MT402 Leadership from a Marian Perspective (LMP)


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

Dulles, A. (2002). Mary Since Vatican II: Decline and Recovery. Marian Studies, 53(5). Retrieved from

Johnson, E. (1989). Mary and the Female Face of God. Theological Studies(50), 500-526. 

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

Paul VI, P. (1964). Dogmatic Constitution on the Church  Lumen Gentium. Rome: Vatican.

Paul VI, P. (1974). Marialis Cultus. Vatican: The Holy See.

Upchurch, C. (2016). Mary  Favored by God. Little Rock: Liturgical.


Module 2  Mary and Vatican II: A Paradigm Shift

Carr, A. (1985). Mary in the Mystery of the Church. In C. Jegan (Ed.), Mary According to Women. Kansas City: Leaven.

Dulles, A. (2002). Mary Since Vatican II: Decline and Recovery. Marian Studies, 53(5), 8-22. 

Johnson, E. (2000). Mary of Nazareth: Friend of God and Prophet. America(June 17), 1-12. 

Johnson, E. (2003). Truly Our Sister. New York: Continuum (pp.246-275).


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

Schuttloffel, M. (2013). Contemplative Leadership Practice: The Influences of Character  on Catholic  School Leadership. 17(1), 81-103. 

Turú, E. (2017, 25 March). La Valla: the Lighthouse. Letter of the Superior General. Rome.


Additional Readings

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

Johnson, E. (2003). Truly Our Sister. New York: Continuum.

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