Our Marist Blog provides an opportunity for those of us interested in Marist Life and Mission, to share our knowledge and understanding.

Our worldwide Marist community commenced in 1817 in France when French priest, Marcellin Champagnat established his small community of Brothers in the wake of the French Revolution.

Today, as men and women, we strive to continue to live St Marcellin's vision of educating young people for the good of our global community.

John McMahon


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Marcellin Champagnat's Timeline

1789  Born at Le Rosey, France

1805  Enters the seminary

1816  Is ordained a diocesan priest

         Marists form the Society of Mary at Fourvière

1817  Founds the Marist Brothers

1824  With the early Brothers builds the Hermitage near St Chamond

1830  Becomes a Marist priest

1836  Sends Brothers to Oceania

1840  Dies

1999  Marcellin Champagnat is canonised a saint


Historically Key Marist Events in Australia

2017  Celebrations for the 200 years since our Marist foundation

2014  Establishment of the Association of St Marcellin Champagnat

2012  The Province of Australia is reconstituted

2010 Formation of Marist Schools Australia

1948  The Province of Australia becomes two

1872  Marist Brothers arrive in Australia


22nd General Chapter, 2017

The Marist Brothers held their 22nd General Chapter in Columbia in 2017.  It adopted a 'U Process' as a way of establishing goals for the Institute for the next eight years.  Br Maurice Berquet represents the process diagrammatically below.

 Source: Présence Mariste  No 295, April 2018 p.15

Source: Présence Mariste  No 295, April 2018 p.15

This process lead the delegates to discern the following calls:

to be a global family, to be beacons or lighthouses of hope, to be bridge-builders, to be the face and the hands of mercy ... to walk with those children and young people on the margins and to respond audaciously to the emerging needs in the world.

Further information about these calls can be found here


Blog News 2018


Marist Provincial, Br Peter Carroll has been elected to the Council of Catholic Religious Australia.

New Zealander, Br Kevin Wanden, prepares occasional prayers for the Church's season.


Marist Hermitage, France

Information about how to get to the Hermitage can be found here.


Marist Yearly Calendar

2 January      Foundation Day

6 June           Champagnat Day

15 August      Patronal Feast Day



New International Leader

Our 22nd Marist General Chapter took place in 2017.  Below is a photo of our new international leader Bro Ernesto Sanchez holding the Chapter document.

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Marist Tertiary Programs

If you would like to access our Marist Tertiary website please click here.


International Mission Secretariat

Two Brothers lead this Secretariat which is based in Rome. They are the Director Br Carlos Alberto Rojas (carojas@fms.it) and his assistant Br Mark Okolo Omede (momede@fms.it).


Marist Association

One of the most exciting developments in Marist life is the introduction of our Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat.  Here is a video introducing the Association.


New Books We Like

Dawn of the Word in Silence  The Adventures of the Marist Brothers in China (2017) by Spes Stanley Ku.



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