A vocation to the Society of Mary is a holy call, simply to bear Christ to the world as Mary the Mother of God did. But it is only over a lifetime that a priest or brother grows into the fullness of what this means. Within a committed community of vowed religious men and joined with the wider Marist family of religious and laity around the world, the individual dedicates himself to be Mary's presence to the Church and all people, especially the most neglected, the poor, and those who suffer injustice.
In faith, attitude, prayer, and action, a Marist strives to think, judge, feel and act in every way as Mary would.
The spirit of Mary is compassionate, merciful, humble, and reconciling. Mary's life as we know it from the New Testament was as a willing servant of God. She was a quiet, ever-present support and the first disciple of Jesus.
The Marists through its Vocational Ministry encourages you to discern God's will and to do it. This sums up the daily life of every Christian. Through prayer, examination of conscience, meditative reading and faith sharing, Marist Religious strive to see God in all things and to be guided by his Holy Spirit.
Marists believe that it is by the gracious choice of Mary herself that we are called to serve in her Society and to bear her name. Our Blessed Mother needs a whole new generation and one that is culturally diverse to further her work in the Church and in the world. Perhaps from what you read and viewed on our website, you found yourself thinking, "I am already living my life according to what the Marists value." or even concluding, "That's me!" Perhaps this website was inspired by Mary with you in mind!
St. Ignatius tells us the examination of conscience is the most important spiritual exercise. By definition, this is a daily review of one's past thoughts, words, actions and omissions which we bring before God with grateful reflection.
We present for your use this Ignatian prayer card, which brings us through the steps of the Examen as described by Jim Manney in his work: A Simple, Life-Changing Power. (Published by Loyola Press, a ministry of the Chicago Province of the Jesuits.)
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Frequently Asked Questions
You may have many questions while considering a vocational life as a Marist. Our FAQs may help in your research.
At many stages of life you may feel God calling you. But how do you understand and act upon God's plan for you?
The Marist Path
The process of joining the Marists is a thoughtful and considered one. Through the various stages of discernment, a person can comfortably get to know the Marist community.
Delve into our resources of books, web sites, and other links that may help in your discernment.
Mary seeks today
the Marists to transform
and renew the Church.
Her desire is
all people be welcomed
into God's loving embrace.
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Welcome to Vocations
Hello, my name is Mr. Jack Ridout and I am the Director of Vocation Ministry for the Marist Fathers and Brothers here in the United States.
In this capacity, I offer whatever assistance to anyone who feels a desire to explore Marist religious life. As a lay Marist, I am delighted to share with you my own vocation story about how I came to this position in the Society of Mary. You may see some parallels in my story that will help you with your own desire to see where God is calling you.
My job is to provide you with as much information about the Marists as you need so that you can make an informed decision -- one that will be borne out of much prayer, reflection and dialogue.
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