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Lead Like a Marist

Lead Like a Marist

This July, several members of the Class of 2025 and three alumni spent a week participating in Marist Youth Leadership Camp 2023 at the Marist Brothers Center in Esopus, NY, with over 100 rising juniors, staff, and young alumni from the other Marist high schools in the United States (and one from Quebec).

Photo above, left to right: Mr. Brian Flaherty, Mr. Timothy Hart '85, Halle Boucher '18, Kevin Flaherty '25, Madeline Courtemanche '25, Megan Mwathe '25, and Evan Fernandez '25.

Raider Participants

  • Madeline Courtemanche '25
  • Evan Fernandez '25
  • Kevin Flaherty '25
  • Megan Mwathe '25
  • Mr. Timothy Hart '85, Campus Minister
  • Halle Boucher '18, Camp Nurse
  • Finn Kenney '23, Marist Young Adult Leadership Team

Bro. Brian Poulin, FMS, former CCHS faculty member, rode out with the CCHS participants and was present for the week. Mr. Brian Flaherty, CCHS teacher, was there for part of Friday.

A special thank you to CCHS alum Halle Boucher '18, who served as the nurse for the week. Halle is a nurse at Boston Children's Hospital and is active in Marist Young Adults.

Attendees came together as a Marist family and developed their practical leadership skills, including leading prayer services, facilitating small group discussions, coordinating activities, and giving witness.

Students dancing and clapping
Students gathered

Activities included:

  • Developing and presenting talks & witnesses
  • Leading prayer
  • Group skills and leading ice breakers
  • Facilitating small group discussions
  • Prayer
  • Pool: optional swim time
  • Campfire, complete with marshmallows and stories
  • Dance party
  • Ice cream social

On Saturday, we all attended Mass and witnessed the first vows of two Marist Brothers: Bro. Rob Dittus and Bro. Ryan Richter.

Students are returning to their schools with an increased capacity for leadership that will empower them to run freshman retreats and help build a Marist community and a better understanding of what it means to be Marist.

The CCHS students are excited to help run and lead our Freshman Marist Day Retreat in April.

Click here to view more photos in the Marist Brothers SmugMug album.

Students gathered for music ministry



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.

Bro. Rene, arms outsretched

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

Being Marist

Guided by the vision of Saint Marcellin Champagnat, we are dedicated to the education and spiritual development of the young. We are called to prepare young minds and hearts to succeed and make a difference in the world.

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.

Student holding sign that says, "Wake, Pray, Slay"

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

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

For more information, please visit www.CentralCatholic.net, call 978-682-0260, or email website@centralcatholic.net.

Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.