Statute of Mary on the University of Dayton campus seen in a moon-lit sky.

There Are Many Ways to Be a Marianist.
What's Your Calling?

Marianist priests, brothers and sisters profess vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and stability. They live in community with other Marianists. They dedicate themselves to serving their community and using their unique talents to help carry out the Marianist mission of bringing the message of Jesus to the world.

Some people may not feel called to religious life, but are attracted to Marianist spirituality. They may choose to join the Marianist Family as lay Marianists. These individuals, single or married, become educated in the Marianist tradition and try to model their own lives after the values of Marianist spirituality. They usually form faith communities that often include professed Marianists.

Whatever their ministry, whatever their role, the Marianists see themselves as a family, a discipleship of equals.

With this attitude, they live out Blessed William Joseph Chaminade's mission and follow Mary's example of bringing Christ to the world "in whatever way he tells you." 


Society of Mary
- To contact the national vocation office, email Bro. Tom Wendorf, SM.
- To contact the local vocation office, email Bro. Sean Downing, SM.

Daughters of Mary Immaculate
- To contact the national vocation director, email Sr. Gretchen Trautman, FMI.
- To contact the local vocation office, email Sr. Laura Leming, FMI.

Lay Formation at the University of Dayton
- Please contact Joan McGuinness Wagner for information. email Joan McGuinness Wagner