Welcome to the extended family of St. John’s! Our family, like any other social structure, has its own rules and regulations, promotes cohesiveness amongst its members and is value based.
The Edmund Rice Family comprises of the Christian Brothers living and working in different countries and in various cultures and all the people whose lives they touch. The Brothers recognise and joyfully affirm the emergence of individuals and groups who are inspired by the vision of Edmund Rice. They acclaim such people and are now working in partnership with them as a part of the Edmund Rice family.
A prophetic call to a quest for justice – One of the calls the Christian Brothers have been acutely aware of, is ” to proclaim Liberty to captives, and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free” (Luke 4 : 18) – A call for social justice that was a matter of considerable concern for Blessed Edmund Rice as well.
Realising, however, that pursuing too many injustices simultaneously would be an impossibility, the Brothers chose, as a congregation, to have one focal point that they would address and speak upon. This focus would be in keeping with their identity as an international congregation dedicated to the education of the young ones of this world. The focus chosen was: the issue of the rights of children and those areas that touch on the injustices done to children globally: abuse, child soldiers, street children, indentured slavery, child pornography- the list is endless.
To effect this, there is a need to have a right relationship with God’s creation, to reflect on experiences at the margins, minister to the poor and grasp the opportunities that lie in dislocating experiences that move us beyond past methods of teaching justice.
The Brothers are fired by Edmund’s dream and pitch their tent at the margins where they give to the poor in handfuls that which money can never buy: dignity through education. They see the misery of God’s people and consumed by compassion, they become the ambassadors of reconciliation, breakers of yokes, voices crying out in the wilderness, “Do not be afraid”.
So, parents and students, let us then like the Christian Brothers, also commit to engage in passionate advocacy for the most vulnerable in our society, in order to bring into full flame our shared desire for a world of understanding, compassion and love of God’s creation.