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Fr Colin’s Cause – A Long and Winding Road

Part 1 of 3 Compiled by the Editor This article, and those following in August and September, is based on the work of Fr Ronald Nissen SM in his Chronology of the Cause for Beatification of Jean-Claude Colin, and from his article in the MM in March 2018. Fr Ron writes, “I am especially grateful […]

The Town of Le Puy in Early Marist History

Part 1 of 2 Forty years after he heard Mary’s call to form the Society of Mary, Jean-Claude Courveille wrote to Gabriel-Claude Mayet in February 1852. He gave this account of what he “heard” from Our Lady: “Here is what I want. I have always imitated my Divine Son in everything. I followed Him to […]

Of Choice and of Discernment

Prayerful Reflection with the movie The Children Act If the movie Of Gods and Men (2010) illustrates perfectly what is meant by ‘group discernment’, then The Children Act (2018) can be said to illustrate perfectly how ‘choice’ on a personal level is not necessarily discernment. Before getting into what is missing from The Children Act […]

MM 50 Years Ago

A ceremony that had not taken place in the Far North (of New Zealand) since the 40s of last century was repeated at Whangarei on Saturday 7 February. In those times pioneer Fathers and Brothers sometimes arrived on the mission field before Profession, completing their novitiate during the long shipboard voyage from Europe. Brother Philip […]

The Annunciation and Us

In his General Audience of 23 October 2013, Pope Francis said, At the Annunciation, the Messenger of God calls Mary ‘full of grace’ and reveals his plan to her. Mary answers ‘yes’, and from that moment Mary’s faith receives new light: it is concentrated on Jesus, the Son of God, who took flesh from her […]

October

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The Bugey – in Early Society of Mary History – (Part 1 of 2)

The Bugey The Bugey region is part of the range of mountains in eastern France between Lyons and Geneva. It is situated in a loop of the Rhone River in the southeast of the Department of Ain. It was in this region that Marists conducted missions in 27 parishes, some of which had no priest […]

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. This article and those […]

August

A new Provincial for New Zealand Congratulations to Fr Timothy Duckworth SM, who has been elected as Provincial of the Society of Mary in New Zealand. He will succeed  Fr David Kennerley SM, who will have completed a six-year term as Provincial in January 2020. Fr Duckworth is currently Vicar-Provincial and Provincial Bursar. He has […]

Marist Messenger 1934 — 1947

By the Editor Since it began, the Marist Messenger has carried a wealth of information about Pacific, New Zealand and Australian Church history, about Marist history, ministry among Māori, and about Marist and Church personalities. There was also a wide range of devotional material and poetry. This article aims to convey something of the spirit […]