The Edmund Rice Office Administrator provides support, contacts, and liaison for all Network activities, co-ordinates adult immersion and spirit-uality groups, administers this website, and edits the ‘Schools Link newsletter
The Edmund Rice Office
Woodeaves, Hale Barns, Altrincham, Cheshire WA15 0HF
Tel. 0161 904 0786 Fax: 0161 903 9182
The Schools Officer provides help and guidance on education matters, liaises with the Governing Bodies of Edmund Rice schools, acts for the Trustees in the appointment of school governors, organises in-service training for newly qualified and established staff, arranges inter-school conferences for Heads and for staff, assists with school development planning, and advises on the recruitment and appointment of senior staff
The Youth Development Officer co-ordinates student immersion schemes, organises Edmund Rice Camps and other youth ministries and opportunities, and administers the Edmund Rice awards scheme.
Edmund Rice was a spectacularly successful merchant who in 1802 gave up his wealth, founded a religious order dedicated to teaching, and opened his first schools in New Street and on Mount Sion in Waterford, Ireland.
By 1825 Edmund had built eleven schools in Ireland, with 4,000 pupils. In that year he crossed to Liverpool and founded the first Christian Brother school in England, in Fox Street, Preston.
Between 1825 and 1880 a total of 22 Christian Brother schools were established in England, pioneering education for the children of the poor in the major industrial towns. During the same period Edmund’s network became global, and soon there were Edmund Rice schools in every continent.
There are currently 12 schools in the Edmund Rice family in England. We continue to be connected with the world-wide family of Edmund Rice communities and schools throughout Africa, and in Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, India, and South and North America.
O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.