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
‘Consider well if the pain you feel in your moments of dryness does not come less perhaps from the pain you may be giving to God but rather from vanity. You have seen those little dogs who are always rubbing against their master. If the master is speaking to someone else, the little animal does not, for all that, stop frisking about him, licking his hand. But if it sees that the master is paying no attention to it, well, it still does not go off, but settles at his feet. You should do the same.’ (FS 28)


Seasonal Reflection
Seasonal Reflections
Mary at the Foot of the Cross

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Pieta at Marist College
Marist founder Jean-Claude Colin talked and wrote a great deal about the inspiration for the Society in Mary’s commitment to be with the Church in these times as she had been with the newborn Church.

He spoke much of our seeking to be like Mary in the midst of the Apostles at Pentecost, so many assumed that Colin was likely speaking about those sunny moments of the new Church empowered by the Spirit and ready to go off and bring Christ to the world with enthusiasm and joy.


Marist Thoughts Seasonal Reflections

"Now there were standing by the cross of Jesus his mother and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene."We hear these words spoken at the fourth Station of the Cross when Jesus meets his afflicted mother. It is difficult to imagine the pain that Mary felt seeing her son beaten and crowned with thorns, carrying a cross that he would soon be nailed to. And yet, there she was, standing by is cross in loving support of him, letting Jesus know that he was not alone.

How many people today carry a cross? Perhaps it is the cross of addiction or domestic abuse,or the cross of homelessness or hunger. It might be the cross of loneliness or some other suffering that is hard to detect but that weighs heavily upon tired shoulders. Are we willing to faithfully and courageously stand by their cross? Are we willing to go beyond ourselves and our "afflictions" to let them know we care?

As a Marist people who accept Mary as our model in life, we can do no less. It is part of our spirituality, part of our very being, to embrace those undergoing a sorrow of their own. We cannot help but to reach out in love, mercy and understanding to those who are lost, forsaken and suffering. We cannot deny them our presence. That's what makes us a Marist people.


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