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SLIM is acronym of Sodalicii Laicalis Iosephini Marelliani or Association for Josephite-Marellian Laity. It is the umbrella organization of all lay people who wish to observe the Josephite-Marellian spirituality as lived by St. Joseph Marello founder of the congregation of the Oblates of St. Joseph.

In the Philippines, SLIM comprises three federated OSJ lay organizations namely: Federation of OSJ Cooperators, Custos and Federation of OSJ Schools Alumni Associations.


The Josephite−Marellian Laity is:

Christian because they want to follow closely the Divine Master and make themselves true disciples of Jesus Christ;

Ecclesial because they belong to the church and the service oh the churches;

Missionary because they take care all places the “interests of Jesus” in the spirit of St. Joseph Marello; and

Josephite because next to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the intercession of St. Joseph to Jesus is most secured.


The members of the Association commit themselves to live their Christian vocation:

In their personal life with faithfulness to their baptismal and confirmation promises, with exemplary Christian conduct, aware of the Lord;

In their society , performing in a decisive manner their profession and social-political duties, in order to contribute to the formation of a society that supports legality, peace and solidarity, based on the social teaching of the church. The members placed themselves in the cultural and political processes, characteristic of the Josephite-Marellian spirit;

In the Church , remembering the words of St. John Paul II, addressed to the Oblates, speaking at the conclusion of the XIV General chapter in 2008 (“In order to respond to the modern exigencies of the evangelization, it goes always indispensable the collaboration of the Laity” (part of John Paul II‘s statement to the Oblates). ; and

In co-responsibility with the Oblates , not only in making themselves available to carry out activities but also a sharing in the choices and in the management of fundamental pastoral activities in its various dimension.

Federation of the Oblates of St. Joseph Cooperators


The Federation is the oldest lay organization whose members dedicate themselves to the promotion of the devotion to saint Joseph and to help the Province especially in their material needs.

The basic group of the federation is called a unit. Almost all parishes under the administration of the Oblates of St. Joseph have a unit. Teachers of all OSJ schools are also automatic members.

Throughout the years, the Cooperators have helped in the formation of the would-be priests and brothers of the Province and in the development and improvement of the churches and seminaries.

Among the top priorities of the Federation is the spiritual formation of every member. This is to give spiritual readiness to the members for them to commit themselves to the service of God. Thus, series of recollections and retreats are given to both unit and federation levels. The cooperators also assist well the Province in the promotion and propagation of the devotions to St. Joseph and St. Joseph Marello.

An Oblate priest is assigned to the Federation of the OSJ Cooperators as their spiritual director.


As a response to the resolution of the Third Congress of the Josephite-Marellian Lay on February 2009, the OSJ Philippine Province took the initiative to gather all Josephite male organizations. This new group is called Custos.

There are various groups of Josephite male devotees that have been established in a number of the parishes administered by the Congregation. Two of them are the Josefinos and the Men of St. Joseph.


It is an organization of men devoted to our patron and patriarch, St. Joseph. They sustain their devotion to St. Joseph by promoting and serving the interests of Jesus through attending masses, novena prayers, regular monthly gatherings and meetings, and by being role models to the youth in their respective families, parishes and society.

They are present in the following parishes: Most Holy Rosary Parish, Padre Garcia; Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Rosario; and St. Joseph the Patriarch Parish, San Jose.

Men of St. Joseph

The Men of St. Joseph came about as a result of a challenge made by then parochial vicar of Santuario de San Jose, Fr. Francis Siguan, to all the male parishioners to form a “deeply involved association of unconditionally committed men of the parish with St. Joseph as their patron saint model”.

There were 15 men who banded themselves and regularly met to drawn up the organization‘s charter leading up to the organization‘s inauguration on September 1, 1982 with 29 members signing the documents.

Through the years, many people have come and gone and the organization itself has had its ups and downs. However, in preparation for 40th anniversary of the Canonical Erection of Santuario de San Jose as a Parish (1967), its Parish priest , Rev. Fr. Noel Magtaas, OSJ, saw it fit to revive, regroup, and reawaken this unique association of men to actively propagate the devotion to St. Joseph. More so, they work towards creating a desire to pursue a better understanding of the virtue of St. Joseph and striving to follow in his footstep towards having a deeply spiritual life.