In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat

Marist Educational Mission


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The first edition of In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat (1998) provided us with a written description of the core of our Marist approach to education. This popular text reflected on our foundational vision, principles, and values and articulated distinctive aspects of our educational style. During the past 25 years, this document has brought energy and passion to Marist educators from different parts of the world, highlighting our common vocation.

This new edition of ÔÇśFootstepsÔÇÖ responds to changes in our world, in the Church and in the Marist Institute which are relevant to contemporary Marist education. It invites us to be, to feel and to act as a great global family committed to meeting the needs of children and young people. It reflects the exciting richness of our international reality, recognising that effectively adapting and applying the principles outlined in Footsteps will demand dedicated reflection tailored to specific circumstances and contexts.

In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat is a living document, inspiring us to be always open to new realities and to interpret and apply it in each of our ministries. It urges us to respond with flexibility to the challenges facing us in light of its principles.

Aligned with the InstituteÔÇÖs journey in recent times and mindful of the documentÔÇÖs intended recipients and contexts, we use the term ÔÇśMaristÔÇÖ to encompass the collective experience and collaborative efforts of brothers and lay women and men dedicated to the mission of educating children and young peopleIII. Importantly, this text is the outcome of a review and update process undertaken by an International Commission comprising Marists who live the charism through their unique vocations.

In the footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat,

Marists in mission, in the Church and in the world,

present among children and young people, especially those least favoured,

we are sowers of the Good News

with a distinctive Marist style

in our educational ministries”.

Edition 1998