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.

FEBRUARY 6, 2018

Bishop-Elect Joel M. Konzen, S.M.

Joel Konzen, SM, Bishop-Elect AtlantaMonday morning, February 5, brought the news that Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Joel Konzen, S.M., currently Principal of Marist School, as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Bishop-elect Konzen will be ordained to the Episcopacy on Tuesday, April 3.

The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta, announced the news in Atlanta at 10 a.m. Monday morning at a press conference broadcast live on the archdiocesan Facebook page. The Archbishop noted that it was during Catholic Schools Week that Pope Francis "took one of our Catholic school administrators and gave him a new job."

Archbishop Gregory introduced Joel saying that after Joel had accepted the appointment he shared his own observation that the Holy Father has a "way of ruining a good night’s sleep" – to which Joel agreed!

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.

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: Formation in Spiritual Discernment
Pope FrancisThat the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.     
Pope Francis - March 2018

"The Church today needs to grow in the ability of spiritual discernment. There are many ways of living life well, using it for serving human and Christian ideals. We were created by God out of love and to love.

Every Christian ought to grow in the ability to "read within" his or her life, and to understand where and to what he or she is being called by the Lord, in order to carry on his mission. The times in which we live demand that we develop a profound capacity of discernment...

To discern, from among all the voices we hear, which is the Lord's voice, which is the voice of Him who guides us to the Resurrection, to Life, and the voice that frees us from falling into the "culture of death".

Let us pray together that the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels."

Seasonal Reflections
Seasonal Reflections

When victims of violence are able to resist the temptation to retaliate, they become the most credible promoters of nonviolent peacemaking.  Pope Francis Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace

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Marist Thoughts
Marist Thoughts

The sacred season of Lent is a time for making peace with Christ and become reconciled with him once again. It is an occasion for breaking down barriers that have separated us from the Lord, barriers that have created tension and have only served to alienate us from the One we have loved.

Marist spirituality speaks to the heart about peace and reconciliation, not only with Jesus our brother and Savior, but with one another.

It has long been part of Marist history and mission to respectfully and gently seek healing of division among God's people so that all may be reconciled, so that all may be one in spirit, heart, and mind.

How does such a reconciliation come about? It happens through the grace of God and our being open to the healing and reconciling grace from above. It comes about through prayer and by our reaching out from a place of prayer to those with whom we need to be reconciled.

It takes place by our going beyond ourselves and identifying with them. That's what it means to seek peace and reconciliation.

That what it means to be Marist.

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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.

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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.

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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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Today's Marists Newsletter
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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


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