Marist Lay

 ‘A new way to widen the space of our tent’

The Brothers decided in 2001 to establish a new kind of community specifically designed to give young people a ‘taste’ of Marcellin’s charism. It was a new community as it meant Brothers and lay would live together. The community was soon named ‘The Grove’ after the name of the street the house was on and has remained as the name even after the community moved. The Grove is designed for young adults (19 – 35 years) who come and live in community for a year, paying a nominal fee to cover living costs. They continue their usual study or work schedules, as well as social and sporting interests.


The Grove is a Marist community of Brothers and Young Adults which is usually made up of two or three Brothers, three young women and two young men.

We see ourselves as “community” – by which we mean that we accept, respect, care for, support and are sensitive to one another.

The spirit and values of St Marcellin Champagnat are the basic reason for the existence of The Grove. Young adults enter into the community life by sharing in his spirit and values – and so The Grove becomes more than a flatting situation. It becomes a centre of Marist spirit and spirituality.

The normal sharing in the tasks of caring for the building and grounds turns the house and property into our home. Those we live with become our family, the people we care for and with whom we wish to share our life for this year. This calls for interest in and support of those who make up our community.

As a house of hospitality, a home and a family, people are welcomed. Monthly Grove Dinners are an expression of community welcome to other young adults. 

Community prayer, usually around the dinner table each evening, becomes an expression of sharing and growth in faith.

Monthly community meetings become an opportunity for education and growth in Christian and Marist spirituality.

We are open to growth:

  • personally
  • spiritually
  •  socially.  

We aim to be of service to others:

  • young adults
  • disadvantaged youth
  • the Church
  • people in need

We aim to work towards furthering the operation of Marist Young Adult Ministry (MYAM), in ways to be discerned each year.

A quarterly newsletter, 'MYAM Notes', is sent to young adults throughout New Zealand as well as to schools with a Marist tradition, parishes, diocesan young adult offices and interested adults.

A weekly email, 'MYAM-email', is sent to about 200 young adults and Brothers and other interested adults. This is a brief reflective message which appears to be appreciated by the recipients.


Brother Douglas Dawick
7 Birch St
Lower Hutt
Ph. (04) 972 6926
021 258 1484