Aotearoa, New Zealand
Our first brothers, one of whom was Brother Michel Colobon
were sent by Marcellin Champagnat to New Zealand in 1838.
They accompanied Bishop Pompallier and the Marist Fathers
and worked alongside them to establish the Catholic faith
amongst the Maori and settlers.
A second wave of Marist Brothers arrived in 1876
and since then brothers have established a network
of primary and secondary schools throughout
New Zealand and in Samoa, Fiji and Kiribati.
Today, we are champagnat Marists, brother and lay Marist together
reaching out to needy young people in our schools and in other
settings including Alternative Education, mentoring, prison chaplaincy
and young adult ministry.
Our presence amonst young people is our way of leading them to
know and love Jesus Christ.