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Celebrating the Marist Bicentenary (Issue 3 2017)

Written on the 9 March 2017

On Sunday 26 February, members of the Marist Association (Adelaide), Marist Youth Ministry and the Sacred Heart College community gathered to celebrate Mass and a shared lunch to acknowledge the Marist Bicentenary. In the true Marist character of Family Spirit and Simplicity, young Marists, students and brothers mingled and enjoyed a BBQ on the lawn in front of the Brothers' residence at Sacred Heart College, Somerton Park. We were blessed with the presence of Brothers and lay Marists who had travelled from rural areas and from interstate for the occasion.

At the conclusion of Mass, Damo Ruiz and Julianna Kittle delivered a speech to the Boarding community about what it means to be Marists. As recent old-scholars who are passionate about their school and the Marist ethos, Damo and Julianna were both able to inspire the congregation to continue living Marcellin's dream.

Br. Paul Gilchrist led us in prayer prior to lunch, and Br. Greg McDonald addressed us, with a message to remember Marcellin's humility and devotion to Mary throughout this year of celebration and to continue being ministers to all those in our community, regardless of their faith and background.

Fittingly, the Bicentennial cake was cut by Br. Marius, and Year 10 student and REMAR participant, Chloe Phyland. It was truly symbolic of our call to 'Awaken' a new beginning for Marists in Australia and throughout the world!

James Gill
Director of Marist Mission



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