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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.

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Syria: Islamic State Frees 22 Assyrian Christians Militants Demand $100K per Hostage for Nearly 200 Christians Still Held

Vatican City, August 13, 2015 ( • by Staff Reporter

In​northeast Syria, the Islamic State has freed 22 Assyrian Christians, including 14 elderly. According to Asia News, the release of those who were kidnapped in the province of Hassake six months ago is said to be thanks to the mediation of Assyrian priests. Earlier this year, IS occupied the area and took hundreds of Christian hostages. However, in May, the Islamic State was expelled from 14 Christian villages of the region.



We Renew our Call For Prayers In This Dire Situation

Please join the Marists in our intercessory prayer for our Vincentian brothers and sisters who are being held and threatened on the basis of their faith, by ISIS.


Free children and families from dententionJudge orders government to free children and their parents from detention

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Marist Thoughts Seasonal Reflections

Marists are a busy people. And well they should be. There is much work to be done in the vineyards of the Lord. Before entering that vineyard, however, there is a need to enter "Nazareth."

The Nazareth referred to is not so much a physical location as it is a spiritual setting. In "The Work of Mary,” a Marist publication for Marist laity, that setting is described as "a place Marists go to in spirit to see things from the same vantage point that Mary saw them while at Nazareth." There, she pondered the works, words and wonders of God in silence and in faith and treasured them in her heart.

Before entering the vineyard of the Lord it is well for us to enter "Nazareth" as well and,like Mary, still our heart and prayerfully consider the role God is asking us to take on. At some point, however, it is necessary to go beyond "Nazareth." Following Mary's example,we need to enter into the work that awaits us in the vineyard.

Like Mary, we are to be present in the Church and the world, bringing those we encounter to Christ. We are called to be instruments of divine mercy and portray the compassionate face of God to all we meet,especially those who have been cast aside. With Mary as our model, we are to give birth to the Word and in doing so present the face of God to a world in yearning.


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Africa Famine

For more than two decades, conflict and natural disasters have taken their toll on Somalia and the other nations of east Africa in the war-ravaged region called the Horn of Africa.

Over the past year, the United Nations has been warning of famine in the region and described human suffering in the area.

In August, 2014, U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon announced: "Over three million Somalis are in need of humanitarian assistance and unfortunately that number is growing. I urge donors to step up contributions to avert another famine in Somalia."



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