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ABOUT US

The Young Marists

Young Marists is an organisation that provides development opportunities for young people within the Marist Network of Schools.

We are also a professional community for university students and young professionals serving the community.

 
 
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What we believe in

Our Mission

 

 

 

 

What does it mean to be

Marist?

 

Young Marists is a youth development organisation that seeks to help young people to understand the big picture of their lives, the practicalities of leadership and the imperatives of social justice.  Young Marists is about young people partnering with other young people to grow in a Marist identity and to influence their communities in positive, transformative ways. We are driven by a passion for what is possible when young people truly understand their potential and choose to pursue ‘the best possible version’ of themselves. 

Below is an overview of the works that Young Marists are involved in and the exciting future the Young Marists are working towards. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

“Marist” is the adjective that comes from the name “Mary.”  It describes Mary, so it means, quite simply “like Mary.”

The “Mary” that we speak of in “being Marist,” is Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  Therefore, “being Marist” means being like Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

How does this translate into our daily lives?  Professed Marists, that is those members of the Society of Mary, believe that “being Marist” is a way of living the Gospel.  Mary was essentially the first disciple of her own Son, Jesus.  Everything we read about her in the Gospels points to the fact that she lived totally and completely for her Son.  She is referred to so often as “the mother of Jesus,” and it becomes quite clear that her whole identity is taken from her Son.  She exists for her Son.

As Christians, we commit ourselves to living the Gospel of Christ.  As Marists, we commit ourselves to living the Gospel of Christ IN THE WAY OF MARY, HIS MOTHER.

What is the “way of Mary?”  In the Gospel we see Mary as a woman who cooperated with God, a woman of strength and determination, a woman of humility and honesty, a woman of compassion and hospitality, a woman whose primary concern lay outside of herself.  Her whole life was self-effacing, pointing instead to her Son.  We could say she was like a lens through which her Son was magnified.

For us then, being Marist is very similar.  It is not something passive.  “Being like Mary” is a conscious, proactive, deliberate, committed decision to try and live in a particular way.  We are like signposts pointing to Christ.  The whole point of a signpost is that it does not draw attention to itself --- it rather points the way in a clear and bold fashion.  The essence of being Marist then, is that it is not what people think of us, but what they think of Jesus Christ because of us.

 
In school programmes

In school programmes

Marist Youth Leader & Young Marist Neighbours

Marist Youth Leader & Young Marist Neighbours

MARIST EVENTS

MARIST EVENTS

Professional Development

Professional Development

NEXT DOOR

NEXT DOOR

INEVERYWAY BLOG

INEVERYWAY BLOG

 
 
I want you to become the best possible version of the person God created you to be.
— FR CORMAC HOBEN SM, 1945
 
 
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Our Organisation

 

Young Marists is a vibrant organisation that strives to meet the needs of the communities we serve.  Our team of young adults, mainly volunteers, and all graduates of Marist schools from across Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, share a common vision that we have all had a part in creating.  We work with the secondary school students and staff of our Network, as well as our partner communities in various parts of Aotearoa New Zealand.  We try to go about our work humbly, in the way of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, after whom we are called “Marist,” with a strong sense of community spirit, and a mantra of empowering people to become the best possible version of the person God created them to be.