More than 10 years ago, the Marist Brothers of the Province of the United States began a concerted effort to introduce faculty, staff, and students of Marist schools to the vision and mission of St. Marcellin Champagnat, founder of the Marist Brothers of the Schools. And during the canonization of St. Marcellin, Pope John Paul II reminded us that the Marist way of being Christian was not just for the Brothers, but was meant to be shared with others.
“Marist Youth,” as it has come to be known, was inaugurated in 2001 with a national gathering of students from all Marist schools in the United States. Since that time, annual Marist Youth gatherings have grown to include Marist schools from Canada and Mexico.
Marist Youth gatherings help our young students understand what it means to be Catholic and Marist today. The charism of our Founder, St. Marcellin Champagnat, can be as much of an inspiration for young people as it is for adults.
A direct outcome of the annual Marist Youth gatherings in the creation of Marist Youth groups within each of our U.S. Marist schools. Students in these groups try to incorporate the Marist heritage and values in the many activities they promote in their schools. As a result, our students learn that being Marist is a way of life and that has given rise to our motto, “Marist Youth today; Marist always.”