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)
During the Pilgrimage-Immersion participants will have the opportunity to:
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:
Separate to the inclusions listed above, in addition, you need to provide
It is a compulsory requirement that every participant attend a preparation session. Each session will run from 4pm-8pm and will include a light supper. The preparation sessions will be conducted in each region and have been planned for the following dates. These dates will be confirmed when participation in the program is confirmed.
Download and complete the Edmund Rice Pilgrimage-Immersion Expression of Interest Form 2017
Return the completed Expression of Interest Form to Jo Hart at email@example.com by Friday 10th March 2017.
Get a sense of the Pilgrimage experience by reading the blog posts written by participants as they walked in Edmund's footsteps in 2016.
This program forms
part of the Christian Brothers’ commitment
to internationality and supports EREA’s initiative to connect globally by engaging beyond borders.