Sources and Streams – Marist Symposium

Marist Symposium 2023
4-9 December 2023
Marist Brothers General House, Rome

What is it?

The event is a five-day academic conference that will cover topics in Marist history, spirituality, education, formation, leadership, and generally on Marist mission and life. It is to be held over five days in Rome and be known as the “Marist Symposium”.

The Symposium is being organised by the Institute’s International Marist Spiritual Patrimony Commission, with the support of Brother Superior General and his Council, with the purpose of nurturing the historical, spiritual and charismatic richness of our Institute.

Two symposia have been scheduled initially, the first in 2023 and another in 2025, with the intention of giving the event continuity in the future as an ongoing feature of our international calendar. The first one will be held at the General House, in Rome, from 4 to 9 December.

Why is it being held?

In 2023, the thematic title is “Sources and Streams” and it has these objectives:

  • to bring together Marist scholars, researchers, writers, formators, animators, and directors of Marist mission and life so that they can get to know one another, and work together to in the care, preservation, and enhancement of Marist spiritual patrimony
  • to foster new scholarship and writing on Marist themes, and provide a forum for this to be disseminated and discussed among Marists from a range of backgrounds and expertise
  • to nurture new and potential Marist researchers and writers, and to build inter-generational links
  • to connect with the different branches of the Society of Mary to enrich Marist spiritual and missionary patrimony

build links and networks at an “inter” level (International, intercultural, intergenerational and intercongregational)

Who should come?

The symposium is intended for a broad group of Marists, including:

  • People currently involved in research and scholarship in Marist history, spirituality and mission
  • People responsible for animation and formation in Marist life and mission
  • Coordinators and directors of centres of Marist history and spirituality.
  • New and young researchers and scholars.
  • Formators and others in leadership.
  • Members of other branches of the Marist family

The expectation is that each Province would have at least three participants, but more would be very welcome.