Following a request from Bishop Paul Mea to the Provincial Br Gregory Ryan, Br Bernard Blewman was sent in 1983 to investigate the possibility of the Brothers working in Kiribati. Because of its isolation and poverty Kiribati was seen to be "Champagnat country". The first Brothers arrived in 1984 and the post-primary school became St Louis High School.
In 1986, the Brothers opened a formation house at Bikenibeu and the first local Brothers formed a community on the island of Marakei in 1994 which closed in 1997.
Since then a growing number of Champagnat Marists are working in St Louis and in the diocese, and there are at present three I-Kiribati Brothers working in the Pacific. The presence of the Brothers in Kiribati is marked by internationality: Brothers from Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand have been and are involved in this Marist mission.
Since 2016 the community at Bikenibeu has focused on developing Champagnat Marist Spirituality with secondary and post-secondary aged young people. It is proposed that this community becomes part of the Lavalla 200> international communities being established in each of the six Marist Regions.
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