What We Do

Our Mission

 
Marist apostles carry out their mission by building communities that are sacred spaces where people can find God and meaning for their lives. Willingly we welcome youth seeking meaningful relationships with people whom they can trust. In this way, together we become sowers of hope, and show them they are dearly loved by God.
— Water from the Rock # 141
 

As our Marist spirituality is apostolic, it is expressed fully in mission. Our mission is born of the experience of being loved by God and of our desire to actively participate in the mission of Jesus. God is passionate about the world and its people, and Jesus expresses this love by a ministry of teaching and healing: "I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10).

Like Jesus we recognise the urgings of the Spirit within, calling us to witness to this Good News. Out of these inner promptings, the mission of the Church is born: to proclaim the Kingdom of God as a new way of living for humanity, a new way to relate with God. We join in this mission of the Church as we look upon the world with compassion.

All Marists share the same mission: to make Jesus known and loved. We passionately centre our lives in Jesus, allowing ourselves to be captivated by him and his gospel. Close to him, we want to form our hearts. Learning from him the ways of the Kingdom, we communicate his message and his way of being and acting through our presence, our words and our deeds.

In fulfilling the mission entrusted to us by the Church, in the tradition of St Marcellin Champagnat, the Australian Province of the Marist Brothers, in partnership with the Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat, has as its four core ministries: Education, Youth Ministry, Youth Care and Welfare, and Solidarity and International Development


Ministry in Partnership with Lay Marists

 
As Brothers and Lay Marists, we try to develop a quality of communion that allows families, religious communities and other forms of community living to become homes where the young are helped to mature, where we take care of those aging, and are especially kind to the weak; places where we forgive one another and heal wounds, where we joyfully celebrate the life we share together.
— Water From the Rock #110
 

Today, Lay Marists have discovered that the spirituality that stems from Marcellin Champagnat and the early community of Brothers, resonates strongly with them as a way of bringing the gospel to life. Women and men who find that their faith journey, and way of knowing and relating to God, continues to be shaped, defined and energized by Marist values and characteristics. Men and women who, like Mary, are open to God's spirit in their life and respond by finding ways to bring the Good News to young people.

This partnership between Brothers and Lay Marists is being expressed in new forms of association, ministry and community and is one where all Marists realise that our respective vocations are mutually enhanced by our sharing of life, spirituality and mission. We see this as God’s initiative and rejoice that so many people desire to live Marcellin’s spirit.