Where it all began
In 1949, the Marist Brothers and students of St. Francis Xavier's College, Franco Chinoise, St. Jeanne D' Arc of Shanghai, St. Louis of Tientsin, the old boys of Peking, Hangkow, Shantung came toHong Kong. The ex-students still kept in close contact with their Alma Mater and their former teachers, and were ready to give a helping hand to the Brothers.
Since the ex-students had frequent social gatherings with the Brothers as their guests, they felt something more permanent had to be organized. The urge was felt especially at times of many old boys going abroad. Thus, steps were taken to form a universal body of ex-students and this was achieved in 1960.
Coming into shape
At a dinner party for Rev. Bro. Paul Ambrose, Assistant General of the Marist Brothers at that time, a resolution was tabled to affiliate all the ex-students of the Marist Brothers with the World Union of Marist Ex-students. After a long discussion, it was agreed to elect two coordinators. Rev. Bro. Gilbert and Rev. Bro. Claudius were elected. Mr. Gerald Abbass was elected as First President of the World Union of Marist Ex-students, Hong Kong Division.