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.

Religious Brothers Day • May 1
Religious Brothers DayReligious Brothers DayArtwork: "Servanthood" by Debbie Saenz, used with permission.

God of mercy and compassion,
thank you for the extraordinary life, witness, and ministry
of Religious Brothers in our Church.

In your wisdom, you have called these ordinary men
to generously serve, pray,
and share your healing love with others.

As we celebrate our annual Religious Brothers Day,
deepen our appreciation for the vocation
of Religious Brothers, their congregational charisms,
and their commitment to vowed community life.

Strengthened by our baptismal call to holiness,
inspire us to invite men
to consider a religious life as a Religious Brother.

Grant all Religious Brothers the grace and perseverance
they need to proclaim your Holy Word
for the life of our Church and our world.
Amen

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Bishop Joel M. Konzen, S.M.

Joel Konzen, SM, Bishop-Elect AtlantaApril 5, 2018 -The Episcopal Ordination of Marist Joel Konzen took place this week at the Cathedral of Christ the King in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia. The Monday evening Solemn Vespers and Tuesday afternoon Ordination were attended by his family, Marist confreres and many others who gathered to support this significantly new chapter in his ministerial life.

Bishop Joel's chosen motto, "Miserere Gaudens" was translated in the Solemn Vespers program: "Be Merciful and with a Cheerful Heart."

Videos of both events are available for viewing at www.livestream.com/archatl

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: For Those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters
Pope FrancisThat economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.  Pope Francis - April 2018

"The economy cannot attempt only to increase profits
by reducing the work force and thereby adding
to the ranks of the excluded.

It must follow the path marked out by business leaders, politicians, thinkers, and leaders in society who place the human person in first place, and do everything possible to ensure that there are opportunities of dignified work.

Let us raise our voices together, asking that economists
may have the courage to reject an economy of exclusion
and know how to open new paths.

Seasonal Reflections
Seasonal Reflections

Mary, speaking in the long tradition of Israel’s women prophets (Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Judith), proclaims God’s liberation for oppressed peoples everywhere.  Gerald Hall, SM Marist Mission as Prophetic Dialogue

Read Our Seasonal Reflections>


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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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."

 

 

THE MARIST WAY
 

Star BulletStatement of Identity 
Star BulletBrother Robert Sokolowski Honored with Papal Award
Star BulletDorothy Day, A Light for Justice
Star BulletBicentenary of the
Fourviere Pledge

 
Spiritual center
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Star BulletAbout Mary
Star BulletTake Five  (April 2018)
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Need Prayer?
 
media lounge
  Star BulletI Am A Marist: Rene Iturbe
Face of the Church ~ Instrument of Mercy

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Today's Marists Newsletter
     (updated Dec. 2017)
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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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