Marists Unite in Praying for Vocations

St Peter Chanel sm Martyr of Oceania

Each year prior to the feast of St Peter Chanel Marists make a novena of prayer to pray for vocations to the Marist Family.

St Peter Chanel, a  Marist Father, was in the first group of Marist missionaries to Oceania.  Peter arrived in futuna in November 1937.  During his lifetime Peter saw little success in his work.  During his first six month on Futuna he baptised only one Futunian – a dying child.


Early in the morning of April 28, 1841, Fr. Peter was wakened from sleep and clubbed to death, his skull split by the axe of a Futunian warrior. He was thirty-eight years old.  He was the first martyr of Oceania and the first Marist to be canonised.

We invite you to join with us in prayer over these novena days.
Download the novena prayer here.