Br Mark May, one of the four founding brothers of Marist College Canberra and the second Headmaster, was pivotal in the establishment of Marist College Canberra in 1968. Br Mark devoted his life to serving the families and educating boys of the Marist community. He lived the mission of the Marist Brothers, dedicating his life as the Founder recommended, “to the young, especially the most neglected.” The Fund, which bears his name, honours his work and that of the Marist order. It is our community’s response to Servo Fidem, “We keep the faith”.
The Br Mark May Bursary Fund was established in 2010 to provide financial assistance to students who would otherwise be unable to benefit from a Marist education.
Frank O’Shea’s book ‘Keeping Faith - 40 years of Marist College Canberra’ records the central role that Mark played in the early years of the College. In his retirement, Br Mark returned to Canberra where he was a much loved presence. Closely involved in the annual enrolment process, he was concerned about the increasing cost of providing a Marist education for boys in Canberra. In keeping with the thinking of St Marcellin Champagnat, he insisted that a Marist education ought to be open to boys of all socio-economic backgrounds and would often be heard to insist, “Marist is not an elite school”.
What more fitting legacy of Br Mark than a fund with the objective of providing half bursaries to financially disadvantaged boys.
We seek the support of Old Boys and other friends of the College so that we can continue to help boys, who otherwise could not afford it, to receive a Marist education.