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Marist Brothers

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The Marist Brothers are an international religious community of more than 4,000 Catholic Brothers dedicated to making Jesus known and loved through the education of young people, especially those most neglected.

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The Marist Brothers are an international religious community dedicated to making Jesus known and loved through the education and care of young people, especially those who are marginalized. Founded in 1817 by Saint Marcellin Champagnat, the order embodies a mission rooted in humility, simplicity, and modesty, drawing inspiration from Mary, the mother of Jesus. Today, the Marist Brothers continue Champagnat's legacy by providing education and support to youth across the globe.

Ministry Work and Mission
The primary mission of the Marist Brothers is to "make Jesus Christ known and loved," a vision articulated by their founder, Champagnat, who was driven by his deep devotion to Mary and his desire to address the educational and spiritual needs of neglected youth. The Brothers achieve this through a variety of ministries, including schools, camps, youth ministry initiatives, retreat centers, social outreach projects, and parishes. Their work emphasizes creating personal connections with young people, fostering their spiritual growth, and providing educational opportunities that might otherwise be inaccessible.

Vocation and Life as a Marist Brother
Becoming a Marist Brother involves a comprehensive process of discernment and formation designed to ensure a genuine calling to this way of life. Prospective Brothers begin with inquiry and discernment, engaging with the Marist community through personal communication, youth programs, and service projects to develop their relationship with God and understand the Marist lifestyle. The next stage, postulancy, lasts one year and focuses on deepening prayer life and community living skills while participating in part-time ministry. This is followed by the novitiate, a two-year period where novices study the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and the life of their founder, St. Marcellin Champagnat. The novitiate includes both local and international experiences to deepen discernment. After the novitiate, Brothers take temporary vows for one-year periods, lasting between four to six years, allowing them to live in Marist communities and engage in full-time ministry while continuously discerning their lifelong commitment.

Spirituality and Community
Marist spirituality is characterized by a deep devotion to Mary and a commitment to living out her virtues of humility, simplicity, and modesty. The Brothers aim to emulate Mary's faith and her dedication to nurturing the Christ-life in others. This spirituality is lived out in community, where Brothers support one another through a "family spirit" marked by love, forgiveness, mutual support, and joy.

Impact and Outreach
The Marist Brothers have a significant impact on the communities they serve. They operate numerous schools and educational programs, focusing on providing quality education and fostering Christian values among young people. Additionally, their outreach efforts extend to social services, helping marginalized groups and advocating for justice and human dignity.

For those considering a vocation with the Marist Brothers, the order offers various programs and opportunities to explore this calling. These include one-on-one communications, Zoom gatherings, "Come & See" experiences, visits to Marist ministries, and participation in service trips. The goal is to provide a comprehensive and supportive environment for discernment and formation.

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