This past weekend the Marianists in formation from the Province of the United States and the Province of Meribah gathered together in St. Louis to share the founding vision of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. Marianists from Ohio, Texas, Missouri, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and New York joined together at the 200 acre property of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Illinois for prayer.
There at The Annunciation Garden we saw the larger-than-life sculptures of the Blessed Virgin and the Angel Gabriel mounted on a stone wall. "Behold the hand maid of the Lord be it done to me according to thy word." How appropriate to start off the weekend with the Annunciation, especially after our successful gathering at Operation Fiat of many young men interested in exploring the Marianists with an evening at the Kellenberg Community.
National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows, Illinois
The Marianists had the opportunity to visit two Marianist schools in St. Louis, Chaminade College Prep and St. John Vianney.
The weekend was a great experience of learning and fellowship for all the Marianists who particpated.