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.