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 is important to us and open a window on the Gospel of Jesus. Edmund's story is told today in the world of those who have followed in his footsteps throughout the world.

Arriving in India in 1848, the Christian Brothers have established themselves within a culturally and spiritually diverse society. Their work has flourished through traditional forms of education and more recently through community development and advocacy projects. The character of this work is formed through an emerging spirituality influenced by an awareness of the integral nature of creation which impacts us all but the poor most particularly.

All stories are true: some actually happened. All stories are about truth. All stories have the power to transform and to convert. 
(Megan McKenna, story teller and theologian)



The Itinerary will include the following (subject to change):

During the Pilgrimage-Immersion participants will have the opportunity to:

  • walk the very streets that Edmund walked and visit the places of his birth, life and death in Ireland;
  • explore Celtic spirituality and the Irish Church in the sacred landscape of Glendalough;
  • discover the story of the Presentation Brothers (the other congregation Edmund founded), as well as the stories of Nano Nagle and the Presentation Sisters;
  • discover the lived expression of our founding charism through visits to the Christian Brothers’ communities and ministries in Ireland and India;
  • encounter the cultural and spiritual richness of India;
  • explore the evolution of Edmund’s vision within a society characterised by extremes of poverty and religious diversity;
  • reflect upon the spirituality of justice which began with Edmund and continues to grow and develop through the evolving story of those who walk in Edmund’s footsteps.


Who should attend

Senior leaders in Oceania Province and Ministries, Edmund Rice Education Australia schools and Associate schools.




The total cost for this year is still being determined. As a guide, the estimate is $4,900 per person (approx. $4100 for participants from EREA member schools) however, this is subject to exchange rates and final costs of flights and the program.

This payment includes:

  • some meals (5 dinners, 7 lunches and all breakfasts)
  • all accommodation (generally single accommodation) 
  • on ground transport and flights internal to the program (Cork to Delhi, Delhi to Varanasi to Kolkata) and most admissions.
  • travel insurance

Separate to the inclusions listed above, in addition, you need to provide

  • Airfares to Dublin and home from Kolkata
  • Your passport
  • Your TOURIST visa ($95)
  • Vaccinations & medications (as advised by your travel doctor)
  • Money for incidentals, some lunches, most dinners
  • An open mind and heart as well as your enthusiasm for this experience.


Preparation Sessions


It is a compulsory requirement that every participant attend a preparation session. Given the location of most of the participants, we will be conducting sessions in the following locations. Should you reside in another state, please make arrangements to attend whichever of these two sessions is most convenient.

  • Brisbane:         Wednesday 7 June           St Patrick's Shorncliffe
  • Melbourne:      Thursday 15 June             EREA Richmond

How to Apply: Applications are now closed.

Download and complete the Edmund Rice Pilgrimage-Immersion  Expression of Interest Form 2017
Return the completed Expression of Interest Form to Jo Hart at by Friday 10th March 2017.





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Pilgrimage Blog 2016


Get a sense of the Pilgrimage experience by reading the blog posts written by participants as they walked in Edmund's footsteps in 2016.

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This program forms 
part of the Christian Brothers’ commitment 
to internationality and supports EREA’s initiative to connect globally by engaging beyond borders.