Marist Seminary

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Marist Seminary is a Catholic seminary for the training of Marist priests. It was first opened in 1889 in Hawkes Bay and was relocated to Auckland in 1992.

In 1889 the New Zealand Province of the Society of Mary was canonically established, and the following year, the first faculty of Mount St. Mary's, a Novitiate-Scholasticate for the formation of religious priests for the Society of Mary, was formed by the Marists at Meeanee in Hawkes Bay. This site was found to be vulnerable to flooding, so in 1911 the Scholasticate was shifted to Greenmeadows, near Napier. From then the seminary was often also known as Greenmeadows Seminary.

Mount St. Mary's, as the Scholasticate was called, remained on this site until the beginning of the 1992 academic year, when, after 100 years in Hawkes Bay, the College was transferred to Auckland and became a member of the Auckland Consortium for Theological Education. With the move, at the beginning of 1998, to Auckland by Holy Cross College (the national New Zealand seminary for the training of secular priests), the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference and the Society of Mary established a partnership for the theological education of candidates for the priesthood in New Zealand. The agreement to establish the partnership also involved the closure of Mount St Mary's College at the end of 2000 and the end of its association with the Auckland Consortium for Theological Education. Marist seminarians now receive their theological education with the seminarians of Holy Cross College and others at Good Shepherd College. Marist Seminary and Holy Cross Seminary continue to offer separate priestly formation programmes for their respective seminarians that reflect the particular spirit of each institution.[1]


  1. ^ Good Shepherd College website, Our History (retrieved 6 December 2011)

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