Father is the Father of all.
It is the Holy Spirit that puts in us this family spirit that animates us. A spirit that makes us say Abba, Father, that invites us to stay close to Mary, our Mother, and who pushes us to love one another as brothers and sisters who have but “one heart and one soul” (Father Chaminade).