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MARIANISTS

The Society of Mary, a congregation of men religious founded at Bordeaux in 1817 by the theologian William Joseph Chaminade (1761-1850). The society was recognized by Pope Pius IX in 1856, and again by Pope Leo XIII in 1891; the membership consists of priests and brothers. Specially engaged in education, on a secondary school and college level, they take the three customary vows plus a fourth vow of stability in their devotion to the Blessed Virgin. The Daughters of Mary (sometimes called Marianists) were established in 1816 and finally confirmed in 1888.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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