St Declan's College

Blessed Edmund Rice Feast Day

St Declan's celebrating the founders feast day
27-April-22
Blessed Edmund Rice Feast Day

Celebrating our Community

Thursday 5 May 2022

On Thursday afternoon, 5 May 2022, for the first time since the pandemic began St Declan's students and teachers will join together to celebrate our common bond. It is fitting that this occurs on Blessed Edmund Rice's feast day. The school chaplain, Fr Michael O'Grady PP, will celebrate mass with us in the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Cabra West, at 2.15pm.

During the mass we will remember and pray for the students of the school who are undergoing State Examinations in 2022, for those we knew and loved who have died since the pandemic began, for those in frontline services who worked so bravely and well to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone in the country. We will remember in a special way those who are sick, who are grieving, and the people of Ukraine as they undergo the horrors of war, separation, loss and forced migration.

One of the offerings during mass will be a book in which students and staff can enter the names of people close to them who died during Covid times. They can also enter in special intentions they wish to be prayed for. This may be the recovery of someone who is ill, for help during exams, or for any other worry and stress which they may be undergoing. The Special Mass Intention Books will be available to all students from tomorrow until next Wednesday.

Our coming together as a community will be part of our spiritual celebration during Inter-Cultural week.

Parents and members of the broader community can join the celebration live using the following link:

Link >>>>>>>>Mass from the Church of the Most Precious Blood Cabra West

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Blessed Edmund Rice and his legacy

ERST schools across the world will join together on Thursday 5 May 2022 to celebrate the feast day of the founder. Blessed Edmund Rice was born in Callan Co Kilkenny on 1 June 1762. Although a highly successful businessman he suffered tragedy in his life when his wife died following an accident. His only daughter was severely handicapped and was placed in a home to be cared for.

In 1802, at the age of 40, Edmund felt he needed to do more with his life and set about helping the poor in Waterford where he was now living. He decided to sell off his business and founded his first school, in converted stables, for the poor boys of the city. Joined by like minded men who wished to help with the education of Ireland's poor catholic children the numbers of schools grew. The need to become organised into a religious congregation was apparent.

The Pontifical Congregation of Christian brothers was established in 1820 following approval by Pope Pius VII. The Pope's brief specified that the members were to be bound by vows of obedience, chastity, poverty and perseverance, and to give themselves to the free instruction, religious and literary, of male children, especially the poor.

From the first school established in Waterford the congregation grew and expanded to establish schools in Ireland and beyond. Schools were opened in England in 1825, India (1841), Australia (1842), USA (1843), New Zealand (1876), South Africa (1897), Rome (1900), Canada (1913), China 1920 and South America 1948. Today the Brothers of Edmund Rice are working in 30 countries across five continents. Besides education the Brothers encourage local people to develop their own skills and God-given talents and to become self-sufficient.

Edmund Rice died in Mount Sion Waterford on 29 August 1844 aged 82 years. He was declared Blessed by Pope John Paul II in Rome on 6 October 1996.

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