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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.
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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
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
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and his assistant Br Mark Okolo Omede (email@example.com).
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.