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Being Marist - Reaching Across the World

Being Marist - Reaching Across the World

As a Marist school, we are participating in the Marist Brothers' Province-wide Solidarity effort to build a multipurpose hall at a new Marist school in Madagascar. Students are invited to participate in a Dress Down Day on Friday, April 5 in support of this effort.

Central Catholic participates in monthly charitable missions collections as we strive to fulfill our mission and follow the example of Jesus with a loving response to "the least favored and those in need."

All donations go directly to those in need, and we typically collect for various local, national, and international organizations with whom we have a Marist connection.

Our March and Lent Charitable Missions effort is focused on the Marist Brothers' Province-wide Solidarity effort to build a multipurpose hall at a new Marist school in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar.

Marist schools across the United States are assisting with this effort.

This new Marist school will serve some of the poorest and most marginalized young people.

As a Marist family we can come together to support one another around the world.

Solidarity with open hands and Marist logo

How You Can Help

Dress Down on Friday April 5

To help our school’s fundraising efforts for this project, we are holding a Dress Down Day:

  • Friday April 5

The "cost" of this Dress Down Day is a $2 offering. You are certainly welcome to donate more!

All of the funds collected will support our Marist effort in Madagascar.

Thank you for considering!


  • Via Venmo: @cchs_missions
  • By Credit Card via the Charitable Missions Page
  • By Check:
    • Please write a check payable to Central Catholic High School, include "Missions Collection" in the memo line, and mail to:
      • Campus Ministry, Central Catholic High School, 300 Hampshire St., Lawrence, MA 01841

Thank you for everything you do to support our Marist mission and demonstrate that we are part of a global family.

We can make a difference.

Moses and the Red, or Pink, Sea at a Pep Rally

We are Marist & Catholic.

We believe in something bigger than ourselves.

Here, students of all faiths and religious identities share a commitment to serve those most in need.

Students experience an inclusive journey of personal growth while making a positive impact on the world.

We believe in our own potential and in the goodness of others.

Guided by the vision of Saint Marcellin Champagnat, we are inspired to make the world a better place by serving and leading.

Bro. Rene, arms outsretched

Above photo: Bro. Rene Roy, FMS, '59, Campus Minister and President Emeritus

Being Marist

As Marists, we believe strongly in the importance and power of family; it’s at the very heart of the Central Catholic experience.

So much of what our alumni remember most—the abiding respect for everyone in our community, our commitment to the least favored, the dedication of our faculty, and the unbreakable bonds of friendship, can be traced directly back to the Marist tradition of family spirit.

Altar servers at Mass

The Five Pillars of our Marist Identity

The Five Pillars of Marist Identity were introduced by the Marist Province in 2015 as ideals to which all Marists, students and adults alike, should commit to.

The Pillars are:

Presence… caring for each other, seeking relationships founded on love, being attentive and welcoming with a sense of openness

Simplicity… being straightforward and genuine, humble and modest, ‘doing good quietly’

Family Spirit… relating to each other as members of a loving family, building community, offering the warmth of welcoming, acceptance and belonging, sharing our successes and failures, setting clear standards of honesty, mutual respect, and tolerance

Love of Work… being generous of heart, constant, and persevering in our daily work, confident, visionary, decisive in meeting the needs of our community and encouraging each other to discover the dignity of our work with young people and with each other

In the Way of Mary… seeing Mary as a perfect model of being Marist, tender, strong, constant in faith, open to God’s calling us to our own journey of discipleship

logo for Marists of Champagnat

About the Marist Brothers of the Schools

The Marist Brothers of the Schools is a Roman Catholic congregation of vowed teaching brothers founded by Saint Marcellin Champagnat in France in 1817.

Today, the Marist Brothers are an international religious community of more than 4,000 Catholic Brothers dedicated to making Jesus known and loved through the education of young people, especially those most neglected.

Marist Brothers are located in 81 countries in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania. There are over 600,000 young people in Marist schools around the world each year.

The Marist Brothers are joined worldwide by more than 70,000 lay men and women who share in their mission.

In the United States there are more than 130 Marist Brothers living in 32 communities across eight states.

Marist Brothers strive to make a difference in the world by showing young people that they are loved, safe and cared for.

Central Catholic was founded in 1935 by Brother Florentius and the Marist Brothers.

Our identity as Marists and as Catholics informs every aspect of school life.