Living in Faith Experience (LIFE) is a faith-sharing group for Vianney students in the Catholic, Marianist tradition.
The first Marianists were lay people formed by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade into sodalities, or small faith-sharing groups, in 1801. During the French Revolution, when Christianity was illegal in France, the sodalities functioned as underground groups for Catholics to practice their outlawed faith. Through Chaminade's guidance, the sodalities became a means to re-Christianize France after the revolution.
Griffin LIFE continues Chaminade's vision of a faith-sharing community. It's a great way to meet new friends and strengthen the bonds of faith.
All Vianney students are welcome and encouraged to attend LIFE meetings. The group meets most Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30.
Structure and leaders
Griffin LIFE is directed by trained student leaders with help from faculty moderators. At each meeting, LIFErs explore one faith topic through activities, discussion and prayer. The focus is always on issues relevant to the lives of teenagers today.
Each summer, prospective LIFE leaders have the opportunity to attend a week-long training session sponsored by the Society of Mary in Dayton, Ohio. The students trained at these sessions go on to lead Marianist LIFE groups at Marianist high schools and parishes throughout the country.
At the beginning of each spring semester students have the opportunity to register to attend this retreat and become leaders of the Griffin LIFE program.
Griffin LIFE concludes each semester with a lock-in at Vianney for all LIFErs. We walk with God in the Marianist tradition of small faith groups. Please join us!