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.

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

WASHINGTON – On November 20, the Department of Homeland Security announced termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti.

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.

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.


U.S. Bishops' Anti-Racism Committee Chair
Lifts Up National Day of Prayer

WASHINGTON Sept. 1– Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, called on Catholics and all people of faith to observe an annual Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on September 9, the Feast of St. Peter Claver.

"St. Peter Claver is a model for us in understanding that hard work and perseverance is required to combat the sin of racism and build community; we must begin and end this effort in prayer together, even as we seek to act in concrete ways," Bishop Murry continued. 

Pope Francis: For the elderly
Pope Francis
Let us keep in mind our elders, so that sustained by families and institutions, may with their wisdom and experience collaborate in the education of new generations.     Pope Francis - December 2017

"A people that does not take care of grandparents,
that does not treat them well, has no future!
The elderly have wisdom.
They are entrusted with a great responsibility:
to transmit their life experience, their family history, the history of a community, of a people.
Let us keep in mind our elders,
so that sustained by families and institutions,
may with their wisdom and experience
collaborate in the education of new generations."

Seasonal Reflections
Seasonal Reflections

For well over a century and a half, commitment to the Marist way has been a source of joy and consolation for many thousands of people. It has placed them in a special relationship with Mary and through her with Jesus. Mary has become for them a protector and guide. Their lives have been changed as they learn from Mary how best to follow Jesus. They have felt the support, encouragement, challenge, and companionship on the spiritual journey that comes with belonging to the Marist family. – “The Marist Way” by the Marist Laity Service Committee 2004

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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Latino Community at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish
Pope Francis
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25: 35

Latino Dance Troupe performs at the 10th Anniversary of the Latino Community at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish

On February 19th Our Lady of the Assumption parish (OLA) celebrated the 10th anniversary of the beginning of its ministry within the Latino Community. The celebration began with a beautiful Eucharist presided by Joel Grissom SM with pastor Jim Duffy SM and Marist Provincial Paul Frechette SM assisting, which was followed by a colorful supper for 300 prepared and served by the Latino community. The participants were entertained by two Latino musical bands and a dance troupe.

It was a great opportunity to recognize and give thanks to God for the different ways the Marist community has responded to the needs of the Atlanta's Spanish-speaking population. From the beginning of its work in the United States in 1863, the Society of Mary has served the immigrant community and minorities. Following the spirit of Mary, the mother of Jesus, the Marist community has created ministries that bring spiritual enrichment especially to those who have been marginalized.


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Call to Action

Urge DHS to extend TPS
for Haiti for
18 months

As a person of faith, and a member of the Justice for Immigrants coalition, I ask you to urge the Administration to provide an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Additionally, I ask you to support a legislative solution in Congress that will preserve the ability of TPS recipients to continue living and working legally in the U.S.

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."




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Star BulletBrother Robert Sokolowski Honored with Papal Award
Star BulletDorothy Day, A Light for Justice
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Fourviere Pledge

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Today's Marists Newsletter
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Marist Thoughts

We are told that the early Christian communities
were one in mind and heart,

and held all things in common.

The communities were places
of prayer filled with the
Spirit of Christ, where people
gathered in peace and in
reconciliation, justice and joy.
They were places where one
might find understanding,
acceptance, and mercy.

The very attributes
ascribed to the early
Christian communities
are the very values
all Marists are called
to live today.

Wherever they may minister,
be it in schools or parishes,
colleges or hospitals, missions
or shrines, you will find them of
one mind and one heart,
living the Gospel of
Jesus Christ.

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