The association was founded on December 5th 1919 by some brothers and Baroness Philomena von Hornstein.
In an institution like Marist Brothers Institute, which has just celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2017, 100 years certainly means antiquity. Compared to the periods that determine the history of peoples and the history of the Church, the Marists remain on a rather modest scale. But this is in keeping with the spirit of their founder, Marcelino Champagnat, who defined modesty as the fundamental characteristic of his brothers.
The celebration of the centenary of the Association took place in 2021 in the Marist Hall of the Seminary and Training Center in Kloster Furth. The association was founded on December 5th 1919 by some brothers and Baroness Philomena von Hornstein of Kloster Furth under the name "Marist Welfare and Mission Association".
All marist juridical acts passed through the association for decades. From the beginning, it also supported missionary work. Even after the foundation of the community corporation in 1927, the association remained the legal entity of the marists. After the modification of the statutes in 1983 and the laying of the foundation stone for the missionary work of the German Marists in Roo, Orore and Ramba (on Lake Victoria in Kenya) in 1984, the association supported these works in particular. Almost at the same time, the tasks of the association and the corporation were separated for the first time with a new statute of the association. Since then, the association was involved in the mission and supported pastoral, educational and social work abroad with donations.
As could be heard in the ceremonial speech of the current President of the association, Peter Dierl, the further development of social projects in more than 80 countries all over the world made it necessary in 2016 to adapt the statutes and the name of the Association to the new requirements with "Maristen Solidarität International e. V.".
The flow of donations to social projects was optimized. "For a small association of volunteers, the cooperation with our partner FMSI (Fondazione Marista Solidarietà Internationale) in Rome is indispensable today," said Dierl, adding: "This ensures that donations reach selectively where they are most needed. The aim was and is to help disadvantaged children, young people and orphans, true to the motto of the founder of the Marist Order, Marcelino Champagnat: "To educate a child well, you must love him".
Many patrons support social projects with large donations, such as the marist schools in Cham, Mindelheim and Recklinghausen; local campaigns also contribute to this and they have become part of a good tradition. Among other things, the "Cake for Kenya" campaign of the Catholic Youth Community (KjG) in Furth is worth mentioning.
But also the Marist Lyceum in Furth, as well as the Catholic Women's Federation with its numerous affiliated associations, the Pilgrim MTAs in Landshut and the numerous concerts of the Sebastiani Music and the Liedertafel in Furth bring in a steady income for the benefit of the projects: in recent years an average of 160,000 Euros and in 2018 no less than 313,000 Euros. Because of this, Robert Thunus, Provincial of the West Central Europe Province, in his greeting to all donors, encouraged them to continue to show their openness and solidarity for children and young people in need, because the scope of action of the MCC in the world does not seem to be shrinking.