What does our Charism mean?
The charism (gift of the Holy Spirit given to aid in the salvation of souls) of the Marian Sisters is to "do God’s will joyfully in imitation of Mary and St. Francis." What does this mean? How is it lived? First and foremost it is lived through a life of prayer and by God’s grace. Joy is a fruit of knowing that one is loved. A Marian Sister most knows the love of her Bridegroom when she receives Him—Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity—in Holy Communion. She joins Mary, Mother of the Crucified, and St. Francis, who greatly loved the Crucified, at the foot of the cross at Holy Mass. Through the rest of the day she carries the joy of this love to those she meets. Her fiat ("yes"), like Mary’s at the Annunciation, embraces all that the Father may send throughout the day. Like St. Francis, she recognizes with a heart full of gratitude, that all is gift. Her prayer, work, study, and recreation are all His to do with as He wills for the salvation of souls. A true gift of self each day leads to greater love and deeper joy until, please God, she is united eternally with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Heaven where all are "doing God’s will joyfully in imitation of Mary and St. Francis!"