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2017 Conference of Marist Fathers' Schools in North America

A workshop was held for 38 educators from North American schools owned or sponsored by the Society of Mary June 11-14, near Pontiac, Michigan.  This was the 5th Conference of North American Marist schools. The purpose of the three days was to share more information about the Society of Mary, its history and philosophy of education with lay teachers and staff members at our schools.  It was also a time to meet and share ideas with colleagues from Marist schools in Mexico City and Guadalajara, Quebec, and Atlanta, Duluth, Pontiac and San Francisco, USA.

Marist Educators get inspired at workshop

Participants heard from four dynamic presenters:  Fr. Alois Greiler, s.m., from Germany; Mr. Mike Coveny and Fr. Bill Rowland, s.m., from Marist School in Georgia; and Fr. James Strasz, s.m., from Notre Dame Prep and Marist Academy in Pontiac, Michigan.  The topics included Marist historical themes, the inspiration of Fr. Jean-Claude Colin, Marist spirituality, elements and characteristics of Marist education, and lessons we can learn from Mary as we go about living a more Marian spirit at our schools.

The idea of the conference was to gather leaders and future leaders from schools owned and sponsored by the Society of Mary including teachers, administrators, staff and board members. The conference met at the Capuchin Retreat House in Washington, Michigan, where we received a warm welcome. 

In addition to the presentations and discussions,
the participants had the opportunity to
share information about each school and how
we can collaborate for the good of our students.

They were given a tour of nearby Notre Dame Prep and Marist Academy by student volunteers and Fr. Joe Hindelang, s.m.  There was also time to pray, eat and relax together and to have a tour of Detroit. There was a positive spirit and the participants found it an enriching experience. It was a wonderful opportunity to share information about the Marist spirit and philosophy of education. 

Participants from each school discussed plans on how to bring this experience back to their schools so they continue to be places where Mary, the first disciple, is alive through us, still leading people to her Son, Jesus.

Our North American (and German) Marist school websites:

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy • Pontiac, MI
Colegio Franco Inglés-Maristas Guidos Por La Estrella • Mexico City
Colegio Pedro Chanel • Guadalajara, Mexico
Marist School • Atlanta, GA
Notre Dame Academy • Duluth, GA
Ecole Notre Dame des Victoires • San Francisco, CA
Maristengymnasium Fürstenzell • Fuerstenzell, Germany
Le Séminaire des Pères Maristes • Quebec, Canada