‘To Pool our Passion & to Continue the Brothers’ Mission in Edmund’s Name’; this is what EREBB leader and Executive Director of Edmund Rice Education Australia Dr Wayne Tinsey urged the schools of the European region to do, who came together for the first time under the EREBB banner last week in Dublin.
In the spirit of ‘Transformational Education Beyond Borders’, many teachers from all over Ireland and England shared their experiences, found out about opportunities in the Network and were inspired by the keynote speakers who included Fr Peter McVerry whose work with the homeless community in Ireland left all delegates truly humbled and at the same time roused to act.
Motivated by the amazing work going on in ministries and in schools across the province, teachers were able to attend workshops that informed them of new opportunities available to all in the network.
The spirit of collaboration and unity of mission were tangible over the two days. Hearing from James, a resident of Rose Mount House in Belfast on his experiences of being homeless and from Osman, Samir and Mohammed, young refugees who are flourishing now as students at an Edmund Rice school were particular highlights. We concluded with the creation of a development plan, agreed by all delegates as to how we need EREBB to progress in terms of the priority areas; effective communication, developing our identity, transformational education, one voice for justice, inspirational leadership and formation for mission.
We thank all of our speakers, organisers and delegates for their contributions in making this a successful and visionary congress. We so enjoyed celebrating our global identity and expressing how we educate our young people in liberty, cooperation and justice.
We, in at Edmund Rice England are so proud of our schools who showed their allegiance to Edmund’s mission in reaching out to the marginalised and those made poor on Friday to support the EREBB congress. They stopped all lessons; sending out the staff and students to volunteer their time to improve their environment and to help those in need.
two examples of what our schools did are:
St Joseph’s Prep School in Stoke-on-Trent prepared meals for homeless at the Churches Community Night Shelter, prepared literacy and numeracy displays for Salford Refugees, learnt about refugees from the Red Cross, litter picked in the local area.
St Anselm’s College, also litter picked, ran a trip for refugees to Chester, baked bread for homeless shelters, staff volunteered at local primaries and busked amongst other projects.
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.