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Who We Are

Founding

Society of Mary Timeline​

 
1816

Twelve young ordained men, including Fr. Jean-Claude Colin, pledged their lives to the service of others in the spirit of Mary at the shrine of Our Lady of Fourviere in Lyons, France

1830

Fr. Colin elected “superior” of the group of first Marists

1836

Canonical approval given to the formation of the Society of Mary, Marist Fathers by Pope Gregory XVI which effectively sent the Marists into their first missions in the Western Pacific
•      Fr. Colin elected as the First Superior General of the Society of Mary
•      The first 25 Marist Fathers make their profession

1854

Fr. Colin resigned as Superior General. This time of prayer allowed him to work on the Constitutions

1863

Marist Fathers arrive in the United States

1873

Society of Mary Constitutions approved by Holy See

A Worldwide Community

The Marists Fathers and Brothers are part of a worldwide community represented in Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, Oceania, Peru, the Philippines, and the United States. Under the direction of Fr. Colin, SM the Marists expanded their mission and ministry by serving those least capable of helping themselves. This became a Marist trait that helped characterize the Society as it grew into a global missionary force centered in Marian spirituality.