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.

Justice for Immigrant Families and Children
Feast of Mary

images/1480 Schutzmantel-Maria from RavensburgEvery stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age (See Matthew 25:35-43).
Pope Francis, from his 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees Message

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Migrants and Refugees Message>

The Marists of the U.S. Province came to the United States to minister to immigrants on the move who speak other languages, and it has been part of our history since our arrival here in the United States in 1863.

We follow the lead of the U.S. Bishops in seeking a humane and consistent immigration policy for the United States but cannot be blind to the painful human needs and social situations of our immigrant brothers and sisters.

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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">

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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: Priests and their Pastoral Ministry
Pope FrancisThat priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.  Pope Francis - July 2018

"The tiredness of priests...
Do you know how often I think about it?

Priests, with their virtues and defects, work in many different areas. Working on so many active fronts, they cannot remain inactive after a disappointment.

At such times, it's good for them to remember that the people love their priests, need them, and trust in them.

Let us pray together that priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests."

Seasonal Reflections
Seasonal Reflections

This is also a programme and a challenge for political and religious leaders, the heads of international institutions, and business and media executives: to apply the Beatitudes in the exercise of their respective responsibilities. It is a challenge to build up society, communities, and business by acting as peacemakers. It is to show mercy by refusing to discard people, harm the environment, or seek to win at any cost.   Pope Francis Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace

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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.

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THE MARIST WAY
 

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Spiritual center
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Star BulletTake Five  (July 2018)
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media lounge
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Face of the Church ~ Instrument of Mercy

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Today's Marists Newsletter
     (updated June 2018)
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"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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