Edmund Rice Tradition
Dr Denis McLaughlin published a book, researching the educational vision the founder of the Christian Brothers, Edmund Ignatius Rice (which he put into place in the schools he established in Ireland in the first half of the 19th century in Ireland) concluded from his analysis of the historical sources available, the following synthesis of Ricean Education.
The education that Edmund Rice pioneered was an initiative within the ‘evangelising mission of the Church’. It was distinguished by the following characteristics and their expressions:
Presence leading to a respectful sense of the sacred
- A profound belief in the equal dignity of persons
- Nurturing a culture of faith
- A scholarly approach to education of the spirit
Compassion nurturing authentic community
- Honouring of a caring family spirit
- Solidarity with the unimportant, the poor and the neglected
Liberation underpinning the provision of education
- Relevant, quality and critical education
- An interdependent system of education focusing on mission authenticity
- This leads into the four touchstones of Edmund Rice Education
- Liberating Education – We open hearts and minds, through quality teaching and learning experiences, so that through critical reflection and engagement each person is hope-filled and free to build a better world for all.
- Gospel Spirituality – We invite all people into the story of Jesus and strive to make his message of compassion, justice and peace a living reality within our community.
- Inclusive Community – Our community is accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationship and committed to the common good.
- Justice and Solidarity – We are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself. The tradition of the Christian Brothers who administered St Mary’s for the first 97 years of its existence is very important to this community. We proudly do our best to continue the vision of Edmund in the life of the College today.