Marist Contributes to Theology
By Jack Ridout, Vocation Director
For the second year, the vocation directors of the Marist Family came to Marist School to further awareness of religious life.
Sr. Palepa Ioane SMSM, Br. Todd Patenaude FMS and I, with help from Fr. Bill Rowland SM, addressed almost 800 assembled students from Marist School and Notre Dame & Sophia Academies (both Marist sponsored schools in the Atlanta area). Following last year's talks on the beginnings of the "Marist Project" and the various Marist congregations who draw inspiration from the pledge at Fourvière, this year emphasized Marist identity as well as answering God's call to religious life as a priest, brother or sister.
Br. Todd engaged the students in a "mindfulness" exercise of eating a piece of chocolate with the intention of discerning its various flavors (e.g. sweet, salty, bitter and sour) and relating this to one's experiences both good and bad. You should try it!
In addition to the students, many other groups were addressed including the Marist School Board of Trustees, a "Come & See" group of students with dinner and discussion, the Women's Bible Study, an upper level class on the Marist Way and school alumni. This was a good experience for all concerned and has provided the opportunity for these students to consider the possibility of religious life.