Vocation

The Marist vocation is a call from God to belong to Mary's family... 

 

 Lady of Lura COLLAGE

 

Marist Fathers (Priests and Brothers of the Society of Mary)

Contact: Fr Justin Ratsi sm  |  email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  |  phone:  679 7215990

 

How do I become a Marist?   It takes some time for you to get to know us and for us to get to know you. 
     
What are we looking for in a candidate?   A sensible mature man, there is a cutoff at 35, who has successfully completed high school and qualified for university.  You need to be in good physical health and free from chemical and alcohol dependency.  You need to be a person who prays regularly and attends mass with some participation in church life.  As well you need to be in regular contact with a Marist in your own country.
    After that initial period of discernment a formal application is made.  The application includes an English test and a psychological assessment.  As well you need to supply a copy of your baptism and confirmation certificates, education records and some personal references. 
    Applications need to be submitted by the 1st May each year.
    That application is then considered by the Provincial and his Council. 
   

If your application is successful you will enter our house of formation at Marist College Suva Fiji in August.

     
What happens in formation?  

Formation for Marist priesthood and religious life is undertaken according to the requirements of the Catholic Church and covers a number of different elements:

 
   

Academic Formation

Community Formation

Spiritual Formation

Pastoral Formation

Human Formation

Cultural Formation



How long does 
it take?
  Formation for Marist priests normally takes at least eight years. 
    Each year there are activities and experiences designed to help the seminarian to continue his discernment. 
    There are six years of academic study at the Pacific Regional Seminary in Suva.
    One year for the novitiate which takes place in the Philippines.(This is a time to learn more about prayer and spirituality and Marist life.)
    Marist Mission Experience: Pastoral experience for one or two years in a Marist community.
    Normally, a young man interested in Marist life would be in contact with one of the Marists in the country from which he came. 
     

 

Contacts  

Provincial Administration
28 Nararo Street, PO Box 1198, Suva, Fiji . ( 679) 3387377; 3387196
Fr Justin Ratsi, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
   

Bougainville Sector

Sector Delegate, PO Box 223. Buka, Bougainville, PNG (675) 973 9227
P Boniface Kevon. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 

Fiji Sector
50 Varani St, PO Box 2031, SUVA, Fiji. (phone) 679 3311 934 / 9398 795, Contact: Fr Milio Vakasirovoka sm. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 
 

New Caledonia Sector
Supérieur Régional, 12 Rue Baumier, P. B. 8214, 98807 Nouméa, New Caledonia.(687) 253 528
P. François Grossin. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Papua New Guinea Sector

St Vincent de Paul, PO Box 1101, Boroko, N.C.D. Papua New Guinea

Fr Vaioleti Tui'one. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   (675) 7277 6617

 
 

Samoa Sector
Sector Delegate, PO Box 751, Apia, Samoa. (685) 7278 196
P. Mikaele Tuimavave. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 

Solomon Sector
Sector Delegate, PO Box 1929, Honiara, (677) 8690 652
Fr Valu Siua sm. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
   

Tonga Sector
Sector Delegate, PO Box 1, Nuku’alofa, Tonga. (676) 37 010
Fr Christopher Hifo sm. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (676) 7705 222

 
    Vanuatu Sector
Sector Delegate, B. P. 474, Port Vila, Vanuatu. (678) 24 440
P. Benedict Manacen. Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
   

Wallis and Futuna Sector
Sector Delegate, P. B. 248 , 98600 Mata-Utu, Wallis. (681) 72 29 32 ; 72 05 46
Fr Suni Halapio sm. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (681) 83 3311

 
       
Process and entry   1. Complete the required entry application forms.  
  2. Supply certificates of health, education achievements, and suitable references  
  3. Complete the required psychological tests.  
  4. Complete English tests where needed.  
       
       
    This information is then reviewed by the provincial and council and a decision is made to either propose this person for seminary studies, for brothers’ training (when requested) or not to accept the person.   
       
    All applications are to be with the provincial by September 1st, prior to the year of entry. Notification of acceptance is usually provided by November.