Mary at Tutu, Taveuni Island, Fiji

Mary’s presence in the Early Church was dynamic. She was the first disciple of Jesus. Yet our reading of the scriptures tells us she is somewhat hidden; accomplishing lots, but she does not put herself forward.

The Marist Mission Centre is an expression of Mary in the early Church, it brings people together in the establishment of God’s kingdom in our world. Mary, the support of the Church at its birth and at the end of time, is the model for all Marists and the Marist Mission Centre as together we respond to the call to “build a new Church”.

Like Mary in the Early Church, the purpose of the Society of Mary, (Marist Fathers) is to build the Church where it does not exist, and to renew existing communities rather than put its efforts in places where the Church is already established and has sufficient resources. In this light, the Marist Mission Centre recognises the Gospel call for outreach to the poor and needy and the development of the dignity of all people.


The goals of Marist Mission Centre include

  • assisting the life and development of Marist missions
  • providing material support to the poor and marginalised of the Asia-Pacific region through selected projects, to enhance the dignity of the human person and leading to long term sustainable development
  • keep our supporters aware of issues relating to peace and justice based on Gospel principles and the teachings of the Church enshrined in the social encyclicals
  • collaborating with other branches of the Marist family in their work, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.


The Australian Marist Centre for Overseas Aid is a central part of the Marist Mission Centre.

It exists to support poverty alleviation, development projects and needy persons in developing countries.

The particular foci are, women, children and the disabled.

The efforts of the Marist Centre for Overseas Aid currently focus on a range of projects throughout Asia and the South Pacific


The Marist Fathers International Mission is responsible for the support of worldwide Marist Missions.

The Marist Mission Centre is, for example, particularly focussed on the training of priests and religious, catechetical programs and the improvement and building of church facilities.