Our Charism

The Marianist Lay Communities are Christian communities at the service of the mission of the church in the world. Our communities are organized as an international association of the faithful in the Catholic Church, and are one of the four branches of the Marianist Family.

Membership in the Marianist Lay Communities is a commitment of the whole person in response to a call from God to live and share in our distinctive way of life. Marianists use the term "charism" to describe this way of life, which means a distinctive way of serving the church and the world that was received by our founders as a gift of the Holy Spirit and continues though our life and work today. Characteristics of Lay Marianists include: