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A Very Modern Model of a Marist Seminarian! (0)

October 2, 2018 • Category: This Month's Cover

Formation for the modern Marist seminarian has changed drastically in recent years, with most of their formation now taking place overseas. Ben D’sousa gives an insight into his formation experience.

When I was first told that I would be going to Rome to study theology, it was one of those moments when I regretted taking the vow of obedience!… More

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Daily Reflections

  • Tuesday 16 October
  • Galatians 5:1-6; Psalm 119T; Luke 11:37-41

    Keeping Our Options Open?

    Paul’s frustration with the Galatians really centres on the fact that they were looking to cover their bases – they had accepted the message of Christ but they were also adhering to the Jewish Law just in case that was actually the “right” path.… More

Catholic Life»

New Ears and an Open Heart (Comments Off)

“There is a world of difference between listening and hearing.” (G.K. Chesterton, 1874-1936. English writer, theologian, and philosopher.)

I have recently been on an ‘organising’ purge in my home. I recognised that there were cartons, boxes, and containers which had not been looked at in a while.… More

Christianity in Action»

LOGOS goes to Brownsville, Texas (0)

Maggie’s Reflection

Earlier this year I and three others on the young adult programme at Logos, a Society of Mary youth development project based in Auckland, set out on a Marist immersion experience that would later become very pivotal in our journey as young Marists.… More

Death of a Marist»

Fr John Jago SM (0)

Born 1 September 1932
Professed 2 February 1964
Ordained 19 August 1967
Died 17 July 2018

This is an edited version of the funeral homily given by Fr Tom Ryan SM.

John Jago was born in Grafton, NSW, the first of five children.… More

Focus Editorial»

Support from Behind (0)

When I was a seminarian, my provincial superior Maurice Bourke told me, “There are so many angry young men around because there are so many stupid old ones.” I was astounded but he was exactly right.

But what do the word old and young mean?… More

Inspiring lives»

Story of a Story (0)

St Thérèse of The Infant Jesus would almost certainly have remained unknown to the world at large had it not been for her elder sister Pauline, who, in 1895, was Prioress of the Lisieux Carmel where Thérèse lived. In passing we should also note that of Thérèse’s four sisters, three of them were also at that time living with her under the same convent roof.… More

Marist News»

Discovering the Society of Mary in New Zealand (0)

Fr Paul Walsh SM is an Assistant General for the Society of Mary. He recently visited New Zealand for the first time and wrote about his time here for the Provincial Newsletter. In writing about his trip he gives a brief snapshot of the works of the Society in New Zealand.More

Marist Spirituality»

The City of Lyons in Early Marist History (1) (0)

The City of Lyons

Early traces of settlement in the area of Lyons date from 12,000 BC. There is no evidence of continuous occupation until the Romans arrived, and the city was founded by Lucius Munatius Plancus in 43 BC.

The first French martyrs, forty-eight of them, died for the faith on the hill of Fourvière in 177 AD.… More

MM 50 Years Ago»

For the Ordinary Things (0)

for the Messenger by M.H.B.

Thank you, Lord, for the ordinary things,

for the frost for the cold and the glow they bring.

For the child who is well and the child who is not

warm and content in her own little cot.More


Praying with Movies – Denial (0)

Directed by Mick Jackson

‘The difference between facts,
opinions and lies’

There are inherent challenges, and difficulties, in making a film about an overwhelmingly significant event still very much alive in the memories of people. One such challenge is that the event itself can become trivialised with depth of content sacrificed for entertainment purposes.… More


Rosaleen Conway (0)

16 November 1934 - 19 October 2017

Rosaleen, who died last year, was a regular contributor to the Marist Messenger. The editor at that time, Michael Unverricht, paid the following tribute to Rosaleen.

During the 1980s, Rosaleen became involved in the life of the Marist Messenger.More


October Saints (0)

Blessed Luigi Maria Monti (1825-1900)

A lay religious, Luigi Monti was born in Milan, Italy, in 1825. When Luigi was 12, his father died. Luigi became a craftsman in wood to support his family. An ardent youth, he gathered together many young artisans and farmers to become part of what was known as ‘The Company of the Sacred Heart of Jesus’.… More