Certificate in Marianist Studies


  1. Members of Marianist Lay Communities and Lay Marianist in Formation
  2. Directors, Board Members, and Employees of Marianist Institutions
  3. Marianist Sisters, Brothers, Priests, novices, and aspirants
  4. MEAs, Marianist Educators, Spiritual Accompaniment Program members


  1. Applicants must complete six 5-week courses offered, and three 3-week seminars.
  2. VLCFF Marianist courses already completed will count toward the certificate.
  3. It is recommended that the Founders and Community courses be completed first.
  4. Pre-requisite reading: Chaminade's Message Today, by Eduardo Benlloch, available from the NACMS bookstore at www.nacms.org
  5. Participants must receive at least a "very good" on each course for the course to count toward the final Certificate.
  6. It is your responsibility to register for classes and keep track of your progress in the program. When you have finished the program, contact Laura Franklin with your request for your certificate of completion.
  7. Upon registering for this certificate program, you will need to register for your first course. You are not automatically registered for the first course by completing this application.


If you are new to the VLCFF, please complete a user profile (in the Become a New Student page, click the link to create your profile). You must be logged in to see the registration link.

Required Courses

*** If the courses you need are not available for registration, contact Patti Gehred (gehredp1@udayton.edu or 937-429-2521) for consultation on alternative course options. ***

Five Week Courses (choose six)

  • Founders *
  • Community *
  • Charism
  • Social Justice
  • Prayer
  • Mary
  • Leadership
  • Education

(*required, not optional)

Three-Week Marianist Seminars (choose two)

  • Three Offices
  • Marianist Prayer Circle
  • Virtues of Mission

Three-Week Seminars (choose one)

  • Our Hearts Were Burning
  • Theological Reflections

A Certificate of completion is awarded

  • For each completed course and seminar
  • Upon completion of the entire program

Required Textbooks for the Full Certificate Program

  • For each course's required material, refer to the VLCFF course catalog.
  • Required books can be purchased through the NACMS bookstore at www.nacms.org