Walking in the Footsteps of Edmund Past & Present - Collaboration between Oceania Province and Edmund Rice Education Australia
Target Audience: Senior leaders in Oceania Province and Ministries, Edmund Rice Education Australia schools and Associate schools.
Many stories have been handed down about the founder of the Christian Brothers, Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice: born in Callan in 1762, he established his first school in Waterford in 1802 and died there in 1844. These stories help to shape our identity as women and men who follow in Edmund’s footsteps. They reveal what we hold to be important and open a window on the Gospel of Jesus that inspired Edmund to open his whole heart to the poor and place his energies with those on the margins of society. These stories come to life as we walk the very streets that Edmund walked and visit the places of his birth, life and death. We must also remember that these stories are given life today through the work of those who continue to teach and minister in the name of Edmund, throughout Ireland and the rest of the world. During this pilgrimage we will have the opportunity to walk with local people and hear some of their stories as well.
The pilgrimage will also provide us with opportunities to explore the roots of Celtic spirituality and the Irish Church in the sacred landscape of Glendalough, where we will visit the ancient monastic settlement of St Kevin. We will also have an opportunity to meet the Presentation Sisters, who inspired Edmund; the Presentation Brothers, who were also founded by Edmund; and the Sisters of Mercy, whose heritage is also in Ireland.
We will begin our pilgrimage in Geneva with Edmund Rice International (ERI). ERI is one of the new expressions of Edmund’s Charism working as a NGO at the United Nations. ERI focuses its work on education and advocacy in Human Rights and Care of the Earth with particular emphasis on the Rights of the Child.
Trace the past adventures by exploring the journeys of 2014 & 2015.