Marist Celebrations 2017
The Marist Brothers celebrated their bicentenary this year, commemorating the foundation of the Marist Order in France in 1817. The year was one of celebration for the Marist Brothers with communities sharing experiences both at home and across the wider Marist world. In March, Marists came from far and wide to join in celebration in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Celebrations continue in l’Hermitage in France in August.
Moyle Park College also celebrated 60 years this year. The Brother’s house in Moyle Park opened its doors on the 24th September 1957 with 13 pupils to form the first Marist school in Dublin. The Brothers have supported the community of Clondalkin for many decades and Br. Colman, Br. Kieran, Br. PJ and Br. Nick continue this work on a daily basis. The College has become an integral part of the community, with student numbers growing from 13 in 1957 to over 700 today. From such humble beginnings 60 years ago in the rural village of Clondalkin to the fine establishment it is today.
That year also saw the retirement of the last teaching Marist Brother, Br. Nicholas Smith. Br. Nick as he is fondly known in the community of Clondalkin, has worked tirelessly in the College as Chaplain, teacher, fundraising for charities both at home and abroad. He has mentored a generation of prefects here in the College in the Marist way, introducing them to the values of St. Marcellin Champagnat, founding father of the Marist Brothers. He has been involved in the Summer School here for over thirty years and we hope that both Br. Nick and the rest of the Marist Community continue to be an integral part of the evolving tapestry of Moyle Park College. That year was also touched with sadness and saw the passing of Br. John Hyland, and Br. Vivian Cassells, former teacher and former Principal of Moyle Park College respectively.