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Marist Messenger is closing It is with great sadness that we write to inform our readers that the Marist Messenger is closing. The decision has been taken by the Society of Mary that this issue will be the last Marist Messenger. There are many reasons for the decision to close, especially the increasing cost of […]

Marist Spirituality – An Introduction – Part 10

A Spirit and a Body

Marist Spirituality: An Introduction – Part 9

Instruments of Mercy “…  Lie at the heart of the emotion, time Has its own work to do. We must not anticipate Or awaken for a moment. God cannot catch us Unless we stay in the unconscious room Of our hearts. We must be nothing, Nothing that God may make us something…” Patrick Kavanagh, Having […]

Marist Spirituality: An Introduction – Part 4

The Central Marist Motif:  Mary in the Church

Mary, first and perfect disciple

For several years I was the parish priest of La Santisima Trinidad, the principal parish of the town of Sullana, in Northern Peru. The central church could seat around 650 people. Hundreds more would attend each of the 8 or 9 Saturday vigils or Sunday Masses. The church had 10 or so different statues of […]

Anniversary of the Death of the Founder of the Society of Mary

Venerable Jean-Claude Colin 15 November In August 1874, Fr Colin’s secretary, Br Jean-Marie Chognard, reported that Fr Colin was growing weaker: “he can hardly stand on his own legs any more … However, he still drags himself to the chapel as best he can by leaning on his walking stick and my arm. Although the […]

Celebrating Fr Colin’s Birthday

7 August Text by the Editor Photos: Fr Ron Nissen SM Jean-Claude Colin, the founder of the Society of Mary, was born on 7 August 1790 in Barbery, in the Beaujolais region of central France. He was the eighth of nine children born to Jacques Colin and his wife Marie, née Gonnet. The other children […]

Celebrating Fourvière Day – 23 July

Early in the morning on 23 July 1816, twelve men crossed the Saône River in the city of Lyons, France. They were making their way from St Irenaeus diocesan seminary to the top of the hill of Fourvière. On the previous day, some of them had been ordained to the priesthood. The rest of them […]

Something Old – Something New

Part 4 of 7 A Possible Marist Integral Ecology  Part 3 The third of three Circles: ‘to act justly’ Framework 1. Circle 3: Mission in an Eco-Conscious World In our first article we reflected on ‘walking humbly with God’ [Micah 6:8] — personal holiness — the first of three inter-related, and inter-connected circles, for a possible Marist […]


The General Council of the Society of Mary, Rome Frs Albert Kabala (Cameroon), Juan Carlos Piňa (Mexico), John Harhager (USA), John Larsen (District of Asia, Superior General), Patrick Devlin (Asia, Secretary General), and Bernard McKenna (Oceania Province) An important message for subscribers who do not live in New Zealand As from this month, we can […]