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100 years since the arrival of the Marist Brothers in the State of Maranhão

18/10/2008: Brazil - Photo gallery

The centenary of the arrival of the Marist Brothers in the State of Maranhão was commemorated at the Marist school in Araçagy this past August. The Eucharistic ceremony, celebrated by the Metropolitan Archbishop José Belisario and by the Archbishop Emeritus Paulo Ponte, included the presence of a large number of authorities, parliamentarians, educators, students and alumni of the institution, who filled the gymnasium to capacity. The Brothers arrived in São Luis in 1908.

Present in addition to the Marist Brothers were those persons who linked their lives and ideals to the model of St. Marcellin Champagnat: laity in the exercise of their respective functions and activities.

The following are excerpts of the words of Professor Conceição Hiluy:

What can we say before such lives dedicated to the education of the youth of Maranhão throughout the space of these hundred years? What words will we be able to use that precisely express our thanks for the history built among so many generations? How to convey feelings from the past that are embodied in the emotions of the present and that, breaking the barriers of time, can make the gratitude of all of those students resound?

If we are celebrating the centenary of the arrival of the Marist Brothers to the State of Maranhão, we can dare to say that we are celebrating a new “Marist Maranhãon race.” It is through the presence of this “Marist Maranhãon race” in different sectors of society, in different states and countries, that we can better express gratitude and admiration toward the builders of this history. Our thanks is expressed in the search for a more human world that we must build and in the desire to live, in the different places where we find ourselves, the family spirit, the simplicity and the presence that we learned in the Marist schools of “São Francisco de Paula”, “Maranhense”, “Casa da Acolhida”, “Pio X” or “Araçagy.” In this way we can celebrate and give thanks, entertain and honor, remember and relive, dream and wish for other centenaries. “Under the protection of the banner of Mary” …we can sing together: “I am Marist, Marist from the heart.

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