On May 26, 2021, the Piarists celebrated the 250th anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica Minor Maria Treu. The central theme of the liturgy of this feast was the parish synod in Maria Treu “Give me to drink” (John 4:7).

“I am very happy that we can celebrate together in Maria Treu the 250th anniversary of the consecration of the Piarist Church,” said the General Delegate of the Piarists in Austria, Father Jean de Dieu Tagne Sch. P. As part of the “Piarist Parish Network,” the church in Maria Treu has a special place in the perception of the worldwide Piarist Order. In 2019, Father General Pedro Aguado Sch. P. announced the foundation of this parish network in Maria Treu.

The central theme of the celebration was the current parish synod in Maria Treu. For several months now, various commissions have been meeting online and exchanging ideas on the main topics: Pastoral Care, Liturgy, Sacramental Preparation, Youth, Caritas, Volunteerism, and Culture. Already next Sunday on May 30, 2021, there will be a public conversation in the church about these priorities.

Father Jean de Dieu thanked the people who have built Maria Treu over the years and continue to be committed to parish life. For Father Jean de Dieu, the church is more than a building. The people of Maria Treu are part of a long history. All people have contributed their part to that history. So Father Jean de Dieu also drew attention to the future: “We also celebrate our responsibility. We have the responsibility to pass on what we have received to the next generation.”