What is Marian Mothers
Mary’s role as mother of Jesus, mother of God and mother of the church is central to salvation and as Marists we support and nurture the faith and spirituality of mothers; when a mother is supported, a family is supported. Creating a Christian family where mutual love and care find daily expression, may be one of the most difficult of all human tasks and critical for the new evangelization.
Marian Mothers is a network of women who meet for mutual encouragement and support, affirmation in faith and motherhood, friendship, prayer and reflection on issues of faith and life for women and families. They began in 1981 with Fr John Allardyce sm assisting a group of mothers who were looking for support and encouragement in their role as Christian mothers.
Since then the groups have spread the length and breadth of New Zealand supported by Marist Laity and have now become a focus group for mothers of all ages, including spiritual mothers.
In 1995 Pope John Paul II said in his letter to women;
“Thank you, women who are mothers! You have sheltered human beings within yourselves in a unique experience of joy and travail. This experience makes you become God’s own smile upon the newborn child, the one who guides your child’s first steps, who helps it to grow, and who is the anchor as the child makes its way along the journey of life… May Mary, Queen of Love, watch over women and their mission in service of humanity, of peace, of the spread of God’s Kingdom!