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Marist Colleges of Europe to Senegal and Thailand


Recently two students of the Marist College Saint Joseph d’Ollioules, France, along with a teacher, visited the Sainte Marie de Hann Educational Establishment in Dakar, where the African Marists and SMSM are involved. The school has 4500 pupils of 68 nationalities, and 250 teachers. Among the pupils 30% are Catholics and 70% Muslim. The school takes an open educational approach that perfectly integrates the mixing of origins, cultures and religions. Saint Joseph College sponsors the Dakar school which is completely dependent on private fund raising as they don’t receive any financing from the government. The two students were both very impressed by what they called  “a shattering experience of life’s lessons”. More on the European Marist Education blog:


A similar experience took place for 12 students from St Mary’s College Dundalk, Ireland who visited the Marist Mission Ranong working among the migrant Burmese community in Thailand. The team was led by Fr Jimmy McElroy sm. They stayed for 10 days in Ranong where they visited some of the HIV AIDS victims and the poor families of the MMR students, and shared their cultures and talents through their active participation in the English camps. Marist seminarian Nino Memorial reported: “Their lively presence showed their love and support of Ranong’s Marist Projects