The spirituality at Parramatta Marist High School is based on the life, history and teachings of St Marcellin Champagnat.
The Marist Brothers is an international Religious Institute of the Catholic Church founded by a French Priest, St Marcellin Champagnat, in 1817. In the almost two centuries since St Marcellin began Marist education, many people have been attracted to his Marist way of receiving and promoting the gospel of Jesus. A spiritual family has grown up, a movement of people, and a distinctive educational style. The Brothers share their mission and spirituality directly with more than 40,000 lay people, and together educate close to 500,000 children and young people worldwide.
A Marist Education is essentially personal and is directed towards the good of each individual. It is ‘child-centred’ and is based on a deep concern for each of our students, not in isolation but in the total context of their growth to maturity. It provides, as far as possible, the best possible conditions for their growth within an environment characterised by a family atmosphere and the Spirit of Mary.
As a school community Parramatta Marist strives to ensure that all students leave our school as ‘Men of Marist’. Our vision, mission and values are based on the Marist Charism which in principle, establishes a path to Jesus through Mary.
Parramatta Marist is one of over fifty school communities in Australia that shape their identity and mission in the Marist way. These schools, in their efforts to incarnate the Christian faith in the Australian culture, have become known for their academic, cultural and sporting achievements, for their closeness to the communities they serve, and most especially, for the strong spirit which exists within them.
On entering a Marist school, a person will find a community that is alive with the gospel, a warm and hospitable place, a learning community with purpose and breadth of vision where there is a special care for those most in need.
At Parramatta Marist;
We Believe in bringing Jesus to be known and loved by all,
We Celebrate the Eucharist each Wednesday morning and special school events,
We Live and love one another as Jesus loved us, in our social justice programs and partnerships with Australian Marist Solidarity, Caritas, St Vincent de Paul, Jesuit Refugee Services and Jesuit Social Services,
We Pray the Angelus each day at midday as a community and the Rosary each Wednesday at lunch.