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In the summer of 1996, members of the Society of Mary gathered in Rome for a General Chapter* accepted a document titled “Characteristics of Marianist Education.” On the basis of three years of consultation with those leading Marianist educational works throughout the world, an international team of four Marianists drafted the document. The purpose of the document is to articulate the common elements of Marianist educational philosophy and spirit. This document, published as Characteristics of Marianist Education, identifies and interprets these five elements that characterize the Marianist approach to education:

  • Educate for formation in faith.
  • Provide an integral quality education.
  • Educate in family spirit.
  • Educate for service, justice and peace.
  • Educate for adaptation and change.


Reprint of a booklet originally published in 1999.