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 • June 20, 2019
Feast of Mary

Pope's Message for 2019 World Day of Migrants and Refugees>

For more information and ways to take action visit
The Migrants & Refugees Section Website>

Monday, June 10 • Memorial of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
Feast of Mary
Unknown sculptor – Our Lady of the Mantle, 16th centuryPope Francis has decreed that "the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church," should be inscribed in the Roman Calendar on the Monday after Pentecost (June 10th in 2019) and be celebrated every year in churches throughout the world.

A MARIAN CHURCH By François Març, SM
I would like to plead for a Marian Church; not for a church which multiplies processions and blesses huge statues…. rather a Church which "lives the Gospel after the manner of Mary."

Read "A Marian Church" Reflection>

Read the full Decree on the celebration
of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church>

Justice for Immigrant Families and Children
Feast of Mary

images/1480 Schutzmantel-Maria from RavensburgEvery stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age (See Matthew 25:35-43).
Pope Francis, from his 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees Message

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Migrants and Refugees Message>

The Marists of the U.S. Province came to the United States to minister to immigrants on the move who speak other languages, and it has been part of our history since our arrival here in the United States in 1863.

We follow the lead of the U.S. Bishops in seeking a humane and consistent immigration policy for the United States but cannot be blind to the painful human needs and social situations of our immigrant brothers and sisters.

Read more about this issue>

Ten Things To Know About Family Separation (PDF)>

Pope Francis: Death Penalty is Inadmissible
Bicentenary of the Fourviere Pledge

Stop Dealth PenaltyPope Francis has approved a new revision of paragraph number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, according to which "a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state," thus "the death penalty is inadmissible". The text now reads:

Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good.

Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state. Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.

Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that "the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person",[1] and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide".

[1] FRANCIS, Address to Participants in the Meeting organized by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, 11 October 2017: L'Osservatore Romano, 13 October 2017.

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Pope Francis:
Families, Schools of Human Development

Pope FrancisLet us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly "schools of true human development". Pope Francis - August 2019

"What kind of world do we want to leave for the future?
Let us leave a world with families.

Let us care for our families, because they are true schools for the future, spaces of freedom, and centers of humanity.

And let us reserve a special place in our families for individual and communal prayer.

Let us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly 'schools of true human development'."

Pope Francis: #PrayForTheChurch
Pope FrancisThe Pope asks us to pray a Rosary daily that the Virgin Mary protect the Church in these times of crisis, and to pray to St. Michael the Archangel that he defend the Church from the attacks of the devil. 
Pope Francis - October 2018


Seasonal Reflections
Seasonal Reflections

Our emphasis is not to look at Mary, talk about Mary, nor do we have many Marian images and statues in our houses. …because that is not our point. ...We are Mary. That is the point. And Mary would not talk much about herself but would get on with it. This is the ultimate Christian form of Marian devotion — not to have a particular devotion to someone, but to be that particular person.  Alois Greiler, SM Marist Retreat 2016, Monday Day 1: Like Mary – Marist Identity

Marist Thoughts
Marist Thoughts

Marists often speak of a Marian Church as a church with its doors wide open. It is a Church that welcomes, that bids others to enter and to know Jesus Christ and all the joy, love and peace that he offers.

But the doors of a Marian Church
are open for another reason.
They are open to enable the Church,
the people of God, to go outward.

Our Lady
by Laura James

In going outward, the Church touches the lives of those who some may regard as "the least." They include among them the homeless and the hungry, the alcoholic and those whose bodies and hearts have been torn apart by addiction to drugs.

But often, they are people whose lives have been shattered by broken dreams, broken relationships (sometimes with the Church itself), and a feeling of abandonment. They are suffering and seeking at the same time, wondering if anyone cares and hoping that something better awaits them.

A Marian Church does not have all the answers for them. It is itself a people of God who are in struggle. But Marists believe that the model of Church they offer can make some difference in the lives of those who are in groaning.

At the very least it is willing to listen to their groaning, to speak to them of a Christ who cares, and to journey with them on their Calvary. It is a Church willing to go beyond doctrine and to feel deeply for others.

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Reflection from the Superior General

Dear Confreres
A menacing shadow is cast over our Church in these days of unrelenting publication of the horrendous effects of sexual abuse perpetrated within the Church and, too often, covered over by the Church leadership. We are all affected by this. Some of us will probably be discouraged and wonder if the Church whom we have loved is fundamentally flawed.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) News

TPS is a temporary, renewable, and statutorily authorized humanitarian migration program that permits individuals to remain and work lawfully in the U.S. during a period in which it is deemed unsafe for nationals of that country to return home. TPS currently protects thousands of people from deportation.

They are our fellow parishioners, sisters, brothers, community leaders and colleagues, some whom have been here for decades.


Why is climate change
a moral issue?

"You cannot care
for creation
if your heart
lacks compassion
for your fellow
human beings."





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Today's Marists Newsletter
     (updated July 2019)


"Peace, in effect,
is the fruit of a
great political project
grounded in the
mutual responsibility
and interdependence
of human beings.

But it is also a challenge
that demands to be
taken up ever anew."

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Celebration of the 52nd World Day of Peace 2019





Society of Mary USA 2019 Calendar
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