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.

World Day of Migrants and Refugees • Jan. 15, 2017
Bicentenary of the Fourviere Pledge

World Day: Migrant and Refugee “Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless”
Message of His Holiness Pope Francis

"...on the occasion of the annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees, I feel compelled to draw attention to the reality of child migrants, especially the ones who are alone. In doing so I ask everyone to take care of the young, who in a threefold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners, and they have no means to protect themselves. I ask everyone to help those who, for various reasons, are forced to live far from their homeland and are separated from their families."

Jan. 11- Feb. 8, 2017 • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Bicentenary of the Fourviere Pledge
January 11 through February 8 is designated as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the United States. According to a U.S. State Department estimate, human trafficking is a $32 billion dollar per year business worldwide. One in three victims is a child, and two-thirds of child victims are female.

Wednesday, February 8 is designated by the global Catholic Church as the annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. This day commemorates St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy before joining the order of Canossian nuns.

Here is a helpful toolkit from the U.S. Catholic Bishops that includes intercessions, a St. Bakhita prayer card and sample letters to the editor to educate your community about human trafficking.

National Human Trafficking HotlineCall: 888-373-8888 or Text: HELP to BeFree (233733)

Download PDF Calendar of Daily Prayer to End Human Trafficking>

Read Presidential Proclamation>

Read the five most important things you should know
and what you can do about about Human Trafficking>

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity • Jan. 18-25, 2017
Bicentenary of the Fourviere Pledge

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity “Reconciliation – The Love
of Christ Compels Us”

2017 theme for the
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

God of all, we pray as one, that we may be one, just as the Lord Jesus prayed we may be one in Him. Your son Jesus compels us to be reconciled to one another. May our spirits be joined to your Holy Spirit, that we may witness to the visible unity of your Church, May we all recognize that we are truly one with you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and grow together in peace. We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Prayer and image used with permission from
Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute

Pope Francis: Christians serving humanity
Pope Francis
For all who contribute through prayer and fraternal charity to restoring full ecclesial communion in service of the challenges facing humanity.
Pope Francis - January 2017

Seasonal Reflections
Seasonal Reflections

The Society of Mary and its mission are not integral without the inclusion of the laity – working side by side with us, to our mutual advantage and growth, sharing a common source of life and inspiration: Mary to whom we belong. Conference of English-Speaking Promoters of the T.O.M. Statement. 1979.

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Sowing the Joy of Fourvière in Brownsville, Texas
Pope Francis
Dare to dream in 'Cameron’ at San Felipe de Jesús in Brownsville, Texas

Sowing the Joy of Fourviere in Brownsville, Texas

From this promise two hundred years ago many Marist congregations were born. There are now many Marist Laity all over the world and many Marist projects including the humble Marist parish of San Felipe de Jesús in Cameron Park, Brownsville, Texas on the southern border of the United States with Mexico.

On the 6th of July we began celebrating — 210 people: 120 children and 90 youth celebrated the promise and the dream of Fourvière with "Sembrando Alegria" "Sowing Joy," the joy of Fourvière. This program began with a three-day orientation for the youth in which they prepared to run the two-week program with children.

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Laudato Si’ Study & Action Guide for Individuals & Small Groups

Laudato Si' Study
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Individuals & Small Groups
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Caritas State of the Environment 2015-16

Caritas State of the Environment Report for Oceania 2015-16
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New Zealand,
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Marist Thoughts

We are told that the early Christian communities
were one in mind and heart,

and held all things in common.

The communities were places
of prayer filled with the
Spirit of Christ, where people
gathered in peace and in
reconciliation, justice and joy.
They were places where one
might find understanding,
acceptance, and mercy.

The very attributes
ascribed to the early
Christian communities
are the very values
all Marists are called
to live today.

Wherever they may minister,
be it in schools or parishes,
colleges or hospitals, missions
or shrines, you will find them of
one mind and one heart,
living the Gospel of
Jesus Christ.

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