Marist Spirituality

Marist Charism


The charism received by Marcellin Champagnat is a gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church, for the mission of the Church. In the almost two centuries since Marcellin began his work, many people have chosen to embrace this charism as their particular way of receiving and promoting the gospel of Jesus. A tradition and a culture have grown up, a distinctive educational style. Today, the charism which is at the heart of Marist schools and other educational ministries is being expressed by Brothers and Lay people, women and men. Generations of teachers, have been inspired by the Marist way and made it their own, not least in Australia where there are over fifty Marist schools. These schools, in their attempt to incarnate the Christian faith in the Australian culture, have become known for their academic, cultural and sporting achievements, for their closeness to the communities they serve, and for the strong spirit which exists within them.

One summary of the distinctive educational style of Marist schools describes the following qualities as its defining features:

A spirit defined by a sense of family

  • love of children and a closeness to them
  • ’To educate children first you must love them, and love them equally’

A love of our work

  • an enthusiasm for the work of the school
  • generosity of heart and without any attention-seeking
  • the honouring of all work and those who undertake it


  • this is a central gospel value and distinguishing Marist characteristic
  • a preference for simplicity of method, of expression and action
  • transparency and genuineness in relationships, ease of relationship


  • ’being present’ and ‘good example’: the two pillars of Marcellin's approach to education
  • pedagogy of presence: immersion in the lives of young people, looking for opportunities and
  • ways to be with them for extended time

In the way of Mary

  • Mary is the perfect model of a Marist educator
  • openness to the action and will of God, like Mary of the Annunciation
  • selflessness, humility and optimism like Mary of the Visitation
While all of the above qualities may be considered as characteristics of any good Catholic school, it is the subtly distinctive mix of them and their interplay which defines the culture of a Marist school.

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