edmund-and-mary150Education was the focus that Edmund Rice chose to raise up the people of Ireland at the beginning of the 19th Century. He believed that teaching young people in a Christian environment would help them to grow and develop, and raise them out of their poverty, and assist them to take their place in society as responsible citizens and Catholics.

Today education is still the dominant ministry for many Brothers around the world, particularly in the developing nations. Some Brothers work alongside lay colleagues in running schools founded by the Brothers during the past two hundred years on every continent. Increasingly these schools are transferring to lay leadership and the Brothers are taking on the new role of passing on the living spiritual traditions of Edmund Rice. This reality has called into being a new articulation of the 'Essentials of Christian Brother Education' which now informs the Charters for Edmund Rice Schools.

Brothers also work in mainstream Catholic primary and secondary schools run by the Church in many parts of the world. Everywhere some children fail to succeed in school and the Brothers and lay colleagues have developed most creative ways of engaging these children in some form of education. In Australia Annexes or Flexi-learning Centres, with an alternative curriculum, have been created. In Ireland the "Life Centres" cater for a small number of children who have dropped out from mainstream schooling. In Zambia some Brothers work in 'Community Schools' where the poorest children receieve a basic education.

On almost every continent a tertiary educational institution was founded by the Brothers and flourishes today with large lay staffs. In Australia the teacher training college established by the Brothers is now operating as part of Australian Catholic University. In Ireland Marino Teacher Training College is now operating as part of Trinity College University, Dublin. Iona College, New York and St Edmund's College, Shillong, India continue their work in teacher education and other disciplines. Brothers also work in many tertiary educational institutions across the world.

Edmund Rice Education Australia

 

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All schools and educational entities in the Edmund Rice tradition across Australia are bound by a Charter which comprises touchstones giving ideals authentically linked with the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice and which underpin the ministrry in our schools and educational endeavours.

These touchstones will help us set our direction and define our goals as, following Blessed Edmund’s example, we continue to reflect and to seek to make the Gospel a living reality in our communities. Living these touchstones gives Edmund Rice Education Australia a special position in educating for liberation and possibility. Each school and educational entity within Edmund Rice Education Australia is called to be authentic to The Charter.

...the Charter aims to inspire school communities to foster energetically the vision of a charismatic leader, Blessed Edmund Rice, in the Spirit of Christ and the educational mission of the Catholic Church.

The formulation of the revised Charter was the result of consultation and collaboration by Edmund Rice Education Australia with the schools and educational entities throughout Australia.

As a living document, the Charter will continue to evolve through review and reflection as the demands of our changing times are read and interpreted in the light of the unchanging Gospel.

This Charter document was reviewed throughout 2010 and 2011 and was proclaimed on 22 August 2011.

Download the Charter

Web: http://www.erea.edu.au/

Edmund Rice Schools' Trust Ireland

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The Charter provides the VISION OF OUR
SCHOOL: ... that our school promotes the personal
and social development of all by being a caring Christian
community of teaching and learning.
The Charter describes the MISSION OF OUR SCHOOL:...which is
PROVIDING CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE EDMUND RICE TRADITION...

 

Edmund Rice Schools' Trust - pdf 

The Rice School

The Rice School was begun in 1995 at the initiative of Bishop John J. Nevins, D.D.. The school founder was Br. Paul Hennessy, C.F.C. and the first faculty member was Sr. Peggy O’Neill, S.C.

The motivating impulse behind the foundation of the school was really twofold: 1) to respond to the mandate of Vatican II that the laity would become ever more involved in advancing the Kingdom and 2) to attempt to respond to the need for lay ministers who are trained and competent to assist their local pastors in the work of serving the Church.

The Mission of the school is to prepare laity who feel called to serve the Roman Catholic Church by means of formal theological education and spiritual enrichment.

As secondary pursuits, we also offer on-going adult faith formation at the request of the diocese, individual parishes, or other groups. In addition, we are charged with the maintenance and building up of the Catholic theological library for the Diocese of Venice. Let’s explore each of these objectives in greater detail…

FORMING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LAY MINISTERS AND DEACONS FOR SERVICE IN THE CHURCH

Since its founding, the Rice School has been and continues to function as a center for theological study and preparation for service in the Diocese of Venice.

In addition to training the laity, the Rice School provides theological education for those men preparing for ordination to the diaconate.

 Secondary Pursuits of the Rice School

GENERAL FAITH FORMATION FOR GOD’S PEOPLE

Far from being merely an academic institution, the Rice School is also active in providing opportunities for life-long faith formation for the people of the Diocese of Venice, Florida. This is accomplished in a variety of ways. For example, faculty and graduates of the Rice School are available upon request to visit diocesan parishes as guest speakers in both ‘one-shot’ and extended series formats. They can facilitate retreats and offer evenings of reflection. They can serve as consultants for parish committees and provide training for lectors, extraordinary Eucharistic ministers and other types of parish-level ministries. (Look under ‘Programs’ on this website for our ever-growing menu of options.) For those interested in a more long-term, in-depth exploration of the faith, we heartily welcome all interested auditors to our regular classes. (This can be a great option for newly initiated Roman Catholics who, having just completed their catechumenate, miss the fellowship and camaraderie of a faith-based learning environment.)

