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CLEO Hullgraduation Jan2015

CLEO student wins best MEd dissertation award

30 Jan 2015: Fourteen students from the Christian Leadership in Education Office (CLEO) in Cork have been conferred with the Masters in Education (MEd) degree at the University of Hull. A total of six MEd graduates at the university were awarded a Distinction (i.e. First Class Honours) and a remarkable four of those...
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"A Sign of Contradiction"

28 Jan 2015: February 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Traditionally, it is known as Candlemas and is also the World Day for Consecrated Life. It is the patronal feast of Lux Edmundi - a monthly meeting of Catholic educators at Mardyke House in Cork city. Take a look...
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Lux Edmundi reflection for Catholic Schools Week

20 Jan 2015: Here's the Lux Edmundi reflection (pdf) for January 2015. It reflects on the nature of a Catholic school as we enter Catholic Schools Week in Ireland (25th January - 1st February 2015). Lux Edmundi meets again on Tuesday, 27th January 2015 at Mardyke House, Cork city. Here's the agenda (pdf) for...
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Soul Food scheduled for Waterford!

16 Jan 2015: Our next vocation discernment evening - known as Soul Food - takes place on Thursday, 29th January 2015 at Mount Sion in Waterford city! Full details here!  
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Our Sri Lankan Brothers celebrate country's first saint

15 Jan 2015: Video: A one minute review of the Papal Visit to Sri Lanka. Our Sri Lankan Presentation Brothers at the International Novitiate in Killarney, Ireland are glued to the television and internet this week as Pope Francis visits their homeland. On Wednesday the Holy Father canonised Fr Joseph Vaz at a Mass...
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ERI alarm at displacement of indigenous people in Australia

12 Jan 2015: The latest Edmund Rice Newsletter describes the group's recent advocacy work on behalf of aboriginal people in Australia. The bulletin also explores the link between migration and climate change as well as giving an interesting heads-up on the UN's new 'Sustainable Development Goals' which will replace the Millennium Development Goals...
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Brother Kevin graduates in Waterford

09 Jan 2015: Congratulations to Brother Kevin Mascarenhas who has graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology with a Higher Certificate in Arts, focusing on Comunity Education and Development. The ceremony took place on Monday, 5th January 2015. Brother Kevin is the director of the Integration and Support Unit (ISU) at Mount Sion in Waterford...
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Funeral Arrangements for Brother Philip, RIP

27 Dec 2014: Funeral Arrangements for the late Brother Philip Tengan: 8pm, Friday, January 2nd 2015 Wake-keeping at Kongo Catholic Church. 9.30am, Saturday, January 3rd 2015Requiem Mass at Kongo Catholic Church. Burial afterwards in the Brothers' cemetery at Mount St Joseph, Logre. Our Congregation Leader, Brother Martin Kenneally, has sent this message of sympathy to the Brothers...
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Brother Philip Tengan, RIP

24 Dec 2014: Prayers have been asked for the family and confrères of Brother Philip Tengan (33) who has died unexpectedly in Ghana. Brother Philip was a member of our community at Hain in the Upper West Region and principal at St Raphael's Primary School. He made his First Profession during the Congregation Chapter...
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CLT Newsletter published

22 Dec 2014: The Congregation Leadership Team (CLT) at Mount St Joseph in Cork has just published a newsletter detailing the team's activities over the past twelve months. Take a look at the newsletter here (pdf).
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Students at Pres Bray respond to Christmas Toy Appeal

18 Dec 2014: Several thousand euro worth of toys have been gathered by students at Presentation College, Bray in response to the school's annual Christmas Toy Appeal. The toys will be distributed to families in need by St Vincent de Paul and the Women's Refuge in Bray. "The students have collected over 250 toys...
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Harry Potter and the Christmas Story

17 Dec 2014: Take a look at the Christmas 2014 Lux Edmundi reflection. (pdf) Lux Edmundi meets each month to reflect on Catholic education in the spirit of the example of Blessed Edmund Rice.  
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Human Rights of Older People

11 Dec 2014: The December edition of the Edmund Rice International (ERI) e-letter focuses on the issue of human rights of the elderly. Take a look at the bulletin here. Subscribe to receive it directly here.
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'Soul Food' vocation discernment evening in Waterford - this Thursday

10 Dec 2014: Our next Soul Food vocations discernment evening takes place at 6.30pm on Thursday, 11th December at Mount Sion in Waterford city. Full details here.Booking is essential. Contact Br Anthony at vocation@PresentationBrothers.org or at 086-0898120.
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Br Paul speaks to young people about his vocation

