April 10, 2017
MESSAGES - Dear Marists of Champagnat,
On 2 January this year we celebrated as a family the 200 years since the foundation of the Marist Institute. The celebrations have continued over the months since and will, I am sure, continue until the end of 2017. The General Council itself decided to mark this occasion in three special moments:
• The 2nd of January, connecting us to the past, found us celebrating in various places in the Marist world, highlighting the international character of the Institute and the continuing relevance of its mission. Members of the Council were present at La Valla, Nairobi, Lujan (Argentina), in Sri Lanka, in Rome... I myself was in Bangladesh, opening an intercultural, inter-religious school to serve particularly the sons and daughters of tea plantation workers.
• On 6th June, in Rome, we want to celebrate who we are today in communion with the whole Church. On this day we will launch the History of the Institute in three volumes as well as a photographic display on the Institute today.