2022-10-15 FIJI

Marist presence in Fiji

There are six Marist Brothers presently residing in Fiji, living in two communities, in Vatuwaqa and Lomeri. Two of those Brothers are over 70 years of age and are still engaged in part time teaching roles. Two Brothers are at the Post Novitiate Stage and are currently committed to studies at the University of the South Pacific as well as the Pacific Regional Seminary. One Brother remains as caretaker of the former Pacific Novitiate, currently being used as a retreat and meeting venue.

Marist Life and Mission

There are three partnership groups who meet regularly in Lomeri and Suva. One of the Suva groups is a youth group.

Marist Brothers have had a presence in schools since 1888. They have taught in schools in Suva, Cawaci, Napuka, Wairiki, Naililili and Savarekarereka. The Brothers pioneered multiracial education when they opened their secondary school to all races in 1937.

There are currently five educational institutions owned by the Brothers in Suva: Marist Brothers High School, Marist Champagnat Institute (inc. Tertiary College), Marist Brothers Primary School, St Marcellin Primary School and Marcellin’s Angel’s Kindergarten. One Brother is a Director of a Tertiary Level Child Care Institution which offers a Diploma level course. It was originally begun by the Brothers at Marist Champagnat Institute and remains there, but is now affiliated to Corpus Christi Teachers’ College. Marist Champagnat Institute is an inclusive Special needs school catering for students at Post Primary School level.

Formation sessions for staff are run as part of the schools’ internal professional development program.

From STAR MESSENGER | Edition 05 | 06-10-2022


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