Our Marist Mission in Brazil
Brazil is the largest Catholic country in the world. Yet, the Church faces three major challenges: a shortage of priests, the departure of Catholics and a country of incredible poverty. The Marists number only about 18 priests, brothers and professed seminarians in Brazil. Nevertheless, they are growing stronger as they continue to contribute to the strengthening of the Church and to serve those in need.
Marists in Oceania
Two months from the day the first Marists were professed in Lyon, France, seven adventurous Marists set sail for Oceania. The date was December 24, 1836 and they represented one-fourth of the Society's members.
Fr. Frank Springer's first memory of his seminary classmate and Marist missionary Fr. Nicholas Kutulas was meeting him on board a train in September 1946. As fellow WW II veterans, San Francisco natives, and young seminarians en route to Marist Seminary in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, the two young men had much in common.
Marists Across "The Pond" in London
At the Marist-run Notre Dame de France Parish in London, a refugee center is managed by volunteers with a Marist priest offering pastoral care. Marists at this parish come from France, Ireland, and Spain. Nine lay people who live in rooms rented by the parish join the community for daily morning prayer, occasional meals and monthly reflections.
Being a compassionate
presence of Jesus and Mary –
whether that is with
Mexican immigrants in Brownsville, Texas,
in Brooklyn, New York,
Burmese refugees in Thailand,
or college students trying to
find their footing at
California Polytechnic –
is what is means
to be a Marist.
Marist Superior General
Our World Missions Need Your Support
The Marist mission is to spread the good news of God's love and mercy to the world in the spirit of Mary, through whom Jesus, our "good news," chose to take human form.
With your generous support we will be able to continue our founder's vision, spirituality, and mission.
Your gifts help to support the recruitment, formation, education and training of Marists so that we continue to be there for future parishioners, alumni and friends - and the world.