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Walking in the footsteps of Edmund Rice – a ‘planning’ pilgrimage

Following the Head and Chairs conference, the prep school headteachers, governors and staff headed off accompanied by Tom, Ann and Br Pat Madigan on a pilgrimage following in the footsteps of Blessed Edmund. The aim of the journey was to plan out and discover the feasibility of a Year 5/6 pilgrimage for the pupils of the English Edmund Rice schools. Using a guide produced by Tom which used the plates from Edmund;’s icon as inspiration, we traced Edmund’s journey via Edmund Rice House and the first Dublin school, van Waterford, Mount Sion and the key areas in the city which featured in his story and back to Edmund’s birthplace at Westcourt in Callan.

Headteachers were reassured that this journey would not just be possible but will become an essential part of KS 2 ethos education in their schools. Activities and details of the visit were planned on the way around. The whole experience was made extra special by Br Pat’s company.The office looks forward to helping them in their plans and making this very special journey a reality. We will be making the pilgrimage guide available as a download for anyone wishing to use it for their own group visit.

Prayer

Prayer of Thanks for Blessed Edmund Rice

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.

Amen.