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Welcome from the Superior General

Welcome to the official Website of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, popularly known as the Marians. We are a Roman Catholic worldwide religious community of about 500 priests and brothers, currently present in 21 countries on 6 continents, who have been serving Christ and the Church for almost 350 years.

Our community, which dates back to 1670, was founded in Poland by Saint Stanislaus Papczyński. It is the first male religious order in the Church to give witness to Mary's Immaculate Conception by bearing her title. The Founder of the Marians particularly inspired his spiritual sons with the call to pray for the souls in Purgatory and assist pastors in need. In the 1730-1750s, the Venerable Servant of God, Fr. Casimir of St. Joseph Wyszynski devoted himself to the international growth and reform of the Marians in fidelity to the spirit and ideals set forth by the Founder. A hallmark of Fr. Casimir’s efforts was the founding of the first Marian monastery outside Poland, on Mount Balsamao, Portugal, in 1754.

As the decades passed, the Marians continued to spread from Poland westward. However, at the turn of the 18th century, the Marian Congregation's very existence, like other religious communities, was challenged by a flood of political oppression. It was a difficult and dark time for the Church.

By the early 1900s, the Marian Congregation was reduced to one member. Sadly, the community was dying and at risk of extinction. Blessed George Matulaitis-Matulewicz returned to the parish of his youth with the goal of renewing the religious order with which he grew up.

As an educator and social reformer, Bl. George renovated the Congregation of Marians in 1910, calling on them "to serve where the need was greatest." It was a period of restoration and great renewal for the Marians. Forever known as the Renovator, Bl. George challenged his fellow brothers in Christ to "respond to the signs of their time…" and "see how the Gospel is touching humanity."

Today, we continue to live our commitment to the holy Fr. Founder's and Blessed Fr. Renovator’s ideals and bear humble witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Under the mantle of Mary Immaculate, we are faithful to the Holy Father and the teachings of the Church. We are privileged and happy to count on the support, cooperation, and prayers of thousands of men and women with whom we share our charism and spirituality.

The general government of the Marians offers this Website as a source of information and exchange. In the name of all Marians, but especially my confreres here, in Rome, I welcome you to our "home" in cyberspace and invite you to browse through its contents. Our call to serve Christ and His Church and our love of Mary Immaculate, the Mother of God, impel us, Marians of the Immaculate Conception, to be prophetic bearers of God’s merciful love, especially to people in greatest need. Thank you for visiting our website.

May God bless you with grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Immaculate Mother,

Andrzej Pakuła, MIC
Superior General

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