Society of Mary (Marianists)

The Society of Mary (Latin: Societas Mariae) is a clerical religious congregation of Pontifical Right for men ( brothers and priests) commonly called the Marianists or Marianist Brothers and Priests. Its members add the nominal letters S.M. to their names to indicate their membership in the Society. The society was founded by William Joseph Chaminade, a priest who survived the anti-clerical persecution during the French Revolution. The society is one of the four branches of the Marianist Family. Along with the other branches, the Marianist Brothers and Priests look to Mary as a model of faith and spirituality. They believe that the best ways to live a spiritual life are to share their faith with others, work with the poor, and educate and nourish the mind, the body, and the soul.

Society of Mary
Societas Mariae (Latin)[1]
AbbreviationS.M. (post-nominal letters)[2]
Formation2 October 1817; 203 years ago (1817-10-02)[3]
FounderBlessed Fr. Guillaume Joseph Chaminade, S.M.[4]
Founded atBordeaux, France
TypeClerical Religious Congregation of Pontifical Right (for Men)[5]
  • General Motherhouse
    Via Latina 22, 00179 Rome, Italy[6]
Coordinates41°54′4.9″N 12°27′38.2″E
1,026 members (338 priests) as of 2018[7]
Rev. Fr. André Fétis, S.M.[8]
Educational work
Parent organization
Roman Catholic Church