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.

Bicentenary of the Fourviere Pledge: 23 July 2016
Bicentenary of the Fourviere Pledge

The following consecration will be made during the bicentenary mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Fourvière on Saturday 23 July by the four superiors general of the Marist Family and those present in the name of all Marists:

We, religious and lay Marists, together today at Fourvière,
like the first Marists, we bring the best of ourselves...

All: We bring the best of ourselves. ...

for the greater glory of God and the honour of Mary, mother of Our Lord Jesus. We have chosen to continue the Work of Mary in the family that bears her name.

All: We have chosen to continue the Work of Mary.

We recognize that we have been chosen to continue to portray the Marian face of the Church in the world of today. We want to be bearers of mercy, life and hope to all who are waiting to meet brothers and sisters on their journey of life.

All: We want to be bearers of mercy, life and hope.

We shall be particularly attentive to our brothers and sisters who are suffering and most in need. We desire, therefore, with whatever means we have, to make the Church friendly, open and faithful to the Gospel.

All: We want to make the Church friendly, open and faithful to the Gospel.

We accept in advance the hardships and trials that this commitment may demand, and the discomfort, insecurity and risks that it will entail.

All: We accept in advance the hardships and trials.

We acknowledge how small we are and so we put all our trust in God and in Mary.

All: We put all our trust in God and in Mary.

We ask God, through Mary, for the strength to be faithful to whatever God expects of us. Amen.

The Marist International Youth (Maristyouthint-channel) on YouTube will broadcast the mass live from the Basilica of Fourvière 23 July, 10.30 (UTC+1)

Many Blessings to All for the Feast on Saturday!

At the request of the Marist Family joint committee preparing the Fourvière celebration,
Fr. Kevin Bates from the province of Australia has written a song to mark the occasion:
"More than Memories".

The Marist World Prepares To Commemorate
200 Years Of Its Founding Pledge

By Fr. Ted Keating, SM

Early on the morning of July 23, 1816, a group of young men made their way up 800 steps leading to the ancient shrine of Fourvière, in Lyons, France. For more than a year, they had shared intense conversations about a major project they had been encouraging each other to bring to fruition: the foundation of a Religious Congregation totally devoted to Mary, Mother of God.

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Pope Francis: Indigenous Peoples
Pope Francis
That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened,
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Seasonal Reflections
Seasonal Reflections

Mary is the master work of the hands of God, the prodigy of His power, the miracle of His wisdom and mercy. From a Sermon of Jean-Claude Colin, S.M., founder of the Society of Mary, known also as the Marists.

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Marist Thoughts
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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