Faith Formation

Marist College Canberra aims to facilitate the spiritual development of individuals and groups within our community. This is based firmly on Gospel values, the Mission of the Church, our common Marist heritage and the College's core values.

Faith Formation seeks to encourage students, staff, parents and Old Boys to grow in their relationship with God and to live out the call of the Gospel to serve our neighbour.

As Marists, we have been called to be ‘experts in evangelisation’ and continue to develop an organisational culture where the Gospel of Jesus is alive and valued. 

As a loving community, we do this in a way that intentionally reflects the model of the family.

We continue to live out St Marcellin Champagnat’s challenge to serve the most needy, especially young people.

Opportunities for spiritual formation are provided through involvement in a variety of College and community activities and projects from Years 4 to 12.

“God's project needs lively young people who will give themselves completely to the struggle for the transformation of our world."
St Marcellin Champagnat

Youth Ministry

Peer to peer ministry is key to effective faith formation and is fostered and mentored at the College through a variety of activities and events run by our Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 Youth Ministry teams.

Students are invited to be trained, equipped and mentored in Youth Ministry through several different classes offered in Years 9, 10 and 11.

Senior students are also able to join the Year 11 and 12 Marist Youth Ministry teams, which are voluntary and meet weekly. These students facilitate the Brothers Together program, and also assist with a range of other activities including:

  • Ash Wednesday liturgies
  • Way of the Cross
  • Altar Serving, and
  • College Assembly prayer, testimony and drama.

Further Opportunities

Marist offers a variety of opportunities outside the College for our students and Old Boys, ranging from a one-off experience, to regular ongoing activities. These include:

  • Young Marist gatherings
  • Marist Forums in Year 11 and 12
  • Archdiocesan Youth Rallies, Camps and Leaders Forums, and
  • Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Association (CSYMA) workshops.


As a member of Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Association (CSYMA), the College uses its teaching resources, formation opportunities for staff and students, conferences and workshops to enhance the school’s Faith Formation. 

More information

More information on Youth Ministry can be found in the Co-Curricular at Marist - Faith Formation booklet.