Jesus Known & Loved
The core of Marcellin Champagnat’s vision of mission was “to make Jesus Christ known and loved”. He saw education as the way to lead young people to the experience of personal faith and of their vocation as “good Christians and virtuous citizens.”
Marists belong to one of the spiritually rich families in the Church. Our personal faith, manner of sharing in the mission of the Gospel, and means of forming Christian community are all shaped by the spirituality of Champagnat and the early Brothers, and have been developed by successive generations of Marists. A key formative influence for Marcellin and ourselves is the personal experience of being loved intensely by Jesus and called by Mary.
Using Mary as the model, Marists imitate her faith response to God and share in her work of bringing Christ-life to birth and nurturing its growth in young people. Marist spirituality impels today’s Marists out into the world of young people’s lives, filled with hope and joy, bringing them news of the justice, mercy, and faithfulness of God. Like Mary, the first disciple of Jesus and our First Superior and Good Mother, Marists center their lives on Jesus, and their hearts on the needs of the youth.
"Also dear Brothers, I beg you with all the love of my heart, and by the love you bear me, keep ever alive among you the charity of Christ.
Love one another as Jesus Christ has loved you. Be of one heart and one mind. Have the world say of the Little brothers of Mary, what they said of the first Christians: ‘See how they love one another’! That is the desire of my heart and my burning wish…"