General Chapter preparation
On Friday, September 8th the 22nd General Chapter of the Marist Brothers will be opened in Rionegro, Colombia. We are pleased to refer you to the special General Chapter page which has been created on the web site of the Institute, www.champagnat.org, in its four official languages (English, French, Portuguese, Spanish).
Launch of Mission Council: A New Beginning in West-Central Europe
The official launch of the newly formed Mission Council in West Central Europe, took place June 2nd and 3rd in Annecy, France. The Mission Council was set up as a result of recommendations from the Provincial Chapter in April 2016, to develop new structures to facilitate Marist mission in the Province.
Alfred Urban: a new affiliated member of the Institute
On the 19th May, 2017 Mr Alfred Urban, a retired teacher from the Maristen Realschule in Cham, was affiliated to the Province by Brother Provincial Brendan Geary.
Feast of Saint Marcellin Champagnat
Message from the Superior General
This year’s message from Superior General Brother Emili Turú for the feast of Saint Marcellin Champagnat on the 6th June relates to the Institute’s Bicentenary celebration and the 22nd General Chapter.
“I invite you to celebrate the 6th of June, in union with Marists throughout the world, in the same spirit with which we celebrated the 2nd of January earlier this year: giving thanks to the Lord for the gift of the charism of Champagnat to the Church and to the world; asking forgiveness for our lack of faithfulness to God’s Spirit; renewing our commitment to Marist life and mission.”
Bicentenary: Marist Day at Maynooth, Ireland
The Marists in Ireland celebrated the Bicentenary of the Foundation of the Institute on Saturday, 11th March with a special celebration that was held at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Brother Brendan Geary, Provincial, was present, along with Brothers David Hall and Tony Leon from Australia. Brothers David and Tony visited the three Irish Marist Secondary schools before and after the Bicentenary celebration to work with the school staffs and the Young Marist Leaders. Read more »
“Lavalla200>” project: a new way to share life
The members of the new European “Lavalla200>” community have released a video with which they intend to share the path taken during their first months of formation and insertion in Syracuse, Sicily. “The video aims at showing who is part of this project and the different challenges that arise,” says Mario Araya, member of the community. “It is a new way of living the mission and a new way of lay people and Brothers sharing their lives.”
“Global Citizenship” project 10th anniversary mass
Ten years ago, in January, 2007, two members of staff from Lawside Academy in Dundee travelled to India to establish contact with the Marist Brothers in Mangamanuthu and Trichy. The aim was to find ways of offering assistance to the Brothers in their work with the Dalits in the village of Mangamanuthu and the Rainbow Project, set up to care for mothers and children suffering from HIV.
The privilege of being a Marist pupil
The Marist School in Cham sees itself committed to the international heritage of the Institute’s founder, St. Marcellin Champagnat and over many decades has supported various Marist projects in poor countries. Due to these widespread contacts, a number of Brothers and others from the Marist Institute have come from all over the world to the Marist School at Cham to speak with the pupils at first hand about the culture, particular features and issues of their own countries. Read more »
Bicentenary: Marist celebrations at Genval and Habay
A beautiful gathering took place at Genval on the afternoon of 2nd January. Celebrating a bicentenary is not a common event, particularly a family anniversary. And so a significant gathering was called for. For that is what being Marist is: people coming together to celebrate and share.
Bicentenary: The Table speaks…
On 7th January, 2017, a group of around 60 – 70 people met in Nijmegen to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Foundation of the Marist Brothers. Three Marist Brothers and two Marist Fathers were present, along with lay people, most of whom were young adults who had participated in projects in Nijmegen. The warmth of the welcome contrasted with the sudden arrival of winter in the Netherlands.