In the summer of 2018, 75 Lay Marists gathered in Long Branch, NJ for the first-ever USA Lay Marist Assembly. The retreat-style assembly was guided by guest speakers Pep Buetas from Spain who is the Co-Director of the Secretariat of the Laity for the Marist Institute, and Patti Rios, a Lay faculty member at a school in
Lay Marist Assembly
From the Lay Retreat, a steering committee was selected to devise a plan for the the Marists of Champagnat. The committee spent 2018-2019 surveying Lay
and Brothers in order to construct a proposal to the Marist Brothers in an organizational model for
the Lay and Marist community to move the Marist Mission into the future.
2018 - 2019
Lay Marist Council
Meet the members of the Lay Marist Council!
Marists of Champagnat 1st Cohort Jan. - June 2021
In the spring of 2020 Maureen Hagan was hired as the director of the Lay Marists and a council of Lay and Brothers was formed.
This council has worked to build the foundation of this new organization to provide growth in Marist spirituality and
The first cohort of the Marists of Champagnat was made up of 42 lay women and men and 22 Marist Brothers who journeyed together over a 6-month period. They participated in prayers services, webinars and all along the way maintained communication with a mentor who was assigned to them. The process culminated with a virtual commitment ceremony on June 6th.
What does the Marists of Champagnat Formation Entail?
bimonthly for 1.5 hours from February to April
Commitment Ceremony on 6/6/22
Communication with a mentor/companion
Discernment week in May
What are Marists of Champagnat Saying About Their Experience?
“I am so blessed to be a part of this. The commitment ceremony was filled with the Holy Spirit, bringing together many Marist communities across the US to spread Marcellin's mission, To Make Jesus Known and Loved."
Through the Marists of Champagnat, I’ve felt a great sense of communion and love from our nation-wide Marist family. I am honored to be part of an effort that will lay the groundwork to ensure that the mission of St. Marcellin Champagnat lives-on forever.