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A Short History of the Marist Brothers(0)

September 30, 2019

Part 2 of 4

In 1896, our Founder, Fr Marcellin Champagnat, was declared Venerable, Fr Chanel having been beatified in 1889. By this time, teaching brothers had been present in the Pacific for some twenty-five years and in New Zealand for twenty.… More

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A Short History of the Marist Brothers – Part 1 of 4

The year 2017 marked 200 years since the foundation of the Marist Brothers at La Valla. 1816 marked 200 years since the foundation of the Society of Mary, the umbrella of our Marist Family of congregations, at Fourvière. And in 2013 we celebrated 175 years of Marist presence in the Pacific.… More

St Patrick’s Church, Sydney (6) Anniversary Year 2018 – Charles O’Neill

From: www.vinnies.org.au with additional notes by Michael Whelan SM

Charles Gordon O'Neill was born in Glasgow in 1828. He was an engineer who led the St Vincent de Paul Society in the Western Districts of Scotland between 1859 and 1863. He moved to New Zealand in 1863 and became then one of the foremost civil engineers in the colony.… More

St Patrick’s Church, Sydney (4)

Marist Brothers

On July 23, 1816, twelve seminarians, aged between 20 and 34, eight having been ordained the previous day, climbed the steep steps to the top of the hill of Fourvière, Lyons, and there, in the small chapel dedicated to Our Lady, they promised to work at beginning a new religious order in the Church: a group called ‘Mary-ists’, whose work in the church would resemble that of the Jesuits, but whose approach or style would be unlike anything that existed in the Church at that time.… More


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