Colin Year concludes

During the days leading up to Nov 15, anniversary of the death in 1875 of Marist Founder, Jean-Claude Colin, at La Neylière, France, celebrations have been held across the Marist world to mark the end of the Colin Year. (see photos below) and video

Superior-General, Fr John Hannan, offered these words to conclude the year:

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Dear fellow Marists

A year ago I proposed that we focus our attention on our founder Jean-Claude Colin using his writings and spiritual insights as an integral part of our prayer and reflection. From my experience of meeting with Marists across the world and from what they have said this has been a fruitful year.

When the general council suggested a year of prayer devoted to our founder our hope was that each of us could familiarise himself/herself more with Fr Colin as a spiritual teacher, deepening our grasp of his beliefs and diffusing them among the people of God.

Fr Colin led an exemplary life of faith and gave the Church an abounding treasure through his spiritual writings and unique mission encapsulated in the purposes of the Society of Mary where the focus is on Mary leading humanity to her Son wherever Marists are on mission.

Integral to our mission as Marists has to be a living out of the spirituality of the one who gave so much to the church of his time and through us can give so much to the world of today. Drawing closer to our founder, his person, his message and his virtues, will help us to be more creatively present in the contemporary world which is so different from his world and yet in many aspects is also much the same.

As Jean-Claude Colin understood his time and responded to it, so we too, drawing from his wisdom and example, can respond to the needs of our times and engage wholeheartedly with the ongoing mission of the Society of Mary.

We have now come to the end of this year and it is an opportune time for us to take concrete steps to ensure that our devotion to Fr Colin will continue.

A special thanks to those of you who did much to ensure the fulfilment of the invitation to focus more directly on our founder and his message. May you continue this mission with renewed energy and hope.

John Hannan SM




Above:  General House, Rome: end-of-Colin Year Mass, Secretary-General, Fr Tony Corcoran, and Superior-General, Fr John Hannan, with the Colin icon and light that has been alight throughout the Colin Year.
Below: High school students join the international theologate community of Casa di Maria, Via Livorno, Rome. 






Colin Year celebrations in Brazil, Bahia (above) and Belo Horizonte (below).


Below: Marist Sisters' students, Cararu, Brazil.







Above & below: San José College in El Callao, Peru






 Above: Philippines Mission District: renewal of vows, end-of-retreat and Colin Year Mass with newly-ordained Fr Arnold Garferio presiding, group gathered with retreat presenter, Fr Gerard Hall (far right).  




Above: Australian province: Tollet painting displayed, Colinian prayers during celebration dinner, 'Spirituality & Lifestyle' members sing Fr Ben McKenna's 'Colin's Song'.


Posted: Nov 16, 2013