The Marianist Social Justice Collaborative began in 1998. Since that time, we have continued the founding vision of the Collaborative: to educate the Marianist Family about social justice, to help Marianist Family members network around common social justice concerns and to provide community reflection and support for Marianists to do the work of justice. MSJC tries to operate in the spirit of our Marianist Founders in forming a community that draws from the contributions of the many diverse elements of the Marianist Family. Just as the method of our founders was to help form individuals and communities who would cooperate with the Holy Spirit under the inspiration of the Mary in building up the Body of Christ, the MSJC seeks to do the same in the area of social justice.

Our Ongoing Efforts

Following the gospel of Jesus Christ, every member of the Marianist Family will empower individuals, families and groups to build the common good. In solidarity with the poor and marginalized, we dedicate ourselves to promoting human dignity, protecting human rights, and stewarding earth’s resources.

Our Vision Statement

Through the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative, the three branches of the Marianist Family in North America (the Society of Mary, the Marianist Sisters, and the Marianist Lay Community) unite and multiply the efforts of Marianists to act for social justice. We offer hope, inspiration and opportunity for action through education, outreach and advocacy at the local, national and international levels.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Our Story

The strength of a Marianist faith is its focus on including the variety and wealth of experiences of all those in the Church, and in the world, into conversation and into community. We strive to create open environments, respect the diversity of all, work towards unity, and be welcoming to all. 

Inclusivity

We build communities of faith that embody a family spirit, empower all members, create belonging in a world often lacking it, and build on strength, diversity, and equality.

Community

As Marianists, we are formed by Mary and use her as a faithful example of how to live our lives. 

Mary

Marianists participate in the mission of the entire Catholic Church to stand up for the poor and marginalized, work toward the common good, and integrate faith and culture.

Mission

We live our lives with a deeply rooted faith in Christ, and commitment to gospel values.

Faith of the Heart

The work of MSJC grew from our connection to our Marianist charism, the unique call we experience to make Christ present in our world today. As Marianists, our mission, simply stated, is that we are “Missionaries of Mary.” We are open to being formed by Mary and to be a part of her mission of bringing Christ into the world. The everyday manifestations of this charism, being a Missionary for Mary, are as follows: 

The roots of Marianist Social Justice Collaborative can be traced back to the early 1990s. Annual meetings of Marianist brothers, focused on discussing engagement with social justice and how to support one another in this work, quickly spread to include Marianist sisters and lay members of the Marianist Family. In 1998, the MSJC was formed as a result of these dialogues. 

Social Justice Through a Marianist Lens

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The strength of a Marianist faith is its focus on including the variety and wealth of experiences of all those in the Church, and in the world, into conversation and into community. We strive to create open environments, respect the diversity of all, work towards unity, and be welcoming to all. 

Inclusivity

We build communities of faith that embody a family spirit, empower all members, create belonging in a world often lacking it, and build on strength, diversity, and equality.

Community

As Marianists, we are formed by Mary and use her as a faithful example of how to live our lives. 

Mary

Marianists participate in the mission of the entire Catholic Church to stand up for the poor and marginalized, work toward a common good, and integrate faith and culture.

Mission

We live our lives with a deeply rooted faith in Christ, and commitment to gospel values.

Faith of the Heart

The work of MSJC grew from our connection to our Marianist charism, the unique call we experience to make Christ present in our world today. As Marianists, our mission, simply stated, is that we are “Missionaries of Mary.” We are open to being formed by Mary and to be a part of her mission of bringing Christ into the world. The everyday manifestations of this charism, being a Missionary for Mary, are as follows: 

The roots of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative can be traced back to the early 1990s. Annual meetings of Marianist brothers, focused on discussing engagement with social justice and how to support one another in this work, quickly spread to include Marianist sisters and lay members of the Marianist Family. In 1998, the MSJC was formed as a result of these dialogues. 

Social Justice Through a Marianist Lens

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Work to build more collaborative connections during our annual meetings. 

Sponsor several MSJC-connected people to attend a Circle Process Training and/or the Catholic Mobilizing Network Restorative Justice Conference.

Expand our fundraising capacity in 2020 to support the hiring of a full time director by 2022. 

Design a process for Marianist ministries to use in discerning how each is called to be sensitive to and inclusive and supportive of LGBT persons. 

MSJC 2020 Goals:

Work to increase diversity within MSJC by engaging in discussion with other groups or organizations that have already done so.

helps give us a lens for what social justice means and what social justice looks likes. Using our charism, MSJC sought to identify some of the qualities or emphases that might characterize a Marianist-specific approach to social justice. The qualities on the right are not necessarily a final or complete list, but we do believe they accurately articulate MSJC’s social justice approach. 

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Saying Yes

Mary said yes to what must have seemed an impossible and scary ask by God. We are also called to say yes to work for social justice in our lives. Yes to confronting systems and structures that cause injustice in our world. Yes to being as well as doing. Yes to opening ourselves up to being changed. And there are many more ways we can say yes!

Building Community

Marianists take on social justice issues as more than individuals. We build communities around all the issues we try to bring to justice. We are called to be communities that exist to advance the common good. 

Living Simply

We are called by Marianist spirituality, and by Mary’s example, to simplify our lives. We should not be possessed by our possessions, we should avoid the temptation to stay so busy that we cannot respond to others’ needs, and we should be content with the things we have.

Hospitality

Marianists are commonly known for their spirit of hospitality. We need to learn to push ourselves into a deeper, uncomfortable hospitality, where we can enter into relationships, projects and possibilities with people of many different backgrounds and values. We are especially called to be hospitable to the poor and marginalized.

Joining Voices with the Voiceless

Marianists must seek to find opportunities to listen to those in our society who are voiceless. We honor the marginalized in our lives by showing up for them with our presence and concern. We amplify their voices and their concerns after we have listened intently.

Interdependence

Our Marianist faith encourages us to acknowledge our interdependence with one another, instead of promoting individualism. We must see that everyone has unique gifts to contribute and adds richness to our communities through their diversity.

Passion for the mission

Mary is the woman who fearlessly said yes to God’s call and stood at the foot of the cross, in solidarity with her son. She is a woman of courage, faith, and passion. We need to use Mary as a model to work for social justice today. Our work must always be of both the work of our head and of our heart. We are called to be in mission against the injustices of the world and to have a true passion for standing up for the values we believe in. 

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