10 Dec 2014: Brother Paul Atole, our vocations director in Nigeria, spent the weekend speaking to young people about his life as a Presentation Brother. Br Paul was speaking in Gboko in Nigeria to dozens of interested young people. We have two communities of Brothers in Nigeria: in Gboko and in Tafawa Balewa. If you...
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Advent talk takes place at Presentation Brothers, Dublin

10 Dec 2014: Well done to the dozens of people who braved the winter wind and rain on Tuesday night (9th December) to attend our Advent talk at our house in Glasthule, Dublin. Fr Terence Crotty gave a great talk on the theme, 'Mary and the Christmas Story'. We hope to run another set of...
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Archbishop of Dublin blesses new building at Presentation College, Bray

08 Dec 2014: The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, visited Presentation College Bray on Monday, 8th December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception. He blessed the school building during a special prayer service with staff and students. Take a look at some photos from the occasion (courtesy of Mr Clifton Rooney). Click on photos to...
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Advent talk at Presentation Brothers, Dublin - this Tuesday!

02 Dec 2014: Our Brothers in Dublin have announced the details of a special Advent talk at their house in Dublin. Here are the details: 7.30pm, Tuesday, 9th December 2014 at Presentation Brothers, Glasthule, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Google Map here We're just a one minute walk from the Sandycove/Glasthule DART station. The speaker will be...
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Secularism and Advent

02 Dec 2014: Take a look at the Advent 2014 Lux Edmundi reflection below. Lux Edmundi is a monthly meeting for those interested in Catholic education. The group meets at Mardyke House in Cork city. Each meeting begins with a brief period of silent prayer followed by a study of some feature of the...
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'Silver and Gold' Christmas gift catalogue launched at Brebeuf College, Toronto

01 Dec 2014: The Brebeuf College School community in Toronto have launched their 'Silver and Gold' Christmas 2014 Gift Catalogue. The catalogue lists opportunities to support young students attending Presentation Brothers' schools in Ghana. The catalogue takes its name from a well-known quotation from Blessed Edmund Rice: "Were we to know the value...
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Brother Paul at launch of new prayer group in Nigeria

01 Dec 2014: Click on photos to enlarge and view in slideshow mode Brother Paul Atole, from our community at Gboko in Benue State in Nigeria, attended the launch of a new prayer group at St Mary Mbadam Church in the town at the weekend. The prayer group will be dedicated to Fr Michael Ownen...
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Kieran O Reilly 2014

Congratulations Bishop Kieran!

28 Nov 2014: Congratulations to Bishop Kieran O'Reilly, SMA, on his appointment as Archbishop of Cashel and Emly. Since 2010, Bishop Kieran has served as the bishop of Killaloe. Bishop Kieran attended primary school at Scoil Chríost Rí in Turner's Cross in Cork city and, later, attended secondary school at Coláiste Chríost Rí. Bishop Kieran...
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Pres Day marked by Brothers in Nigeria

28 Nov 2014: Our Brothers in Gboko in Benue State, Nigeria marked 'Pres Day' with a special celebration at their community house. Priests, religious and lay people working in the diocese of Gboko  gathered to mark this special feast with the community. The Brothers' house in Gboko is dedicated to Brother James Prudumme, a...
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'Spirit of Pres' in Bray

24 Nov 2014: Students and staff at Presentation College, Bray have concluded a week of special activities to mark 'Pres Day' (November 21st). The annual event, known as "Spirit of Pres Week" included a staff-students rugby match, a soccer friendly, and Mass in the Church of Our Lady, Queen of Peace in Bray. Take...
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Celebrate 2014 Photos

22 Nov 2014: A large crowd turned out in Cork on Thursday night (20th November) for Celebrate 2014! - a special gathering on the eve of the Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple. Take a look at some photos from the event above. The attendance included representatives from the Presentation Brothers...
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Pres Day is marked in Ghana

22 Nov 2014: It was a busy ‘Pres Day’ for our Brothers at Bolgatanga in northern Ghana who focused on sharing their vocation story with young people. Brother Bernard Gazire from the Br Tom O’Connor community reports… Brothers Bernard, Franklin and James travelled to Gowre Senior Secondary school to interact with over 300 students who...
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Happy Pres Day!

