Marianist Women`s Summit

A Marianist Women`s Summit was convened today in San Antonio, Texas. The Summit is a combined vision and effort of Sister Grace Walle, FMI, Sr. Laura Leming, FMI and Pati Krasensky, Director of the Marianist Center in Philadelphia. The Summit was timed to coincide with the Assembly of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate from the Province of the United States of America. In total, over fifty Marianist women – lay and professed religious – gathered to begin a weekend of celebrating who we are as Marianist women, and visioning together possibilities for our future in our church and in our world.

The evening began in the art studios of Brother Cletus. The colourful paintings of this well re-known Marianist artist added a joyous atmosphere to the gathering. We then moved to the Center for Legal and Social Justice (former Marianist Sisters` Retreat Center) for opening remarks and a prayer service. The Feast Day of the Annunciation provided the perfect theme and setting for us. We followed our reflection with an activity focused on our personal naming of Mary.

We thank all who have sent their prayers and support for this Summit from around the world, including Sr. Marie Joelle Bec, the Superior General of the FMI, and Brother Michael McAward on behalf of the SM General Administration in Rome.



Tomorrow, we will be spending time learning about the graced collaboration between Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and Mother Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon and Marie-Thérèse de Lamourous. As we celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Blessed Chaminade, it is good to remember the prophetic and inspiring model that he has given to our Marianist Family. In the evening, we will have a Cana gathering to reflect, ponder, and celebrate Mary`s role at the wedding feast.

Chaminade Year – 2011

On January 22, 2011, the Marianist family around the world will begin a year of celebration commemorating the 250th anniversary of our founder, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. The following resources can be found at the World Council of the Marianist Family web-site,

  • Messages from the Leadership of the four branches of the Marianist Family (Alliance Mariale, Daughters of Mary Immaculate, Marianist Lay Communities and the Society of Mary)
  • Prayer for the Chaminade Year
  • Chaminade Year Calendar
  • Monthly Formation and Prayer resources
  • Documents and other Resources
  • News and Events (This will be updated through-out the year. All communities are encouraged to send photos and articles of local events and celebrations.)
  • Links to other Chaminade Year internet sites around the world

We are grateful to the work of Fr. André Fétis, SM who coordinated the gathering and translating of the Chaminade Year resources. These are available not only in our three official languages (French, English and Spanish), but also in Portuguese, German, Korean, Japanese and Italian. A major feat indeed! A special thank you also goes out to Brother Michael McAward, SM for his creative and diligent work in the design and publication of the Chaminade Calendar and the new look on our web-site. It is not only lovely to look at, but simple to navigate. Here are the links to the Chaminade Year pages. Please do explore them for your personal and communal use. And, come back often for updates and highlights!

Chaminade Year 2011-2012

Année Chaminade 2011-2012

Año Chaminade 2011-2012