Mark Needham and Marist College principal Darren McGregor.

 

It’s been 125 years since the Marist Brothers started teaching in Bendigo and on Sunday and Monday celebrations will be held to mark the significant milestone.

Celebrations for the 125 year anniversary include an anniversary Mass to be held at St Kilian’s Church on Sunday at 10am.

The Catholic Education Office will also host a dinner on Sunday evening to mark the anniversary.

Marist College Bendigo will officially open stage two of its Montagne Centre on Monday at noon.

The blessing of the new facility will be conducted by Bishop Leslie Tomlinson and the building will be opened by Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards and Br Peter Carroll of the Marist Brothers Province of Australia.

Following the official blessing and opening ceremony on Monday, guests will be invited to the sacred space at about 1pm for the unveiling of a sculpture of St Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers.

The cedar sculpture has been created by Chewton-based artist Richard Yates. The sculpture will be seated on a cedar bench by local artist, Linton Torr.

The memorial has been financed by members of the Marist Brothers Old Collegians Association.

Brother Mark Needham, a Bendigo-based Marist Brother said it’s an exciting time for Marists in Bendigo with Marist Brothers celebrating 125 years of education and presence here.

“There has been a shift from having a large religious presence to fewer numbers, so it will continue with lay Marists,” he said.

“Time stops for no one, let’s celebrate the history and also the transitions.”

Marist Brothers have been responsible for the education of countless Australians since arriving in Sydney, 1872.