The Society of the Little Brothers of Mary (The Marist Brothers) was founded in the early 19th century by St. Marcellin Champagnat. He was motivated by the need to support young people in coming to know God and in gaining an education which would help them to become honest and productive members of the community. St. Marcellin said that in order to educate young people 'we must love them and love them all equally'.
While Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood is a systemic Catholic School run by the Archdiocese of Sydney, the College maintains strong links with its Marist heritage and is a school formed 'In the Marist Tradition'.
The four College Houses are named after significant Marist Brothers with a distinct link to the College, the Marist Brothers attend all College functions and special occasions with the community and the Life and Formation team from Marist Schools Australia run a number of formation programs for staff.
Students at the College take part in a range of practical, trade and spiritual experiences at The Hermitage, the Marist Brothers property in Mittagong. This very tangible link to the founding order deepens and strengthens the understanding of the work of Marcellin Champagnat as an educator of young people, through Mary our Mother and Jesus, her son.