Bringing the charism of Marcellin Champagnat to the service of today’s Catholic schools.


The tradition of Catholic education that is known as "Marist" was begun by a French priest, Marcellin Champagnat, in 1817. Today Marist schools, colleges, and universities are found in over eighty countries around the world, leading hundreds of thousands of young people to be what Marcellin believed each of them could be - good Christians and good citizens.

Dismayed by the ignorance he found among the rural children of southern France and spurred on by a strong faith, Father Champagnat initially established a network of village schools. From the beginning, the school reflected many of the qualities of Marcellin himself: they were places where hard work and excellence in academic achievement were valued, places where the individual was genuinely loved and respected, places where a strong family spirit was evident, places where young people developed a positive sense of self, recognized their gifts and talents for the benefit of the common good. A special concern was afforded to those who found school difficult.

Above all, the schools were places that the Gospel at their heart, encouraging students to respond to it with the same faith and generosity Mary did.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat


The mission of Marist schools is to lead young people to know and love Jesus and Mary, in the belief that they all can become good Christians and good citizens. Inspired by Marcellin Champagnat, Marist educators, before all else, love their students. Their Marial approach is marked by simplicity, family spirit, love of their work and presence in the midst of those whom they are called to serve.

Marist schools welcome all young people, whatever their circumstances, offering each one an education which draws faith, culture, and life into harmony.