Religious Life at St Pat's

St Patrick’s Marist College is part of a system of Catholic schools within the Diocese of Parramatta. Our College motto, ‘Esto Fidelis’ (Be Faithful), reflects our Marist connection to the Holy Mother, Mary. Our College is actively engaged in leading our students in the way of Mary, to know and love God and to strive to make Gospel values a reality in their lives. Staff and students are immersed in our Catholic tradition through:

  • Religious Education programs
  • Sacramental celebrations
  • Retreats
  • Meditation
  • Marist formation
  • social justice activities
  • prayer and devotions
  • World Youth Day and other diocesan events

At St Patrick’s Marist, we endeavour to help our young people engage in their own spiritual journey, to learn Christian discipleship and to find meaning and purpose to life. The College is a family-like community focused on quality learning and teaching experiences that nurture and challenge each student to become an informed, deep thinker who acts with the compassion of Jesus and the reflective heart of Mary in creating a more just world.

Marist Life

Our College supports M.A.P.S – the Marist Asia Pacific Solidarity campaign aiming at building schools, communities and faith-based relationships in our region.

There are opportunities to become involved in numerous international projects.

  • Involvement in Marist International Festivals
  • Lumina Days
  • Student Leadership Training
  • Spirituality Development
  • Vocational Guidance

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.

Social Justice

The College has a local and a global focus with the aim of living out the legacy of Christ in contemporary actions.

Through fundraising for M.A.P.S. and Project Compassion, St Patrick’s sends large amounts of money overseas to support communities, schools and initiatives in South East Asia.

Locally, the College supports the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal and the Christmas Appeal through a variety of fundraising and food donation initiatives. St Patrick’s has a strong relationship with the Rydalmere conference of the St Vincent de Paul. Our local commitment also extends to helping the Manning Foundation, which is a Dundas based local charity organisation working with families in need of assistance.

Social justice is administered by the Social Justice group.

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