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.

From Our Founder From Our Founder
‘Consider well if the pain you feel in your moments of dryness does not come less perhaps from the pain you may be giving to God but rather from vanity. You have seen those little dogs who are always rubbing against their master. If the master is speaking to someone else, the little animal does not, for all that, stop frisking about him, licking his hand. But if it sees that the master is paying no attention to it, well, it still does not go off, but settles at his feet. You should do the same.’ (FS 28)


Seasonal Reflection
Seasonal Reflections
Mary at the Foot of the Cross

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Pieta at Marist College
Marist founder Jean-Claude Colin talked and wrote a great deal about the inspiration for the Society in Mary’s commitment to be with the Church in these times as she had been with the newborn Church.

He spoke much of our seeking to be like Mary in the midst of the Apostles at Pentecost, so many assumed that Colin was likely speaking about those sunny moments of the new Church empowered by the Spirit and ready to go off and bring Christ to the world with enthusiasm and joy.


Marist Thoughts Seasonal Reflections

On April 28 Marists throughout the world will celebrate the life of Saint Peter Chanel, Oceania's first martyr.  Chanel was among the first group of Marist missionaries to leave France in 1836 and set sail for distant and little known South Pacific islands, places often considered to be at the end of the world.

Marist Craig Larkin reminds us that, from the very start, Marist founder Jean Claude Colin had in mind a community of men who would go anywhere to reach the lost and abandoned, the sinners and the non-believers.  "Going anywhere" came to include islands thousands of miles from one's homeland.

We wonder about the Marists willing to give so much, including their lives, to the missionary endeavor and what inspired them to do so.  Were they merely adventurers filled with a yearning to discover the unknown?  Or, more likely, were they filled with the zeal of the Holy Spirit as were the Apostles at Pentecost?

Colin answered that question when he described the type of Marists who would be most useful to the Society's mission.  They would be a people of faith, courage, and a generous heart.  They would be willing to give all to become instruments of God's mercy.

Peter Chanel, whose life we celebrate, was such a person.  Let us pray that we will be celebrated for being such a person as well.

Please join us in the St. Peter Chanel Novena ~ see link at right under Spiritual Center.


Link to Marist Youth International, the Society of Mary website specially created for young people whome the Marist Fathers and Brothers share their life and mission.



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