Blessed Edmund Rice Mass


This morning, Br Paul Oakley, Christian Brother President of Edmund Rice Education, Australia, presented St Mary’s College with its membership as an Edmund Rice Associate School. College Captain Ben Choice, College Vice Captain Tom Weir and College Principal Mr Michael Newman, proudly accepted the honour and pledged to ensure that the Edmund Rice charism and spirit remains authentically alive and vibrant at St Mary’s College.

So, what exactly is this Edmund Rice charism? Edmund Rice, the Irish founder of the Christian Brothers, started an order of teaching Brothers that ventured to Australia and later to Toowoomba in 1899. These Brothers believed and lived certain characteristics. In 2004, these were defined in four ‘Touchstones’ of the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition as:

  • Gospel Spirituality: the  invitation of  all people into the story of Jesus and strive to involve his message of compassion, justice and peace as a living reality within our community.
  • Liberation Education: the opening of  hearts and minds, through quality teaching and learning experiences, so that through critical reflection and engagement, each person is hope-filled and free to build a better world for all.
  • Inclusive Community: A community that is accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships and committed to the common good.
  • Justice & Solidarity: Commitment to Justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls each person to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.

This association and agreement to live the Charter will guide St Mary’s College in its quest to achieve greater authenticity as a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition. The College will challenge all its members to reflect upon and remain faithful to the four touchstones, ensuring they are an embodiment of all aspects for the College.

St Mary’s College proudly accepted its membership as an Edmund Rice Associate School. The College thanked Br Paul Oakley, Br Vic Larkin (former teacher) and Br Jim D’Arcy (former student) for their presence, encouraging support and words at their College Mass today.

The College has as its core to be a vibrant, alive, authentic and modern educator of boys in the Edmund Rice tradition into the future.

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