One thing that is an important component of all adult faith formation done by the Rice School, perhaps its essential component, is the emphasis we place on calling God’s people to active service for others in need. Simply put, personal spiritual growth must lead to service. Perhaps the Epistle of James best expresses this relationship between one’s faith and Christian service:

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,’ and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead (2:14-17).

Education European Province

EDUCATION

Ireland


Marino Institute of Education
Marino Institute of Education is a unique third-level education environment. At Marino, students and staff are members of a dynamic teaching and learning community who support one another in the service of a common mission. This mission expresses the tradition of care through education established by Edmund Rice. The Marino Institute of Education comprises the College of Education (Coláiste Mhuire Marino), the Centre for Education Services, the Conference Centre and other continuing professional development and support services.
Telephone: Reception: 01 805 7700 Website: www.mie.ie

Edmund Rice Schools Trust
Providing a Catholic education in the Edmund Rice tradition. Promoting full personal and social development in caring Christian communities of learning and teaching.
Contact: Telephone: 01 289 7511 Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Republic) Website: erst.ie
Telephone: 048 9033 3205 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Northern Ireland)

Primary and Secondary Schools
Some Brothers and many thousands of lay teachers teach in the Primary and Secondary Schools of the Edmund Rice Trust. The schools cater for young people from a diverse range of backgrounds. With their energy and skills, the teachers respond to the emerging needs of students, creating a caring school community.

Edmund Rice Student and Young Adult Leadership Development Programme
The aim of this programme is to help students and young adults develop their leadership qualities and skills for their leadership roles as Prefects, Mentors and Student Council Members in schools and as Edmund Rice Camp Leaders.
Contact person: Br Chris Glavey Telephone: (01) 805 7779 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Teaching Non-Nationals
Teaching basic English to marginalised non-national students in Edmund Rice Schools.

Dublin 8 Community Education Centre (D8 CEC)
Giving adults within the community access to a quality, learner-centred education in a welcoming and caring environment. Self-confidence is acquired through the educational process.
Contact person: Ms Marie Mulvihill
Telephone: 01 542 4130 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Federation of ERST Parent Councils
The Federation of Parents Councils of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust provides information and support services to its affiliated parents councils in the Catholic Secondary schools within the Republic of Ireland.
Aims of the Federation
· to continue the Ethos of Christian Brothers Schools.
· to support Parents Councils in their work.
· to represent the unique structure of voluntary schools through our involvement with the National Parents Council - post primary.

Contact person: Ms Geraldine Perkins, Secretary
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Telephone: 087 4135506 Website: www.fedcbs.ie

National Association Christian Brothers Past Pupils Unions
Linking and co-ordinating the activities of the Past Pupils Unions throughout Ireland.
Contact: Mr Séamus Upton
Telephone: 051 371 203 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

England

Primary and Second Level Schools
Many hundreds of lay teachers teach in the schools and colleges. The schools cater for young people from a diverse range of backgrounds. With their energy and skills, the teachers respond to the emerging needs of students, creating a caring school community.

Edmund Rice Outreach Awards England
Rewarding structured voluntary community service at both Primary and Secondary levels through involvement in a wide range of charities, schools and outreach projects. Effective contextualization and follow-up of outreach activity, through reflection, evaluation and prayer, is a fundamental part of the programme.
Contact: Mr Tom Murray
Location: The Edmund Rice Office, Woodeaves, Hale Barns, Altrincham, WA15 0HF. England
Telephone: 07757282562 (mobile) 0161904 0786 (office)
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Edmund Rice Youth Development
Regularly visiting schools in order to encourage twinning links, fundraising, pen-pal exchanges with African schools and to generally explain and promote the ethos of Edmund Rice and the Christian Brothers through presentations, workshops and assemblies.
Contact: Mr Tom Murray
Location: The Edmund Rice Office, Woodeaves, Hale Barns, Altrincham, WA15 0HF. England
Telephone: 07757282562 (mobile) 0161904 0786 (office)
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Edmund Rice Youth Assembly England
Bringing together young people with experience of youth ministry and the passion to pursue further involvement and association within the Edmund Rice English Network. Keynote speeches, forums and workshops will inspire this group of like-minded activists to work towards deeper commitment to continuing the Edmund Rice charism through ministry.
Contact: Mr Tom Murray
Location: The Edmund Rice Office, Woodeaves, Hale Barns, Altrincham, WA15 0HF. England
Telephone: 07757282562 (mobile) 0161904 0786 (office)
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