The order is distinguished by certain charisms, or gifts given by God for the benefit of the Christian community. These charisms guide all Marianist ministries and programs:
PEOPLE OF FAITH.
As spiritual individuals, Marianists carry out God’s will in their service to others.
FOLLOWERS OF MARY.
Marianists view Mary as the model of discipleship. Just as Mary gave birth to Jesus, Marianists seek to bring the presence of Jesus to life within themselves and others.
PEOPLE OF COMMUNITY.
Marianists believe that living, praying and supporting one another in community enriches their faith and strengthens their ability to meet world challenges - especially problems associated with poverty and ignorance.
DISCIPLESHIP OF EQUALS.
Brothers and priests share equal status within the Society of Mary.
LEADERS IN MISSION.
The Marianist mission is to bring Christ to the world and to work for the coming of His kingdom.