The Society of Mary has three Mission Districts
The Marists in Senegal were first authorised to accept candidates for the Society of Mary in 1984 and established the mission district of Africa in 1989.
The mission district of Brazil traces its origins back to 1980 when the Society of Mary decided to offer itself to particular local Churches in the hope that with local vocations, the Society would be established where it had not previously existed. Poverty and hardship have been the perpetual backdrop to this mission and there is no lack of ministerial opportunity for priests, brothers and an increasing number of lay people who are assuming leadership of the local Church and their communities.
Like Brazil, the mission district of the Philippines traces its origins and purposes back to the same meeting in 1980. The work of the Marists in the Philippines is quite clearly defined among the abandoned and neglected people.
Marist Mission Ranong
The Marist Mission in Ranong is an outreach of the Philippines Mission District.
Because of its position, Thailand attracts many people from Myanmar. They are drawn to work there mostly in fishing related industries. The Marist Mission in Ranong is assisting these migrant workers through education, health-care, a community centre. And while these Marists assist primarily Catholics of Myanmar origin, assistance is also offered to the neediest people regardless of their creed, age or ethnic origin.