In 1965, Archbishop John Hallinan requested that the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers and Brothers), who had been serving at Sacred Heart Parish since 1897, relinquish that parish and assume pastoral care of Our Lady of the Assumption.
Marists are men and women who strive to live the Gospel the way Mary lived it. We are scattered to the four corners of the world but united in one heart and one mind under the patronage of Mary, the mother of Jesus. We gather into religious congregations and lay movements: The Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, the Marist Sisters, the Marist Brothers, the Priests and Brothers of the Society of Mary, and many lay groups of Marist inspiration.
From its founding, the Society of Mary has worked to help the Church reflect the spirit of Mary: gentle, loving humble, relational, inclusive, and merciful. Since coming to the United States 150 years ago, the Marists continue to renew the spirit and mission of the Church as a place of collaboration and true spiritual enrichment.