21 Nov 2014: Celebrations are taking place all over the world today to mark the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - the patronal and titular feast of the Congregation of Presentation Brothers. On this special day, we wish you every peace and blessing. Faoi bhrat na Maighdine thú! May the Blessed...
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Details of Ruah 2015 announced

14 Nov 2014: The Ruah 2015 spiritual renewal programme will take place in Ireland from June 14th to June 27th 2015.  Download brochure here (pdf)See Poster here (pdf) The programme includes a week-long facilitated series of reflections with Margaret Silf, writer & retreat director. As well as time for private reflection and rest, there will...
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PresLink Christmas Concert

13 Nov 2014: The annual PresLink Christmas Carol Concert takes place this year at 7.30pm on Sunday, December 7th at Presentation Brothers College, Cork. The concert is part of a programme of fundraising in which the students of PresLink organise events throughout the year for the Presentation Brothers' missions and educational work in Africa....
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Celebrate 2014!

13 Nov 2014: Our annual Presentation Family gathering, Celebrate 2014!, takes place this year at 7pm, Thursday 20th November at the River Lee Hotel, Western Road in Cork city. It takes place on the eve of the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This year's assembly will include a talk, "Pope...
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Preparing for Pres Day 2014

12 Nov 2014: Take a look at this special reflection (pdf) from Lux Edmundi as we prepare to mark the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary ('Pres Day') on Friday, 21st November 2014.
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"Where two or three are gathered..."

31 Oct 2014: What role can small groups play in the life of the Church? Lux Edmundi's October reflection explores the question. Read it here.
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Brother Kevin lobbies Minister on Direct Provision

17 Oct 2014: Click on photos to enlarge and view as a slideshow Brother Kevin Mascarenhas, the Director of our Integration and Support Unit for immigrants in Waterford, was among a group that met with Minister Aodhán Ríordáin at Mount Sion this week to advocate on behalf of people living in direct provision centres. Mr...
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ERI Bolivia Review Oct2014

Is action on climate change too little, too late?

16 Oct 2014: Take a look at the October edition of the Edmund Rice International eLetter for recent developments on climate change. It also contains news of advocacy workshops in Johannesburg, the 'Drum Out Poverty' campaign in India and human rights issues in Bolivia. Well worth a look.
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SHARE students visit President Higgins

14 Oct 2014: Members of the SHARE executive travelled to meet President of Ireland, Mr Michael D Higgins, at his residence at Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin on Friday, 10th October. They were accompanied by Congregation Leader, Brother Martin Kenneally, Brother Anthony O'Sullivan, Brother John Guinane and Br Bede Minehane. Take a look at...
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Bunscoil Chríost Rí students on Newstalk radio

14 Oct 2014: Several pupils at Bunscoil Chríost Rí were interviewed on Newstalk 106 this morning! They were asked how they would manage Budget 2014. Take a look and a listen here. Well done everyone!  
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Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh celebrates 50th anniversary

14 Oct 2014: Click on photos to enlarge and view in slideshow. Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh has marked the 50th anniversary of its foundation with a special Mass of thanksgiving (Wednesday, 8th October 2014) at the Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Dennehy’s Cross in Cork city. The Mass was celebrated...
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"We must be simply the best"

06 Oct 2014: Take a look at the September 2014 Lux Edmundi reflection (pdf) for Catholic educators. Learn more about Lux Edmundi here.
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New edition of Presentation Connections now available!

30 Sep 2014: Check out the Autumn 2014 edition of Presentation Connections (pdf), the newsletter of the Anglo-Irish Province of the Presentation Brothers. The publication contains news from around the Province and details of upcoming events! If you would like a hard copy, contact Andrew at comms@PresentationBrothers.org
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'Mix and Mingle' at Brothers' house in Toronto

29 Sep 2014: Click on images to enlarge and view in slideshow Around 100 young people between the ages of 18 and 39, along with 24 religious and 3 bishops attended this year's Mix and Mingle event hosted by the Brothers at our Parkdale community. The evening began with Mass at 4:15 p.m. on the...
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Brothers of Our Lady of the Americas Province gather in Canada

29 Sep 2014: The Brothers of the Our Lady of the Americas Province, which includes Brothers' communities in Canada, the U.S. and Grenada in the West Indies, have met with our Congregation Leadership Team at the Sisters of St. Joseph's Retreat and Ecology Center on the shores of Lake Ontario in Cobourg. "We...
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Advocacy Workshop takes place in Sunyani, Ghana

