The Founder of the Christian Brothers
The son of prosperous parents
in Callan, Co Kilkenny, Blessed Edmund Rice, founder became a highly successful
businessman as a ship's chandler in Waterford.
When his young wife died, he devoted himself
to a spiritual way of life and to works of charity. He became particularly concerned about
the poorly dressed, hungry and uneducated boys he came across around the docks in
A small number of companions joined him in
caring for these boys and in 1802 he used his personal wealth to build his first monastery
at Mount Sion in Waterford. Others quickly followed and the Congregation of the Christian
Brothers was finally established by Pope Pius VII in 1822.
Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice was its first
Superior General. He was a man of immense virtue and deep humility. The cause for his
canonisation was opened by the Archbishop of Dublin in 1961 and is progressing
successfully. He was beatified by the Pope in 1996.
Blessed Edmund Rice
Birth Place of Blessed Rice
The Edmund Rice Memorial Chapel at Westcourt Callan