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Marist Brothers Celebrate Bicentenary Anniversary

Marist Brothers Celebrate  Bicentenary Anniversary
June 02
19:13 2017

Marist Brothers here and around the Pacific region are in Suva today to mark the 200th year of Marist Brothers mission across the world.

In 1817, St Marcellin Champagnat, a priest from France, founded the Marist Brothers, with the goal of educating young people, especially those most neglected.

While most of the Brothers minister in school settings, others worked with young people in parishes, religious retreats and spiritual accompaniment, at-risk youth settings, young adult ministry and overseas missions.

Hence, the arrival of the first Marist Brothers in Fiji in 1888. The Brothers’ task was to teach the children of European settlers, but this changed at the turn of the century.

Two schools were opened in Suva to cater for iTaukeis and Indo-Fijian students. Before that, they had less opportunities available for them in terms of education.

Since 1888, the brothers have taught in Suva, Cawaci, Naililili, Wairiki, Napuka and Savarekareka.

A two-day celebration, today and tomorrow, will host a range of programmes for the five school institutions that have set up here.

Marist Brothers schools are: Marist Brothers High School, Marist Brothers Primary School, St Marcellin Primary School, Champagnat Institute – a special needs vocational school and Marcellin’s Angels – a kindergarten.

These schools come under the auspices of the Fiji Marist Brothers Trust Board and have been strengthened by a strong core of dedicated Champagnat Marist men and women.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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