The Marians have been active in Lithuania for centuries. The hub of activity for the Congregation in the country is still in Marijampole, just as it was during the lifetime of Blessed George Matulaitis-Matulewicz.
Archbishop George worked out a plan to establish new dioceses, appoint new bishops, and establish relations between the Holy See and Lithuania.
On June 28, 1987, at the close of the celebration of 500 years since the conversion of Lithuania to Christianity, Pope John Paul II beatified Blessed George, calling him "a special gift to the Church and to the Lithuanian people."
Blessed George's tomb is located in the lateral chapel of the monastery church in Marijampole. It's a popular pilgrimage site for many Lithuanian Catholics who come seeking his intercession for personal needs.
With the help of their confreres, the Lithuanian Marians are rebuilding after the collapse of communism. A major highlight was the reopening of the Marian novitiate in Marijampole in the mid-1990s. The Association of Marian Helpers is also established and growing in Lithuania under the Marians' direction.
- Very Rev. Andrius Sidlauskas, MIC
- Vicariate Superior
- J. Bendoriaus 3
- LT-68309 Marijampolė
- LIETUVA (LITHUANIA)
- Phone: (370-373) 50-938
- Fax: (370-343) 51-760
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marians in Lithuania
Religious Houses and Residences
Minor Marian Basilica, Marijampole, Lithuania