Journeying with Edmund
From Kenya to Ireland
23 November to 11 December 2019

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 work of those who have followed in his footsteps throughout the world. While the Christian Brothers arrived in South Africa in 1897, it was in response to the renewal of their mission that lead some Australian Brothers to arrive in East Africa in 1988. Since that time, the Christian Brothers have established themselves within the warm and complex society that is Kenya. Through their work, carried on now by many lay people alongside the Brothers, they continue to seek ways to support the flourishing of those living with the daily reality of poverty and injustice. 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.

During the program, pilgrims will have the opportunity to:

Explore the life of Edmund Rice and his vision for the young people of Waterford;
Discover how this vision is being lived out in the contemporary world through visits to the Christian Brothers’ communities and ministries in Kenya and Ireland;
Witness first-hand the power of education to make a difference in the lives of those living with poverty;
Reflect upon visionary leadership through the inspiration of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai;
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;
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;
Develop links with other EREBB schools.

How to apply

Expressions of Interest closed on the 31st May 2019.

Expressions Now Closed

Download the Kenya-Ireland Pilgrimage 2019 Flyer


For more information contact:
Jo Hart ( / 03 9426 3214
Brian Garrone ( / 03 9426 3208

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


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