Bicentenary of the Fourviere Pledge
Before the Black Madonna in the chapel of Fourvière on 23 July 1816 a small group of young men pledged to found a religious congregation of "Mariists".*
Their dream became a reality in the foundation of the "Marist" family of religious and lay men and women.
Top left: Marcellin Champagnat, Founder of the Marist Brothers
Top right: Jeanne-Marie Chavoin, Foundress of the Marist Sisters
Bottom left: Jean-Claude Colin, Founder of the Marist Fathers
Bottom right: Marie Françoise Perroto, Foundress of the Marist Missionary Sisters
Two hundred years later, the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, the Marist Brothers of the Schools, the Marist Sisters and the Society of Mary (Fathers and Brothers), together with the many groups of Marist Laity throughout the world, remember that significant moment of foundation, give thanks for the many blessings received, and recommit themselves to doing Mary's work in the midst of today's Church and world.
The Marist Family preparing for the celebrations has launched a website dedicated to the Fourvière Bicentenary celebrations – take a moment to visit www.maristinter.org. The website content is also available in Spanish (Español) and French (Français)
* Original name and spelling of Marists on the pledge
The following consecration will be made during the bicentenary mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Fourvière on Saturday 23 July by the four superiors general of the Marist Family and those present in the name of all Marists:
We, religious and lay Marists, together today at Fourvière,
like the first Marists, we bring the best of ourselves...
All: We bring the best of ourselves. ...
for the greater glory of God and the honour of Mary, mother of Our Lord Jesus. We have chosen to continue the Work of Mary in the family that bears her name.
All: We have chosen to continue the Work of Mary.
We recognize that we have been chosen to continue to portray the Marian face of the Church in the world of today. We want to be bearers of mercy, life and hope to all who are waiting to meet brothers and sisters on their journey of life.
All: We want to be bearers of mercy, life and hope.
We shall be particularly attentive to our brothers and sisters who are suffering and most in need. We desire, therefore, with whatever means we have, to make the Church friendly, open and faithful to the Gospel.
All: We want to make the Church friendly, open and faithful to the Gospel.
We accept in advance the hardships and trials that this commitment may demand, and the discomfort, insecurity and risks that it will entail.
All: We accept in advance the hardships and trials.
We acknowledge how small we are and so we put all our trust in God and in Mary.
All: We put all our trust in God and in Mary.
We ask God, through Mary, for the strength to be faithful to whatever God expects of us. Amen.
The Marist International Youth (Maristyouthint-channel) on YouTube will broadcast the mass live from the Basilica of Fourvière 23 July, 10.30 (UTC+1) www.youtube.com/channel/UCzPOF4QKJPyCGHLfwsTA53Q
Many Blessings to All for the Feast on Saturday!
As Marist Family
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From Today's Marists Newsletter
The Marist World Prepares To Commemorate 200 Years Of Its Founding Pledge
Early on the morning of July 23, 1816, a group of young men made their way up 800 steps leading to the ancient shrine of Fourvière, in Lyons, France.
For more than a year, they had shared intense conversations about a major project they had been encouraging each other to bring to fruition: the foundation of a Religious Congregation totally devoted to Mary, Mother of God.