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Marianist Student Lay Formation

We invite students to embark on a journey of faith.

The Marianist student lay formation is an invitation to explore an individual's role as a member of the Marianist Family. It is designed to assist individuals in discerning a commitment as a Lay Marianist. This program takes place during the academic year with a combination of conversations, personal reflection and prayer, weekly meetings, readings, interviews and retreats.

Our Goal
As Lay Marianists, we are committed to bring Christ into the world as Mary did, employing faith of the heart and assent of the mind. We strive to be agents of change by giving witness to Christ's message through building community in the Catholic church and society. As members of one Marianist Family, together with the members of the Society of Mary and the Daughters of Mary Immaculate, we seek to be open to the Spirit, to stand against injustice, and to proclaim a message of liberation and hope.

What Will We Do?

  • Participate in the Marianist mission through Marianist education opportunities
  • Engage in conversations with other Marianists
  • Commit to weekly meetings and participate in the formation retreat
  • Form and participate in a Marianist community
  • Continue to engage in the Marianist Family through community life
  • Understand that the program is one part of a lifelong formation process

Is Public Commitment for You?
At the conclusion of the formation program, students will have the opportunity to make a public commitment to live as Lay Marianists for a period of one year. During that year they will continue their formation as a member of the Marianist Family and be invited to participate fully in Marianist events.

How do I Participate?
Information Sessions are held in September with a new cohort beginning at the end of October.  Watch Porches and the Office for Mission and Rector Facebook & Instagram pages for dates. 

Traditionally, the formation experience occurs during only one semester and, therefore, two cohorts are formed over the academic year. For 2018-2019, however, we are trying a different format that runs from October through March. Please review the timeline below and contact us with questions at 937-229-2899.

Lay Formation Application

2019-2020 Timeline

  • September - Information Sessions
  • October - First Retreat Experience
  • February - Second Retreat Experience
  • March - Commitment Liturgy 

Office for Mission and Rector

St. Mary's Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1638
Office of the Rector