19 Sep 2014: Brother Brian Bond, Executive Director of Edmund Rice International in Geneva has led a training workshop on the theme of advocacy in Sunyani, Ghana. The training workshop took place at St. Joseph's Pastoral and Social Centre in the Brong Ahafo region, running from Tuesday 2nd September to Friday 6th September. Topics...
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Busy month at Edmund Rice International in Geneva

19 Sep 2014: September is always a busy month at the UN in Geneva, with the Human Rights Councils regular three-week session. Take a look at the September edition of the Edmund Rice International e-letter for an update on developments in Geneva and news of training workshops in India and Kenya.
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Brothers meeting in Canada

06 Sep 2014: Please keep the Brothers of the Our Lady of the Americas Province in your prayers this weekend as they meet with the Congregation Leadership Team for a special meeting to discuss life and ministry in the region. "All the Brothers of the Province will be present for this meeting," explains Brother...
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New Diploma in Catholic Education at CLEO

04 Sep 2014: CLEO (Christian Leadership in Education Office), based at Mardyke House in Cork city, has teamed up with St Patrick's College, Maynooth and the world-famous University of Notre Dame to offer a new Diploma in Catholic Education. Download the course prospectus here (pdf) and take a look at the CLEO information sheet...
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Read Brother Martin's reflection at First Profession in Cork

03 Sep 2014: Here is the reflection (pdf) of Brother Martin Kenneally at the First Profession of Brother Theiva Pillai at Mount St Joseph, Cork, on 23rd August 2014.
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New edition of Presentation Studies

02 Sep 2014: The summer 2014 edition of Presentation Studies, a journal for members of the Presentation Family, is now available for download (pdf). This edition includes articles on: Architects who worked with the Presentation Brothers by Br Matthew Feheney Forging a future for Catholic education in Ireland by Fr Michael Drumm Presentation Brothers and new ecclesial...
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Homily from Professions in Ghana

01 Sep 2014: Here is a summary of the homily preached by Most Rev. Alfred Agyenta, Bishop of Navrongo-Bolgatanga, during the Final Profession of Brother Godfred Beteryel and Joseph Mukasa and the First Profession of Raymond Kefas at Kongo Church on August 23rd this year. Homily (summarised by Brother Imoru Lombogedong Emmanuel) [Reading: Isaiah: 61:1-6,...
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"Gratitude is the memory of the heart"

26 Aug 2014: Click on photos to enlarge & view in slideshow format. After Saturday's First Profession Mass at Mount St Joseph, Brother Theiva delivered a message of thanks to those who had come to witness this important moment in his life. Here is that message. You can also read it here (pdf). Message of Thanks Brother...
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West Africa Province celebrates three Professions

25 Aug 2014: Our West Africa Province rejoiced at the weekend with the First Profession of Brother Raymond Kefas and the Final Professions of Brother Godfred Beteryel and Brother Joseph Mukasa. The Professions took place on Saturday morning (23rd August 2014) at Kongo church in the presence of the Province Leader, Brother Francis...
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Brother Theiva makes First Profession in Cork

24 Aug 2014: Click on photos to enlarge and view in Slideshow Surrounded by family, friends and fellow Brothers, our first Presentation Brother from Sri Lanka, Brother Theiva, professed first vows at Mount St Joseph in Cork on Saturday (23rd August 2014). View photos from the event in our Photo Gallery The celebrant for the Mass...
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"A weekend of celebration, joy and encouragement" - Br Martin

22 Aug 2014: . "This is a weekend of celebration, joy and encouragement. Let us all pray for these four courageous men! We thank their families and promise them our support for the years ahead." - Brother Martin, our Congregation Leader, speaking in advance of this weekend's Final & First Professions in Ghana and Ireland. This...
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Meet the four Brothers making Professions this weekend

21 Aug 2014: Brother Raymond (31) is a native of Plateau State in Nigeria. He met the Brothers while teaching accounting and economics at Government Girls Secondary School (GGSC) in Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi State. "The Brothers have a community in Tafawa Balewa - the town in which I was teaching," Brother Raymond explains....
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Volunteer Bríon thanks Brothers at end of placement

19 Aug 2014: Bríon O’Sullivan is a third year student in International Development Studies in University College, Cork. As part of his degree programme, he has just completed a six month volunteer placement with the Presentation Brothers in Ghana. Bríon, a past student of Presentation Brothers College, Cork, first went to Ghana as...
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Reflection to mark anniversary of death of Blessed Edmund

18 Aug 2014: The August Lux Edmundi reflection marks the 170th anniversary of the passing of Blessed Edmund Rice. Read the reflection here (pdf)
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Tragic death of two Presentation Sisters

