Society of Mary, of Paris; Marianists
Religious order founded at Bordeaux, France, in 1817 by Guillaume Joseph Chaminade.
The constitutions of this society specify the salvation of its own members as its primary end; its secondary end includes all works of zeal.
Christian education especially appeals to its members, who have devoted most of their energies to the management of schools.
The general superior and his assistants resided at Bordeaux until 1860, when they removed to Paris, where the headquarters of the order were maintained until the expulsion of the society from France in 1903.
Since then the seat of the general administration has been at Nivelles, Belgium.
The order spread rapidly, establishing houses in France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Africa, China, Japan, Hawaiian Islands, Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
They maintain a web site at www.marianists.org
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