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Accompaniment and Aspirancy


As you consider how your future might unfold, an attraction to religious life may occasionally surface. Even if the possibility arises only occasionally during your early adult years, it might leave you wondering what those feelings are all about. If that attraction is there and you find yourself thinking about some of the following:  “I would like to make a difference in the lives of young people.”; I feel drawn to a spiritual life centered on community”; then Marist Accompaniment may be for you.


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The Accompaniment Program is the first step to help you explore and reflect on your own calling to be a Brother and to help determine if MARIST is the right “fit” for you. Becoming a member of Marist Accompaniment takes place after high school and can last for a number of years during college and beyond.



Consideration to becoming a Marist Brother is based on the following:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 40,

  • Desire to know and serve God,

  • Ability to get along with others and to live with others,

  • Willingness to develop a prayer life,

  • Enthusiasm to serve others, especially young people,

  • Practicing baptized and confirmed Catholic,

  • College graduate (or be in the process of obtaining a degree).



As an Accompaniment member you would be expected to:

  • Be an active member of the Marist Young Adult Program.

  • Be faithful to the process of reflecting on Marist life.

  • Participate in individual conversations regularly each semester with the Vocation Director and the Marist Brothers (face-to-face or electronically.)

  • Participate in service projects either with the Vocation Director, your college or high school.

  • Attend at least one annual Accompaniment event offered regionally.

  • Stay connected with your “home” Marist Brother community.

  • Attend Foundation Stones each June at the Marist Brothers Center in Esopus, NY.

  • General materials will also be sent periodically from the Vocation Office.

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The Aspirancy Program follows Accompaniment and begins when you and the Vocation Director sense a readiness for the next step toward becoming a Brother. This next step is a more formal process known as Aspirancy. When you seek to deepen your relationship to the Marist Brothers and indicate a real interest in moving further in the process, you would ask to be an Aspirant. Through discussions with the Vocation Director, you will begin (or continue) to reflect upon various components of the Brothers’ vocation: ministry, community, prayer, and the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Aspirancy can last a year or more until you are ready to apply for Postulancy, the beginning of Initial Formation.



As an Aspirant you would be expected to:

  • Engage in regular Spiritual Direction.

  • Continue the discernment process with the Vocation Director on a monthly basis.

  • Attend two Days of Recollection per year.

  • Continue visiting and possibly living for a brief period in a Marist community.

  • Continue your participation in the Marist Young Adult Program.

  • Participate in Foundation Stones each June at the Marist Brother Center in Esopus, NY.

  • Deepen your understanding, appreciation, and practice of personal prayer, Eucharist, and Marist Spirituality.

  • During Accompaniment and Aspirancy, opportunities to live with the Brothers will be offered.



For more information on our vocation programs, contact Br. Al Rivera.