Marist Brothers gather for jubilee
Memories of cassocks, clerical collars and kindness will be shared at a celebration of a Catholic institution founded 200 years ago.
The Order of Marist Brothers has a rich history in Timaru and the association will be marked as the order marks its bicentenary in early September.
South Canterbury-based Order member Jim Anderson was this week hoping to attract members and associates to celebrate and to reconnect with old friends.
Over the weekend of September 9 to 10, six other members of the Order will visit South Canterbury, a place they always viewed as supportive and generous towards them, Anderson said.
The celebrations would include a visit the Marist Brother’s graves in Temuka, a visit to Claremont Castle and a Sunday mass at the Sacred Heart Basilica, he said.
Anderson and fellow Order member Brian Cosgrove reflected on their memories from their time at the Marist Brothers School, which became known as Sacred Heart School after a merger in the 1980s.
The school was established in Timaru in 1890, with an aim to educate young people most often from a poorer background.
Anderson attended the school in the early 1940s, and Cosgrove in the early 1950s.
They said they remembered their school teachers as being a bit different to what was seen or accepted today.
The Catholic brothers and members of the Order wore traditional cassocks and clerical collars.
‘‘The brothers had an uncanny ability to be able to hit you with a piece of chalk from across the classroom,’’ Anderson said.
‘‘But they were very kind mostly and taught us so much about life.’’
Cosgrove said seeing the brothers of the Catholic faith in their full garb for the first time was a strange experience but taught them that not all people dressed the same.
‘‘They didn’t look like most people.’’
The Order was started by Saint Marcellin Champagnat, in France in 1817.
Marist Brothers Order members, Brian Cosgrove, Jim Anderson and Helen Simmons discuss the mural at Sacred Heart Primary School which depicts Marcellin, the founder of the Marist brothers order