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Marist Fathers and Brothers to Celebrate 150 Years in USA

 

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Society of Mary celebrates its 150 Anniversary in the USThroughout 2013, Marists in the United States celebrated the 150th anniversary of our arrival in the United States. Please enjoy stories of our many celebrations.

From its founding, the Society of Mary has worked to help the Church reflect the spirit of Mary: gentle, loving humble, relational, inclusive, and merciful. Since coming to the United States 150 years ago, the Marists continue to renew the spirit and mission of the Church as a place of collaboration and true spiritual enrichment.

Because spirituality deals with a person's search for the experience of unity and harmony with the transcendent, the mystery that is God, the Marists in the United States have consistently sought ministries that would bring spiritual enrichment to all people who struggle with the basic needs of all daily living — especially those who have been marginalized in fast-moving or underdeveloped countries.

Over these 150 years, Marist spirituality and the richness of the Marist way of life have touched deeply countless Americans who have craved authentic living in the light of the incarnate Son of God, Jesus. Marists have come to know that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the key to this way of life. Marist founder, Fr. Jean-Claude Colin, gifted with insight by the Spirit, opened up this treasure for all those who wish to experience it though living the Marist way.

As we move through our 150th anniversary in the U.S., we will reflect on the many lives that have been brought closer to the spirit of God. Please join us here in celebrating our 150th anniversary.

Anniversary Celebration at Retreat/Assembly

150th Anniversary Celebration at 2013 Marist Annual Province Retreat The Shrine Visitors and Conference Center The Shrine Visitors and Conference Center 150th Anniversary Celebration at 2013 Marist Annual Province Retreat

62 Marists convened in Belleville, Illinois June 17-21, 2013 for the annual province retreat where they also celebrated the 150th anniversary and feted jubilarians at a festive dinner. Commemorative gifts marking the Society’s anniversary included an "anniversary cross," a booklet entitled "Brief Sketches of the Foundation Years: 150 Years of Grace" and a reprint of "The Society of Mary:  First Centenary 1836-1936". 
(Both are available at right as PDF downloads)

CELEBRATION AT MARIST FIRST U.S. PARISH

September 12, 2013 marked not only the Marist patronal feast of the Holy Name of Mary this year, but also a joyous and well attended celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the arrival of the Marists in the United States at St. Michael's Church, Convent, Louisiana, the very spot where they began their ministry in the U.S. in 1863.



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The Church was filled to the aisles with good friends of the Marists from all over the River Road on the Mississippi River in Convent and from other parts of the Baton Rouge and New Orleans area. In a beautifully planned Eucharist, the St. Peter Chanel School children's choir sang an inspiring song dedicated to St. Peter Chanel, the first martyr of the countries of Oceania in the Pacific and a Marist canonized Saint professed in the earliest days of the Society. The parish Bell Choir joined in the praise of Mary as did the parish choir. Fr. Ted Keating, SM, the provincial of the Marists, presided and preached, joined in concelebration by Fr. Vincent Dufresne, the pastor of the cluster of Churches on the river road, local diocesan clergy, and a number of other Marists who traveled down for the occasion.

The Eucharist was followed by a massive celebration in the parish hall with four food stations presenting some of the finest Cajun dishes from the area. The hall was filled, more people from the River Road having come after Eucharist because of scheduling problems.

The whole celebration was planned and organized by the lay people of the area led by Jay Bienvenu and Martha Nosacka both very connected to Marist Laity of the U.S. Province. It appeared that much of the communities of Convent, Paulina, Gramercy, and other towns had devoted time, food, and resources to the two months of planning. It had all the feeling of a rich and unexpected gift to the Marists in remembrance of more than century and half of shared history there.

The communities have kept the strong relationship to Mary alive since the Marists have had to relinquish the parishes, encouraged by excellent pastoring of the dedicated leadership of the prior pastor and now Fr. Vincent Dufresne.

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ANNIVERSARY AND BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN TAMPA PARISH

Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Tampa, Florida's Ybor City made the commemoration of the Marists' 150th Anniversary a parish-wide celebration.

Held on Sunday, September 8, 2013, the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, they combined the Marist Anniversary with a Birthday Party for Mary. At every Mass the congregation sang "Happy Birthday, Mary" and later enjoyed birthday cake in Stokes Hall, named for Marist Father Tom Stokes who had served as pastor from 1986-2012. The children had a great time and brought their parents to the party.

Read about More Marist Celebrations Around the Country

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Marist Thoughts

From its founding, the Society of Mary has worked to help the Church reflect the spirit of Mary: gentle, loving, humble, relational, inclusive, and merciful. 

Since coming to the United States 150 years ago, the Marists continue to renew the spirit and mission of the church as a place of collaboration and true spiritual enrichment. 

During these years, Marist spirituality and the richness of the Marist way of life has touched deeply countless Americans who have craved authentic living in the light of the incarnate Son of God, Jesus.  Marists have come to know that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the key to this way of life.


 

Father Jean-Claude Colin, founder of the Marist Fathers
Fr. Jean-Claude Colin,
founder of the Marist Fathers

Born at the close of the 18th century in revolution-torn France, Jean-Claude was convinced that the Blessed Virgin wanted a group of men and women to do her work in the world at a time of turmoil and challenge.

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ABOUT FR. COLIN

 

 

 

Marist Fathers and Brothers USA Anniversary Calendar 2013
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Marist Fathers & Brothers
150 Years in the United States
2013 Calendar
This calendar's contents
capture the history of Marist beginnings in the United States.

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Today's Marists Lenten 2013 Newsletter
Special 150th Anniversary Edition
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