In 2013, we moved through our 150th anniversary in the U.S. and reflected on the many lives that have been brought closer to the spirit of God.
Enjoy this view of our many celebrations!
From the Society of Mary's inception, the vision was for an order that would include everyone: priests, sisters, brothers, lay men and women. Today, the Marist family includes the Marist Brothers of the Schools, Marist Sisters, Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, the Society of Mary (Fathers and Brothers), and lay Marists – Marist Laity, Marist Associates, and the Third Order of Mary.
From our founding, we have worked to transform the church to reflect this spirit of Mary – gentle, loving, humble, relational, inclusive, and merciful. 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 in the USA Province are part of a worldwide community, with the Marists represented in Africa, Austrailia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, Oceania, Peru, the Phillipines as well as the United States. Our Marist charism captured by our founder, Jean Claude Colin, in the phrase 'hidden and as it were unknown in the midst of the world' creates a palpable flavor and context for leadership in the Society.
It emerges from our core spirituality of forgetfulness of self so that the grace of God can emerge in all that we do and are for the sake of God's purposes and desires in the activities and ministry of our daily lives.
In all, we seek to be Mary for God's people.
Rev. Paul F. Frechette, SM
Mary is held up for us as Marists as a clear stream of the truth of the Gospel and the very model of discipleship because of the clarity of her lifelong commitment to God.
If you see conflicts in this mystery of leadership and commitment to the Gospel, you are not alone.
And none of us will ever likely get it clear by thinking about it.
But we are called to live it out in surrender to the grace of God who Alone needs to understand it.
The Marists seek new ways
to carry out their
ministries of reconciliation, education of youth,
and outreach to the poor,
the immigrant, and others
on the margin of society.
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