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.

USCCB Statement on Termination of DACA Program
Bicentenary of the Fourviere Pledge

"The cancellation of the DACA program
is reprehensible. It causes unnecessary fear
for DACA youth and their families."

September 5, 2017

USCCB President, Vice President and Committee Chairmen Denounce Administration's Decision to End DACA
and Strongly Urge Congress to Find Legislative Solution

U.S. Conference of Catholic BishopsWASHINGTON— The President and Vice President along with Chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued a statement denouncing the Administration's termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after six months.

The following statement from USCCB President Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, along with USCCB Vice President, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman, Committee on Migration, and Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, chairman of the Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees, and Travelers says the "cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible."

Over 780,000 youth received protection from the DACA program since its inception by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2012. DACA provided no legal status or government benefits but did provide recipients with temporary employment authorization to work in the United States and reprieve from deportation.


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: To witness to the Gospel in Asia
Pope Francis
Let us pray that Christians in Asia may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.   
Pope Francis - November 2017

"The most striking feature of Asia is the variety of its peoples who are heirs to ancient cultures, religions and traditions. On this continent, where the Church is a minority, the challenges are intense.

We must promote dialogue among religions and cultures. Dialogue is an essential part of the mission of the Church in Asia.

Let us pray that Christians in Asia may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions."

Seasonal Reflections
Seasonal Reflections

“The Society must begin a new Church over again. I do not mean that in a literal sense, that would-be blasphemy. But still, in a certain sense, yes, we must begin a new Church. The Society of Mary, like the Church, began with simple, poorly educated men; but since then the Church has developed and encompassed everything. We too must gather together everyone through the Third Order.” Jean-Claude Colin, sm “It is a new humanity and a new Church which must be reborn from the maelstrom of our present times.” Pius XI 1930

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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
The Global Catholic Climte Movement

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For the second anniversary of Laudato Si’, we are asking you to take action.

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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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Star BulletBrother Robert Sokolowski Honored with Papal Award
Star BulletDorothy Day, A Light for Justice
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Laudato Si’ Study & Action Guide for Individuals & Small Groups

Laudato Si' Study
& Action Guide for
Individuals & Small Groups
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Society of Mary USA 2017 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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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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