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.

From Our Founder From Our Founder

'A society too has its own spirit. Given by whom? Clearly, by God if the same spirit is found enshrined in the Rule. It is only in keeping to this spirit that we shall do good. If we do not keep it, we may create a stir and win the admiration of men, but we shall not do all the good that God requires of us.' (FS 102:3)


Seasonal Reflection
Seasonal Reflections
A Marian Church

Maddona and Child

The following are excerpts from Marist François Març's reflection:

I would like to plead for a Marian Church …. a Church which "lives the Gospel after the manner of Mary."

The Marian Church follows Mary …. going off with her to encounter life …. for possibilities, for the life which beats in things.

The Marian Church rejoices and sings …. she is in wonder at the beauty there is on the earth and in the human heart, as she sees what God is doing there.

The Marian Church knows … that God has the heart of a mother. She has seen God on the doorstep …. the Marian Church despairs of no one …. When she finds someone on the side of the road wounded by life, she is moved by compassion, and with infinite tenderness tends their wounds. She is the safe harbor, who is always open, the refuge of sinners, "mater misericordiae," Mother of Mercy.

The Marian Church does not know the answers before the questions are posed …. She accepts that she must search.

The Marian Church …. goes out to chat with the other villagers. She weeps with them, she rejoices with them …. Above all she listens.

The Marian Church stands at the foot of the Cross…. She is vulnerable in her deeds as in her words. With a humble courage she stands alongside the most insignificant.

The Marian Church lets in the wind of Pentecost, the wind which impels one to go out, which unties tongues. In the public square … she proclaims her message: the promise has been kept …. And this is the great secret which she can only murmur: to win the victory God has laid down his arms….

And there, on the Cross, we have seen the "mercy," the open heart of God.

There at the foot of the Cross a people was born, a Marian people….

Brothers and sisters, let us belong to this people. Let us make a place for Mary in our home. Let us enter with her into the "humble and heart-rending happiness" of loving and being loved. And, in the words of Therese of Lisieux, the Church will be in this world "a heart resplendent with love".


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Saint John XXIII and the Marists have much in common. Pope John is quoted as saying that "Nowadays, the Spouse of Christ (the Church) prefers to make use of the "medicine of mercy" rather than the "medicine of severity" when relating to people. The Pope then went on to say that the Church meets the needs of the present day by demonstrating the truths of her teachings through gentle persuasion rather than by condemnation. Mercy and gentle persuasion have long been virtues Marists have strived to live out in their daily life and ministry. Let us pray that as a Marist people we will continue to advance those virtues.



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