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From the Director of Marist Mission (Issue 1 2017)

Written on the 9 February 2017

College Theme 2017
'Arise, awake, and Christ will shine on you' (Eph 5:14).

"Have you ever seen the dawn? That moment when it is no longer dark, but not yet fully light. It is a moment when our vision sharpens and our senses slowly attune to the things before us - the arising movement and the emerging sounds. It is a twilight moment full of anticipation and expectancy in what lies ahead. The dawn is opening a door to a new day!" Anthony Clarke - Director, Marist Formation Team.

This year we celebrate a most significant milestone in the Marist story. It is 200 years since St. Marcellin Champagnat assembled the first Brothers after making a pledge to establish the Society of Mary at the footsteps of the Black Madonna in the Fourviere Chapel a year earlier. Since then, the Marist family has grown to span over 80 countries.

As we reflect on the pledge that Marcellin made, it is important to consider what it means to be Marist not only now, but in the future. This year's Marist theme, AWAKEN, is a call to action to embrace the opportunities to make a difference locally and globally, and respond to the needs of others.

We celebrate our Marist Bicentenary with the same expectancy and hope of the awakening of a brand new day. A time to react on what has been and look ahead to what is to come. It is a moment of gratitude for the inspiring vision and life of Saint Marcellin and the early Marists. It is a moment of giving thanks for each on one of us, for all Marists, and for our God who has journeyed with us.

As we awaken to a new dawn, let us take up the invitation of Pope Francis to 'Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living!'

James Gill
Director of Marist Mission


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