Edmund Ignatius Rice was born in Callan, Ireland, in 1762.
A man of great faith, Edmund felt called by God. He contributed generously to Catholic Charity schools and gave practical help to the poor by providing food, shelter and clothing but he wanted to do more.
In 1802 he founded the Congregation of the Christian Brothers, who have become responsible for the care and education of millions of children in their schools and other ministries. The Brothers seek to help in the struggle against poverty and injustice. All followers of Edmund Rice are committed to education to achieve freedom.
The extraordinary life of Edmund was recognised when on October 6 1996, Edmund Ignatius Rice was proclaimed 'Blessed' by Pope John Paul II.
The history and life of Blessed Edmund is celebrated at the Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre in Waterford, Ireland http://edmundrice.ie/