The Edmund Rice Network is the global umbrella for all the followers of Edmund Rice. An Irish businessman, born in 1762, Edmund Rice, moved by Gospel compassion for the deprivation and suffering of his fellow countrymen, particularly for youth, gave up his fortune at the age of 40 to respond to the desperate needs of young people. Two Religious Congregations of men in the Catholic Church, namely the Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers honour Blessed Edmund Rice as their founder and many other groups and individuals around the world also see themselves as followers of the spirit of Edmund.
The Chapters [i.e. the six yearly gatherings] of the two Congregations in recent years have been calling for more cohesion and coordination, better communication and stronger attempts to create a sense of identity and mutual support across the Network.
This website aims to offer a comprehensive news coverage of what is happening around the Network globally, noting coming events of interest, profiles of people who are active within the Network and regular discussion articles under the title of ‘Conversations' which aim to engage the Network in interaction on vital issues.
The website also offers a compendium of collected resources around Edmund Rice - his life story, images, prayers and paraliturgies, as well as details and contact points for the Leadership and Provinces of the two Congregations. Under the heading of ‘Networking' the site lists many of the associated groups within the Network and provides brief details and contacts for each group.
The website also includes communications from the two Congregation Leadership Teams as well as from a range of Networking groups.
This site welcomes items for news, suggestions for profiles, articles for discussion, and advertising of coming events from across the Network.
Any group within the Network which seeks to provide information about what is happening within its particular networking group is welcome to provide that to the web contact personnel. This is not an exclusive website but rather one which is committed to the sharing and coordinating of information with other Edmund Rice websites around the globe.