Bicentennial Celebration of the Foundation of the
Daughters of Mary Immaculate and the Society of Mary
We hereby call upon our two institutes to celebrate the second centennial of Marianist religious life. This celebration will extend over a Jubilee Year, to be inaugurated on May 25, 2016, the anniversary of the foundation of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate, and conclude on January 22, 2018, Feast of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, including, during this period, the anniversary of the foundation of the Society of Mary, October 2, 1817.
As you can see, in spite of the title Jubilee “Year,” the duration is more like a year and a half. On the one hand, we wish to conclude the celebration with the commemoration of each one of our founders, both in January, as a sign that our future depends on our fidelity to the charism they have transmitted to us by their lives.nde dalla fedeltà al carisma che ci hanno trasmesso con le loro vite.
(From the Circular made by the General Superiors of the two Institutes)