The Hermitage is inspired by a way of living the Gospel, entrusted to us by Marcellin Champagnat – Presence, Simplicity, Family Spirit, Love of Work and following in The Way of Mary. Accordingly, it is a spiritual haven where those who come are listened to and engage with others in a spirit of openness and trust. The way of life at The Hermitage is unpretentious, simple and rustic. Visitors and pilgrims contribute to the practical everyday life of the community and identify with the Marist mission to make Jesus known and loved. It is a place of vitality and action, a working property which invites people to contribute to and participate in its life, and like Mary, give witness to God’s action among us.
The Hermitage is a dream space for the Spirit providing access to the Marist story. It is both a place of rest and solace and a working community where peace is discovered and beauty enjoyed. It is imbued with Marist history and heritage, a place to be reverenced and cared for. With audacity and hope we go forth from The Hermitage to make Jesus known and loved.
At the core of The Hermitage is a community of Brothers who welcome all who are connected to the Marist mission – Brothers, young people, staff and students, families, parish groups, other religious groups, community groups and pilgrims.