The History of Marist Young Adults
At the canonization of St. Marcellin Champagnat in 1999, Pope John Paul ll reminded the Marist Brothers that the Marist charism – the Marist way of being Christian – was not just for the Marist Brothers. The Marist charism was meant to be shared with others by all those who embrace the Marist values of simplicity, presence, family spirt, and love of work all done in the way of Mary. One way in which the Marist Brothers in the United States responded to the Pope’s challenge was to host a Marist Youth gathering in 2001 for students from schools with a Marist presence. As many of the participants in the Marist Youth programs graduated from high school they began to ask for ways to learn more about what it means to be Christian in the Marist tradition. In September 2007 the Marist Brothers of the Province of the United States established a Marist Young Adult Program to meet the needs of the increasing number of college-aged students looking to remain connected to the Marist tradition.
What We Do
The Marist Young Adults make use of both virtual and physical communities. Our program provides online content including, a weekly #MMC (Marist Monday Challenge), Online Retreats during Advent and Lent, Blogs from young adults living the Marist Charism at colleges and universities around the country, and many other opportunities to connect virtually. We offer regional community gatherings, often with a service or fundraising component. These gatherings offer opportunities for spiritual growth and social connections.