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.

JANUARY 2018
Migration Chairman Deeply Disappointed by Termination of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador; Calls for Congress to Find a Legislative Solution
Bicentenary of the Fourviere Pledge

WASHINGTON — On January 8th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador.

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. The vast majority of TPS recipients in the U.S. are Salvadoran.

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."


JANUARY 7-13, 2018

2018 National Migration Week

Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual's will to overcome adversity and to live a better life.

Consider the story of Ahmed Hussen, who entered Canada as a child refugee, and today is Minister of Immigration and Refugees. In this video, he shares his experience of Canada: a country of immense generosity, but also one that struggles with systemic racism, and paints a bold picture of how a country can become truly great.

Resources for reflection
- Migrants being sold as slaves in Libya
- Five Ways You Can Share the Holiday Spirit with Refugees

Pope Francis' recently released reflection Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace

U.S. Bishops' 2018 National Migration Week Resource Kit

Urge Congress to support refugee and migrant families


NOVEMBER 2017
Migration Chairman Responds to Troubling Termination of Temporary Protected Status for Haiti; Calls on Congress to Find a Solution
Bicentenary of the Fourviere Pledge

WASHINGTON – On November 20, the Department of Homeland Security announced termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti.

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.

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: Religious Minorities in Asia
Pope Francis
Let us pray for all of them, so that Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.     
Pope Francis - January 2018

"In the vastly diversified cultural world of Asia, the Church faces many risks and her task is made more difficult by the fact of her being a minority.

These risks, these challenges are shared with other minority religious traditions, with whom we share a desire for wisdom, truth and holiness.

When we think of those who are persecuted for their religion, we go beyond differences of rite or confession : We place ourselves on the side of the men and women who fight to avoid renouncing their religious identity.

Let us pray for all of them, so that Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom."

Seasonal Reflections
Seasonal Reflections

On this occasion, I would like to reflect on nonviolence as a style of politics for peace. I ask God to help all of us to cultivate nonviolence in our most personal thoughts and values. May charity and nonviolence govern how we treat each other as individuals, within society, and in international life.   Pope Francis Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace

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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.

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 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.

 

Please Enjoy our Celebration Slideshow

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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.


Call to Action
The Global Catholic Climte Movement

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.

And after you have signed, help spread the word. Share this video with others or check out our toolkit for ideas to promote the pledge.

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
 

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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  (Jan. 2018)
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Today's Marists Newsletter
     (updated Dec. 2017)
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Star BulletMarist Retreat and Jubilees

 

"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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2018 Calendar>

Caritas State of the Environment 2015-16

Caritas State of the Environment Report for Oceania 2015-16
(Download PDF)

 


We in the
USA Province
are part of a
worldwide
community,
with provinces
in Australia,
Europe, Mexico,
New Zealand,
Oceania,
and Canada.

 

 

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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