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

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