Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat
Our newly established Marist Association recently published its vision statement for the next three years. Prepared by the Association's Council, this document acknowledges our Marist tradition and encourages us to find ways to build on this tradition.
Throughout, the statement focuses on people's energy and spirituality in its many expressions, whether it be when attending a Marist gathering, or simply catching up with another Marist.
This statement also focuses on the contribution each of us can make to three key themes: 1. The mystical: 'Like Mary, we listen for God's invitation within us and among us to bring Christ-life to birth'; 2. The prophetic: 'Like Mary, we set out joyfully and in haste to the hill country of the lives of young people with transformative news of the faithfulness, mercy, peace and immanence of God' and 3. Communion "Like Mary, we build and lead communities in ways that are Christ-centred: relational, inclusive, hope-filled and invitational.'
We do this in the context of our Church which always invites us to participate not only in our specific mission but also in local life. Pope Francis, for example, urges us to contribute to the challenges of climate change. Other issues of social justice, like the plight of refugees, are also in great need of being addressed today.
Traditionally, Marists have focused on education. Marcellin Champagnat wanted his Brothers to be excellent teachers and catechists. The importance of education stays with us after two centuries, even with the evolution of our cultures and the differing ministries in which we are involved.
Our Marist Association stresses the importance of our ongoing formation which will enable us to further understand our Marist calls for today. The Association's website can be accessed here.