On July 23, 1816, the day after their ordination , a group of students from the seminary of the Archdiocese of Lyon made a promise in the pilgrimage church of Fourvière that they would found a society consecrated to Our Lady . They wanted to appear "unknown and hidden in the middle of the world - like Maria". One of them was Jean-Claude Colin. When vicar in Cerdon looked for and found supporters of this project, so that he could finally formally found the community in 1824.
Simultaneously with the official recognition by Pope Gregory XVI. in 1836 the Marist Fathers took over the missions in the western South Pacific . Saint Peter Chanel died a martyr on the island of Futuna in 1841 . In 1900 a school for the training of German missionaries was founded in Meppen . The rule of the order approved in 1873 is based on that of the Jesuits , whereby the devotion to Mary was given special space.
The various branches of the Marist family emerged from the original idea of "making the whole world Marist" by opening the community to everyone: In addition to the Marist Fathers, there are the Marist Brothers (FMS), Marist Sisters (SM), Marist Mission Sisters (SMSM) and the lay Marists . Today about 1,200 fathers and brothers live and work in thirty countries.
Branch offices in Germany
Branches in Germany are: Meppen (since 1900), Fürstenzell (Niederbayern, since 1931), Passau (since 1978), Dessau (since 1992). Earlier branches were in Niederachdorf, Cologne and Ahmsen (Emsland, 1923–2014). The focus is on the upbringing of young people, education, pastoral care and missionary work.
- Jean-Claude-Marie Colin (September 24, 1836 - May 9, 1854)
- Julien Favre (May 10, 1854 - March 25, 1885)
- Antoine Martin (August 21, 1886 - March 25, 1905)
- Jean-Claude Raffin (August 7, 1905 - July 31, 1922)
- Ernest Rieu (August 11, 1923 - September 20, 1947)
- Alcime Cyr (1947–1961)
- Joseph Buckley (August 26, 1961 - September 11, 1969)
- Roger Dumortier (December 8, 1969 - September 18, 1977)
- Bernard Ryan (September 19, 1977 - September 20, 1985)
- John Jago (1985-1993)
- Joaquín Fernández Viejo (September 14, 1993–2001)
- Jan Hulshof (September 20, 2001 - September 10, 2009)
- John Hannan (2009-2017)
- John Larsen (since 2017)
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