New Course Commencing in 2018

Leadership from a Marian Perspective


As Marists, Mary has a special place in our hearts. We continue to learn more about her and to understand the significance of her role in the life of Jesus. Across the centuries numerous devotions to Mary have emerged. Today, there is an increasing focus on the contemplative Mary and on Mary as archetype.

Our Marist Tertiary Team is working enthusiastically on a new Unit for those who would like to study Mary at greater depth. During these four days we will seek to unearth answers to questions like ‘What has been the influence of Vatican II on our understanding of Mary’ and ‘What are the implications of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si on our Marist work?

Dates and Accreditation

Our new Course is titled ‘Leadership from a Marian Perspective’. It will be taught at our Marist Centre Melbourne across two weekends: May 5-6, 2018 and May 26-27, 2018. Accreditation for this Unit is with Australian Catholic University at the Masters level (AQF Level 9) has been obtained. 

Further information can be obtained from Br John McMahon at

The program outline, approved by ACU, can be downloaded here.

Core Readings

Module 1  Mary in the Gospels and the Christian Tradition

Lanfrey, A. (2015). History of the Institute Vol 1 From Marlhes to the world (1789 - 1907). Rome: Marist Brothers.


Module 2  Mary and Vatican II: A Paradigm Shift


Module 3  Marian Perspectives of Leading in a Contemporary Catholic School

Estaún, A. (Ed.) (2007). Water from the Rock. Rome: Institute of the Marist Brothers.

Green, M. (2017). History of the Institute Vol 3 Dawn’s uncertain light (1985 - 2016). Rome: Marist Brothers.

Turú, E. (2012). He gave us the name of Mary. Rome: Institute of the Marist Brothers.


Module 4  Contemplative Leadership


Additional Readings

Arbués, B. (Ed.) (1998). In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat  A Vision for Marist Education Today. Rome: The International Marist Education Commission.

Waters, L. (2017). Visible Wellbeing in Schools: The powerful role of instructional leadership. from Australian Council for Educational Leaders