Society of Marists
Doing the Work of Mary
Marists are men and women who strive to live the Gospel the way Mary lived it. We are scattered to the four corners of the world but united in one heart and one mind under the patronage of Mary, the mother of Jesus. We gather into religious congregations and lay movements: The Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, the Marist Sisters, the Marist Brothers, the Priests and Brothers of the Society of Mary, and many lay groups of Marist inspiration.

Today, we continue in the venture to renew the spirit and mission of the Church as a place of collaboration and true spiritual enrichment.

We invite you to discover that true strength is found in gentleness. Marist spirituality invites us to embrace this liberating truth, which comes to us from the heart of God, by following Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Like Mary, we too can hear the gentle rhythms of the grace of God in our lives by making our own her manner of thinking, judging, feeling, and acting.

    Mary's way is a direct path to the divine heart of mercy.

Monday, May 21 • Memorial of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
Feast of Mary
images/1480 Schutzmantel-Maria from RavensburgPope Francis has decreed that "the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church," should be inscribed in the Roman Calendar on the Monday after Pentecost (May 21st in 2018) and be celebrated every year in churches throughout the world.

A MARIAN CHURCH By François Març, SM
I would like to plead for a Marian Church; not for a church which multiplies processions and blesses huge statues…. rather a Church which "lives the Gospel after the manner of Mary."

Read "A Marian Church" Reflection>

Read the full Decree on the celebration
of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church>

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) News
Bicentenary of the Fourviere Pledge
TPS is a temporary, renewable, and statutorily authorized humanitarian migration program that permits individuals to remain and work lawfully in the U.S. during a period in which it is deemed unsafe for nationals of that country to return home. TPS currently protects thousands of people from deportation. They are our fellow parishioners, sisters, brothers, community leaders and colleagues. Some have been here for decades.

Save TPS for Nepal and Honduras!

The Department of Homeland Security must will decide whether to extend or end TPS for Honduras and Nepal near the end of April 2018.

Nepal has not yet recovered from the earthquake that devastated the country in 2015, while Honduras is not stable enough to reabsorb the 57,000 people who have been in the U.S. since 1999. TPS holders use their work permits to open businesses, integrate into their new communities, and help rebuild their native countries by sending money to their families. Ending TPS for either of these countries would harm communities both here and abroad.

Read "The Human Impact of Terminating
Temporary Protected Status for Nepal">

Read "Know Your Immigration Options and Risks">


Migration Chairman Deeply Disappointed by Termination of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador; Calls for Congress to Find a Legislative Solution

WASHINGTON — On January 8th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador.

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the Committee on Migration (USCCB/COM), issued the following statement:

"The decision to terminate TPS for
El Salvador is heartbreaking...

Our nation must not turn its back on
TPS recipients and their families;
they too are children of God."

Migration Chairman Responds to Troubling Termination of Temporary Protected Status for Haiti; Calls on Congress to Find a Solution

WASHINGTON – On November 20, the Department of Homeland Security announced termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. There are an estimated 50,000 Haitian TPS recipients living in the U.S.

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration (USCCB/COM), issued the following statement in response:

"Yesterday's decision to terminate TPS for Haiti is deeply troubling. As discussed in our recent delegation trip report, Haiti is not yet in a position where it can safely accept return of the estimated 50,000 Haitian nationals who have received TPS. This decision will devastate many families with TPS members, including those with U.S. citizen children.

Pope Francis: The Mission of the Laity
Pope FrancisThat the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.  Pope Francis - May 2018

"Lay people are on the front line of the life of the Church.

We need their testimony regarding the truth of the Gospel and their example of expressing their faith by practicing solidarity.

Let us give thanks for the lay people who take risks,
who are not afraid and who offer reasons for hope
to the poorest, to the excluded, to the marginalized.

Let us pray together this month that the
lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission,
the mission that they received in Baptism,
putting their creativity at the service
of the challenges of today's world."

