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Our Marist Tradition

Our Marist Tradition

The Society of the Little Brothers of Mary (The Marist Brothers) was founded in the early 19th century by St. Marcellin Champagnat. He was motivated by the need to support young people in coming to know God and in gaining an education which would help them to become honest and productive members of the community.

Newman College is one of 52 Marist Schools in Australia, and is the largest Catholic school in Western Australia. Newman College is a congregationally owned College governed by Marist Schools Australia (MSA). It is part of a global Marist community spanning 83 countries around the world.

Marist schools globally embrace the principle ‘to bring up children properly, we must love them, and love them equally’.

Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat

The Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat is the community that sponsors and governs Marist works in Australia. It is the ‘mother’ that must nurture and shape Marist life and mission.

An overview of the Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat may be found on its website http://www.maristassociation.org.au/  The Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat represents an evolving and contemporary expression of Marist life which seeks to invite all of us:

  • Individual members and local groups
  • Principals and leaders of Ministries
  • Boards, Councils and Committees that have stewardship of our works
  • Brothers and their communities
  • Those who serve and enable our mission through the teams based at our National Marist Centres in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

This philosophy permeates the distinctive characteristics of a Marist education at Newman College:

  • Presencebuilding caring relationships based on trust, respect and valuing each person
  • Simplicity open and honest communication which accommodates individual needs
  • Family Spirit emphasis on communal well-being where mutual support and shared responsibility flourish
  • Love of Work pursuit of excellence through hard work and commitment. Recognition that the dignity of work is achievable by setting high expectations and standards, applying genuine effort and celebrating success
  • Way of Mary with Mary as a model, students are invited to share our spiritual life through prayer, liturgies and service to the local and wider communities