Last week we led our annual Camp Leaders Pilgrimage to thank and encourage leaders for their continued commitment to Edmund’s charism and the children they support so valuably each summer around the UK.
Using images from the icon in our Whats App group, Tom expertly guided the group around the key influences on Edmund and the foundation of the Christian Brothers.
First stop was Edmund’s birthplace of Westcourt in Callan. Despite the cold, damp weather the reception form our host brothers was warm and leaders greatly enjoyed the tour of Edmund’s childhood home; learning about the penal laws, his mother, Margaret Tierney’s influence, his family and his education.
Next day in Waterford, the sun shone and we enjoyed a walking tour of Edmund’s life as a business man, a local philanthropist and on to the foundation of the first schools.
Later, in Cork we visited the Presentation brothers and Sisters learning more about the fellow orders and especially the great influence of the brave, pioneer of Catholic education; Nano Nagle.
At the Life Centre, leaders identified how the mission to reach out to the poor and marginalised by the Network is alive and well, seeing how young people are educated who cannot attend main stream schools and we walked the streets with a homeless charity.
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.