Statutes & Objectives
Marianist life, like every living reality, evolves with time.
We understand that the Marianist Family was already contained in the intuition of Father Chaminade. Today we see it existing and
taking shape, and we attempt to give it a systematic expression.
The charism that inspired the Marianist Family today animates the four branches which compose it: Society of Mary (SM), Daughters of
Mary Immaculate (FMI), Alliance Mariale (AM), and Marianist Lay Communities (MLC).
This Family understands itself to be sent by the Church on the mission of evangelization that springs from its charism.
1. The Marianist Family understood from its foundational roots
1.1 The foundation of the Sodality and of both Institutes did not happen in isolation but rather in mutual relationship.
1.2 The unifying element was the Marianist charism transmitted by the Founders.
1.3 Each branch understands itself and is revealed to itself in the others who are an integral and complementary part of its own being and acting.
1.4 As a result, we understand ourselves as a spiritual family with a structure which unites laity, religious men, and religious women on a basis of equality.
1.5 The structure and organization as family enable the foundational charism to be expressed and communicated today.
1.6 The missionary vocation to which it is called is fully achieved when the branches unite their efforts, since in this way a family is revealed, which goes beyond any single branch, and summons them to work together.
2. A Model of the Marianist Family
From the foundational roots, as well as from the way each branch of the Family understands itself today, and from some expressions
and relations as family already existing, it can be deduced that:
2.1 The Chaminadian charism becomes real and effective to the degree that the Marianist Family exists.
2.2 The guarantee of the Marianist identity of each branch is in its union with the other branches.
2.3 The actualization of the Marianist Family makes each branch grow in identity and fruitfulness.**Consequently, the necessity arises of offering a model of the Marianist Family that is capable of giving a convincing response to the world today. Therefore, we decided to constitute the WORLD COUNCIL OF THE MARIANIST FAMILY as the representative organ which enables the actualization of the Marianist Family today and the fulfillment of its mission.
3. World Council of the Marianist Family
3.1 Members: the General Councils of each of the four branches of the Family at the world level.
3.2 Organization and meetings:
The head of each branch, in rotation, is president for a term of two years; he or she sets the agenda after consulting the other
The Council meets once a year for at least two complete days.
In order to assure its efficient functioning and putting into practice its decisions, the World Council has a Secretariat.
The Secretary is designated by majority agreement of the branches. His/her ordinary functions are:
to assure communication among the members of the Council and between it and the national Family Councils;
to prepare the letter of convocation and the agenda for the meetings, in accord with the President;
to foresee the organizational and practical elements for the meetings;
to write up the minutes of the meetings and send them to the members of the Council;
to send out the communications and proposals of the Council to the Marianist Family;
to maintain the historical archive of the minutes and other documents of the Council.
To promote a family spirit which makes possible mutual challenge.
To combine respect for the autonomy of each branch with the spirit of interdependence.
To submit to the consideration of each branch the suggestions made by the Council.
To have decision-making power over those common features or actions which all the branches of the World Council of the Marianist
Family unanimously agree upon, considering all other decisions as recommendations.
To “build family.”
To share about the life and reality of each of the branches.
To reflect in common on that life and to make suggestions about it.
To determine modes of coming together: celebrations, formation, experiences and common actions of ecclesial or social character.
To determine directives in what concerns the Family.
3.5 Economic relations:
The cost of travel is prorated among all.
Each branch pays its own lodging expenses when there are such.
The costs of organization are shared among the branches, which contribute according to the following percentages: 44% by the SM, 35% by the MLC, 20% by the FMI and 1% by the Alliance Mariale.
The approval of a joint project, depending upon the World Council, requires the approval of the budget for foreseeable expenses, along with the contribution of each branch to the project.
Those in charge of the project present an annual report on it, including the corresponding budget report, for evaluation at the Council meeting.