Seasonal Reflections
Seasonal Reflections

Peacebuilding through active nonviolence is the natural and necessary complement to the Church’s continuing efforts to limit the use of force by the application of moral norms: she does so by her participation in the work of international institutions and through the competent contribution made by so many Christians to the drafting of legislation at all levels. Jesus himself offers a “manual” for this strategy of peacemaking in the Sermon on the Mount. Pope Francis Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace

Read Our Seasonal Reflections>

Marist Thoughts
Marist Thoughts

Marists often speak of a Marian Church as a church with its doors wide open. It is a Church that welcomes, that bids others to enter and to know Jesus Christ and all the joy, love and peace that he offers.

But the doors of a Marian Church
are open for another reason.
They are open to enable the Church,
the people of God, to go outward.

In going outward, the Church touches the lives of those who some may regard as "the least." They include among them the homeless and the hungry, the alcoholic and those whose bodies and hearts have been torn apart by addiction to drugs.

Our Lady
by Laura James

But often, they are people whose lives have been shattered by broken dreams, broken relationships (sometimes with the Church itself), and a feeling of abandonment. They are suffering and seeking at the same time, wondering if anyone cares and hoping that something better awaits them.

A Marian Church does not have all the answers for them. It is itself a people of God who are in struggle. But Marists believe that the model of Church they offer can make some difference in the lives of those who are in groaning.

At the very least it is willing to listen to their groaning, to speak to them of a Christ who cares, and to journey with them on their Calvary. It is a Church willing to go beyond doctrine and to feel deeply for others.

Read More Marist Thoughts on A Marian Church>

Read about A Marian People in action>



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Call to Action

Support HR 4796, the USA Act of 2018, and HR 3440, the DREAM Act of 2017

Ask Your Representatives to Protect Dreamers by
(1) Supporting H.R. 4796, the USA Act of 2018, and H.R. 3440, the DREAM Act of 2017; AND
(2) Moving Legislation Forward to a Vote in the House

Without a legislative solution, Dreamers' futures remain uncertain and they live in fear of deportation. Congress should take urgent action to protect these extraordinary young people.

Call to Action
The Global Catholic Climte Movement

Sign the Laudato Si' Pledge

For the second anniversary of Laudato Si', we are asking you to take action.

Click here to sign the pledge to live Laudato Si' by praying with and for creation, living more simply, and advocating for our common home.

And after you have signed, help spread the word. Share this video with others or check out our toolkit for ideas to promote the pledge.

Why is climate change
a moral issue?

"You cannot care for
creation if your heart
lacks compassion
for your fellow
human beings."




Star BulletStatement of Identity 
Star BulletBrother Robert Sokolowski Honored with Papal Award
Star BulletDorothy Day, A Light for Justice
Star BulletCelebration of Religious Brothers

Spiritual center
  Star BulletSunday Reflections
Star BulletSeasonal Reflections

Star BulletAbout Mary
Star BulletTake Five  (May 2018)
Star BulletJourney with Colin
Need Prayer?
media lounge
  Star BulletI Am A Marist: A Marian People, A Marian Church
Star BulletI Am A Marist: Rene Iturbe
Face of the Church ~ Instrument of Mercy

Star BulletMinistry Reflections by
    Paul Hachey, SM
Star BulletMarist Postulant Recognized for Musical Talent in Production Celebrating Leonard Bernstein
Star BulletBishop Konzen Ordination
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Today's Marists Newsletter
     (updated Dec. 2017)
Star BulletA Fire Cast Upon the Earth: On The Waterfront in Ranong


"In a spirit of compassion, let us embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty
and environmental degradation to leave their homelands."

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Celebration of the 51st World Day of Peace 2018




Society of Mary USA 2018 Calendar
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Caritas State of the Environment 2015-16

Caritas State of the Environment Report for Oceania 2015-16
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in Australia,
Europe, Mexico,
New Zealand,
and Canada.


Society of Mary in the US (Marist Fathers and Brothers)