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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 will be held periodically, but you are encouraged to complete this interest form anytime if you are interested in learning more.

The formation experience typically occurs during the academic semester from August - December and January - April. 

For more information please email LeeAnn Meyer at or call the Office for Mission and Rector at 937-229-2899.

Lay Formation Application

Marianist Lay Communities Formed at UD

Pillar - Spring 2021
Morning Star - Fall 2019
Ephphatha - Spring 2019
Meraki - Spring 2018
Ruah - Fall 2017
Eudokeo - Spring 2017
Hearth - Fall 2016
Agape - Spring 2016
Phoenix - Fall 2015
Cana - Spring 2015
Luminaria - Fall 2014
Mosaic Heart - Spring 2014
Wild Soul - Fall 2013
Ardeo Spiritu - Spring 2013
Teleos - Fall 2012
Stellae Dei - Spring 2012
Ahava - Fall 2011
Anime Voce - Spring 2011
Nevi'im - Fall 2010
Fiat - Spring 2010
Vessels - Fall 2009
Table - Spring 2009
Bridges - Spring 2009
Leaven - Fall 2008
Beacons - Fall 2008
Wellspring - Spring 2008
Summons - Spring 2008
Ember - Fall 2007
Brook - Spring 2007
Branches - Spring 2006



Office for Mission and Rector

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