“The Identity of a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition lies in its being an instrument of the Church’s mission and motivated by its evangelisation role. While all Catholic schools work for the mission of the Church, the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice is the prism through which Christian Brothers’ schools look at the world in discerning the needs in light of the Gospel. They do this within the local church and with the experience, joy and hope of a living tradition. Such is their mission as they strive to be part of the Kingdom’s mission through school ministry as Church mission.” Foundations 2013
When Edmund Rice Education Australia was being planned as a future governance body for schools owned and governed by the Christian Brothers, it was clear that structures had to be in place to protect the particular character and culture of the schools. Initiatives to meet this need included the development of the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition, the planning of Formation programs, the establishment of the School Renewal Process and, within the organisational structure of EREA, the establishment of the Identity Directorate.
In articulating identity, EREA calls upon the message of the Gospel, the charism of Edmund Rice, the mission of Catholic Education, the story of the Christian Brothers and the lived reality of schools which have shared a long and proud Christian Brothers heritage.