Blessed to have been a Marianist Educational Associate in 2005, at the University of Dayton, and now as a volunteer and community member at St. Mary’s University, I invite everyone to remember why many of us said “Yes” when asked to enter into conversations and formation to promote, sustain and nourish our Catholic and Marianist mission and identity.
We all can provide different answers. We said “yes” because we loved the Marianist brothers, sisters, and priests who formed us when we were students at one of the high schools, or universities. We said “yes” because the brothers and sisters have always been gracious and nice to me, and represent the history of the institution. We said “Yes” because it’s the right thing to do. We said “yes” because it is our responsibility to be faithful to Fr. Chaminade’s vision to change the world and re-Christianize society in
Some of us said “Yes” to accept the invitation from the Marianist Provincial office to the Brothers’ Assembly, which took place last July, in St. Louis. While there, a new Provincial Administration and Council was installed and blessed, and we thank Father Marty Solma, SM, for his and the former council’s leadership. The theme, being “Brothers of Hope and Joy: Reimagining the Dream” including a loud, intentional and welcoming focus on the importance of lay collaborators and partners in sharing the charism.
Honoring Father Chaminade’s vision of creating communities of faith, together, in Marianist discipleship of equals, we continue to say “Yes” to bringing Christ into the world, through our work, our ministries and the grace we encounter every day. As lay professionals, committed to our Marianist charism, we say “yes” to the brothers and sisters; to stand by them in prayer, in support, in pain, in joy, but most important, in mission.
Now, renewed to give this gift of charism away for others to be touched by it, I see again what makes our mission and identity as Marianist educators so special.
Story by Jessica González Uhlig, M.Ed. Marianist Mission Advancement