Over the years we have established a programme for a Network Group meeting at The Edmund Rice Office in Woodeaves, Hale Barns, Manchester Supporters come from Manchester, Stoke and Liverpool.
In 2008 the initial forum revealed an appetite for three elements in the spirit of Edmund Rice’s example and charisma
The Manchester group is providing particular support for Revive, a project of the Spiritans
(Holy Ghost Fathers), working with asylum seekers and refugees in Salford. Their focus is on
professional social worker casework, offering psychological and home-based support to
asylum seekers and refugees referred by other agencies.
Stoke have a basic core of committed people, although not meeting regularly as a group are involved in many activities promoted by the wider Network and they regularly involve themselves in the Manchester group activities.
Below is a taste of one of these activities
A group of 17 members affiliated to the stoke network hub learned a great deal about other
religions in March during a day at a Mosque and Gurdwara. The first part at the day was
spent learning about the deep beauty of Islam and the shared values that it holds with
Christianity. The second visit was to a Gurdwara, and for many of the group this was their
first exposure to Sikhism. Not only was the faith sharing very deep but the welcome that we
were afforded in both places showed genuine hospitality.
I know that I speak on behalf of everyone when I say that I am genuinely inspired to learn
more about other traditions, the value of inter-faith dialogue, and the innate sense of respect
that should be the central tenant of our relationships with all that we meet. The sharing that
took place was inspiring on all levels, and as a whole, much was learned about the God-
centred beauty of the both the Islamic and Sikh traditions.
Reported by Caroline Cirino
St. Joseph’s College, Stoke
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.