2020-10-22 UNITED STATES

Marist schools in United States: 134 years of presence

The Marist Brothers came to the United States 134 years ago. The Marist Brother in USA try to incorporate the Marist heritage and values in the many activities they promote in their schools. As a result, the students learn that being Marist is a way of life and that has given rise to the annual Marist Youth motto, “Marist Youth today; Marist always.” 

During the last Provincial Council Meeting of September 22, a general report of the six Marist Schools of the country was presented. Here we share some information.

Archbishop Molloy High School – NY

Although its beginning dates to 1892 in New York city, the Marist Brothers opened the school in 1957 under the name Archbishop Molloy High School in honor of Archbishop Thomas E. Molloy. The School has been recognized as an Exemplary School by the Federal Department of Education (1994) and as an Outstanding American High School by U.S. News & World Report (1999). In 2009, Molloy received the Parents Choice Award based on academic performance, parental involvement, school spirit, and the school’s commitment to its mission. In 2011, Molloy was awarded “Special Citation for an Outstanding Parochial Education” by The Blackboard Awards. This year the School has opened with 1,527 students.

Marist High School – Chicago, IL

The school was open in September in 1963, at the request of Cardinal Albert Meyer who asked the Marist Brothers to go to Chicago and oversee the planning and construction of a high school on the southwest side of the city. The Marist High School promotes quality education and opportunities for students to grow Marist spiritually and live out the mission of the school by serving others has always been the guiding principle at Marist. Through a service program serving 18 local organizations in service projects in the community to national and international mission trips, Marist continues to serve “the least favored.” This year the School has opened with 1604 students.

Christopher Columbus High School – Miami, FL

Opened in 1958/59, Christopher Columbus celebrated its 60th anniversary in March 2019. Its mission embraces three traditions: the search for academic excellence, the patrimony of Catholic education and the missionary spirit of the Marist Brothers and Saint Marcellin Champagnat. The school won prestige for its educational and religious level. In 2008, for the fourth time in a row, it was selected as one of the 50 better Catholic high schools in the United States. Today, Columbus has an enrollment of approximately 1,759 students.

St. Joseph Academy – Brownsville, TX

Founded in 1865 by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Saint Joseph Academy was opened in 1906 by Marist Brothers from Mexico who arrived to assumed operation of the school. The St. Joseph Academy has a community service requirement for each student during the school year. Every year, about 100 students and more than a dozen faculty members travel to several rural communities to do community services and conduct religious classes.

SJA opened earlier in August using distance learning to begin the school year. Opening Enrollment for 20-21 School year is 353 students.

Central Catholic High School – Lawrence, MA

Founded in 1935 by Brother Florentius, Central Catholic High School celebrates 85 years of operation in 2020.  It is a college preparatory school with an academic campus and an athletic campus.

This year, School has opened with 1215 students. Registering students from closed Presentation of Mary Academy in Methuen is primary reason for large increase in student enrollment.

Mount Saint Michael Academy – Bronx, New York

Founded in 1926 and conducted by the Marist Brothers, the Mount Saint Michael Academy opened as a “boarding and day school in the country.” Today the Mount has 724 students.


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