The Logos Project is a youth initiative founded in 1999 by the Society of Mary, who are also known as Marists. They are a Catholic religious congregation who model their lives on the person of Mary, the mother of Jesus and seek to ‘be’ Mary and do her work.
In New Zealand, Marists focus their ministry on youth and education, have a preference for missionary parishes, and ministry outreach into wider society; beyond traditional Church structures.
In 1999, three Marist priests set up a community in central Auckland. They set out to listen carefully to the needs of young people, through a needs assessment, and by building relationships with schools and parishes across Auckland and the Far North.
The young people surveyed wanted to have a space to grow in their faith and their identity, good role models to look up to, and the opportunity to come together with others. The Logos Project was founded.
The Marist priests worked with teams of young adult volunteers to begin organising youth events and support young people in schools through campus ministry.
Logos has evolved over time. Our programme activities may look different to when we were founded, but our values and purpose are the same.
The Marists intended that Logos would be a lay-led organisation and in 2008, management was passed onto its first lay leader.
Today we have 4.5 full time equivalent staff, including one of the founding Marist priests, operate on an annual budget of $396,000 and have around 30 part time volunteers who are actively involved in our community.
The word ‘logos’ comes from the Greek, meaning ‘a word (as embodying an idea), a statement, a speech’ and is used to describe Jesus in the first chapter of John’s gospel.