Monasteries of Great Britain and Ireland – Little Brothers of Mary


Educational. Founded 1817.

The Congregation of the Little Brothers of Mary was founded in 1817 by the Abbé Champagnat at Lavalla, near Saint Chamond, in the Loire Department. It is an educational Order, and had until recently more than 550 houses in France. It also has establishments in Belgium, the Cape of Good Hope, Australia, New Zealand, and America.

The Brothers direct public and free schools.

The Congregation was approved by the Holy See in 1863. The Brothers are sometimes called the Marist Brothers, but are a distinct Congrega- tion from that founded by the Abbé Chaminade in 1816.

The Congregation has no revenue except its modest pay for instructing children in the country and the alms of the faithful. The work was born in poverty, and has never received any help from the Government. It only subsists on economy and the self-sacrifice of its members.

MLA Citation

  • Francesca M Steele. “Little Brothers of Mary”. Monasteries of Great Britain and Ireland, 1903. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 December 2018. Web. 9 May 2021. <>