Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Marist School marks Society of Mary founding

Published April 28, 2016

ATLANTA—Marist School recently celebrated Fourviere Week April 11-15 in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Mary, the religious congregation that owns and operates the school.

The international celebration of the 200th anniversary will occur in France on July 23 with representatives from all Marist branches in attendance. At Marist School the Society of Mary granted a day off on Monday, April 11. Each morning for the remainder of the week, the opening prayers for the school day focused on Fourviere themes, read by students, faculty and Marist Fathers. The school bells that ring in between classes were changed to play the opening notes of the Salve Regina. The week ended with a re-enactment of the signing of the Pledge of Fourviere, whereby students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to sign a large poster of the pledge to reaffirm their commitment to the Marist vision, which gave birth to Marist School. Additionally, everyone was treated that Friday to Rita’s Italian Ice during lunch periods.

“The Pledge of Fourviere is, in a way, the reason Marist School exists today, and Marist School has played a significant role in the expansion of the Society since that promise was made 200 years ago,” said Marist Father John Harhager, school president.