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. There were representatives from the three Irish Secondary schools, and people who have been associated with the Brothers for many years. Mr Christoph Müller, Director of the Maristen Gymnasium in Furth was present, along with his wife. Mr Josef Maier, Director of the Maristenrealschule in Cham and Mr Stefan Schulze Beiering, Deputy Director of the Maristenrealschule in Recklinghausen were also present. Mrs Bernadette Jones, Head Teacher of St. Joseph’s College, Dumfries, was present, along with her husband, Kevin, who is the Principal Teacher of History in the school.
The day began with a word of welcome and introduction from Brother P.J. McGowan. After this, six young Marist leaders from the three secondary schools shared how they understood and implemented Marist values in their context. The six Young Marist Leaders each spoke eloquently about their experience of leadership and how their training in leadership had helped them personally and in the roles they undertook in the schools.
Brother David Hall then gave his keynote address with a presentation about education and Marist values. He ended his presentation by looking forward to the next century of Marist education. Father Martin McAnaney, Provincial of the European Province of the Marist Fathers, presided at the Eucharist, which was animated by a joint choir comprised of students from the three Marist schools. It was an inspiring and uplifting liturgy. After the celebration meal, Brother Brendan offered a word of thanks to Brothers P.J. McGowan, Nicholas Smith and Mrs Aisling Demaison, who had organized this encouraging and memorable event.
Brother Brendan Geary