- OBJECTIVES PROPOSED FOR 2018-2021
VOCATION/FORMATION. Encourage mutual collaboration in knowledge and living of the charism, according to our specific vocations.
“The deepening in knowledge and living of the common charism requires, on the one hand, that each branch be interested and involved in deepening that which is proper to itself and, on the other hand, that all the branches collaborate in the promotion of the knowledge and living out of what is common.” (The Common Mission in the Marianist Family, # 5)
a) Continue promoting the joint celebration of the Marianist Family patronal feast on the day of the Annunciation of the Lord, as well as the participation in the feasts and significant celebrations of the different branches, as a visible sign of communion and belonging to the Family.
b) Encourage continuing to work together as a Family in the promotion of vocations to the different branches. Propose the creation of “Family teams” for vocation ministry where they do not yet exist.
c) To develop further the joint charismatic formation:
- Support the operation of the Zonal Formation Centers and collaborate with them.
- Encourage, at all possible levels, that:
- common formation programs be developed,
- popularizers and specialists of the Marianist charism in one of the branches emerge.
- Take advantage of the celebration of the Beatification of Mother Adèle to deepen knowledge of her and of the mutual influence of our Founders.
MISSION. Promote the implantation and development of our common mission in the Church and in the world.
“Our “common mission” is, precisely, to constitute ourselves and to live as a Family, in a fraternal communion of the diversity and plurality of vocations and ministries.” (The Common Mission in the Marianist Family, # 3)
a) Seek to be present as a Family in the instances, circumstances and ecclesial events where possible.
b) Continue insisting upon work for justice, peace and the integrity of creation, encouraging the family councils of each place to reflect on how to carry out the orientations of the encyclical Laudato si, in particular:
- through concrete gestures and habitual practices of everyday life that change our lifestyle in favor of the sustainability of creation and the just distribution of its goods and resources,
- sharing the experiences of the Family in the media (Magnificat on Fridays, website …)
c) Support the search for human and financial resources for the maintenance and development of the missionary projects of the Marianist Family.
d) Stress our missionary commitment with young people. Supported by the dynamics and conclusions of the 2018 Synod of Bishops, continue strengthening our presence together with them and the offer of our accompaniment in favor of their integration into the Marianist Family.
BEING IN FAMILY. Strengthen the feeling of belonging as members of the Marianist Family at the service of the mission.
“Through our common Marianist vocation, we feel called to contribute to this kind of development of the “Marianist face” of the Church (…). In the Marianist mission, the four branches are interdependent. To carry out our Marianist mission in the Church, therefore, we must be present and act as Family”. (The Common Mission in the Marianist Family, # 3&4)
a) Continue to promote the development and vitality of the local, national and regional councils of the Family. For this, each branch, in its visits to different places,
- will include among the aspects that it proposes to know and evaluate the existence and functioning of the Family Councils at the different levels;
- will promote the formation of these councils where they do not exist, following the orientations of the document The Common Mission in the Marianist Family;
- will encourage, in places where it already exists, to continue working in the direction marked by that document in its Section 5 and, above all, in the aspects indicated by the World Council of the Marianist Family in its Objectives for the Period 2018-2021;
- will prepare, at the end of the visit, a report on this particular aspect, which will be sent to the World Council of the Marianist Family so that it can reflect on how to concretely help the development and implementation of Family Councils.
b) Continue to develop and strengthen the Family’s means of communication.
c) Stimulate reflection and put into practice new forms of interdependence in life and mission. Where possible, initiate experiences of common mission.
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About the Marianist Family
The Marianist Family today is spread around the world. It is comprised of separate, yet interconnected, branches: Lay Marianist Communities (MLC-CLM), the Alliance Mariale (AM), the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (FMI) and the Society of Mary (SM).
We share these documents with you for your information and as a resource for developing a better understanding of the identity and mission of the Marianist Family.
Statutes & Objectives 2018-2021
Statutes of the World Council.
Objectives proposed by the World Council of the Marianist Family for