15 Aug 2014: Brother Martin Kenneally, our Congregation Leader, and Brother Andrew Hickey, the Leader of our Anglo-Irish Province, have expressed sympathy to the Presentation Sisters on the tragic loss of two sisters in Co. Kerry.  Sister Imelda Carew and Sister Paula Buckley lost their lives in a swimming accident last night (Thursday 14th...
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Lives in Limbo

Plight of Asylum Seekers in Ireland highlighted

14 Aug 2014: Brother Kevin Mascarenhas at the Information and Support Unit (ISU) for asylum seekers in Waterford is encouraging us to take a look at the excellent series of articles published in The Irish Times newspaper recently. The ISU has helped over 2,500 asylum seekers since its foundation in 2006. Read the Lives...
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410 years of Religious Life marked in Cork

13 Aug 2014:                                       Click on photos to enlarge and view in Slideshow format... "We assure you of our prayer as we continue on pilgrimage towards our final goal - life with God in the glory of heaven." - Br Rupert.  Seven of our Brothers returned to Mount St Joseph in Cork yesterday (Tuesday 12th...
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Youth Ministry pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick

11 Aug 2014: Two dozen students left Cork city in the early hours of the morning for this year's Reek Sunday pilgrimage. They were accompanied by Brother Martin Kenneally, Brother Patrick Fitzgibbon, Ms Treise O'Callaghan and Ms Sharon Gullane. This year's pilgrimage was attended by over 20,000 people. Mass was celebrated at the summit every...
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Br Andrew Saul renews his vows in Grenada

31 Jul 2014: Brother Andrew Saul has renewed his religious vows at the chapel in the Brothers' house in Grenada, West Indies. The vows were renewed during Mass celebrated by Fr Andrew Bernard and in the presence of many young people who attend the weekly Eucharistic Adoration prayer group. Brother Andrew (31) made his...
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Amber and Lauren return from Ghana

31 Jul 2014: Click on photos to enlarge and view in Slideshow format Our two volunteers in Ghana, Lauren and Amber, have returned home after teaching at Presentation Primary School in Logre since June. "It's been an absolutely incredible experience," says Lauren. "We had an amazing time! It was so rewarding to teach at the...
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Nose to nose with an elephant!

31 Jul 2014: Click on photos to enlarge and view in Slideshow format Students from Presentation Brothers Secondary School at Tafawa Balewa in Nigeria have been enjoying a nice excursion this summer! The JS3 students went to a wild life park and the Grand Cereals and Oil Mills in Jos, in Plateau State. Plateau State...
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Brother Robert helps out at youth summer camp

30 Jul 2014: Brother Robert Fanovich from our community in Grenada helped out on this year's summer vacation camp for young people in the Bahamas. "We had 67 young people ranging in ages from 7 to 19," Brother Robert explains. "There were 10 adults helping out in the areas of religious formation, music, art...
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World Day against Trafficking in Persons - Wednesday 30th July

30 Jul 2014: Today, Wednesday 30th July 2014, is the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Take a look at this United Nations booklet (pdf) outlining the extent of the problem... Here's a prayer service (pdf) for the occasion and some prayers from February's Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking.
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What's the link between Tall Trees and Human Rights?

29 Jul 2014: The July edition of the Edmund Rice International newsletter has some interesting stores including an urgent appeal to the Australian government on behalf of Sri Lankan asylum seekers...Read all about it!  
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Lauren and Amber on mission!

25 Jul 2014: Two young women, Lauren and Amber, are generously devoting their summer to helping with our mission in northern Ghana this year. Lauren writes; "My older sister, Dearbhla, took a trip out to Ghana a few summers ago. She enjoyed herself so much and is still telling stories about her trip! I...
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Preparing for World Day against Trafficking in Persons - 30th July

24 Jul 2014: The new edition of the Edmund Rice Justice bulletin has some stark information on the problem of human trafficking. Some 21 million people are affected including 5.5 million children. You can read also about water and sanitation challenges, climate change and progress towards the abolition of landmines. The bulletin is prepared by...
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Vacancy: Independent Chairperson, Integration & Support Unit, Waterford.

24 Jul 2014: The Integation and Support Unit at Mount Sion in Waterford is seeking a new Independent Chairperson (voluntary).  Full details here.
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Let's pray for Iraq & Gaza

21 Jul 2014: The Pope has again appealed for prayers for the situation in Gaza and for the Christian people in Mosul, Iraq. The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Baghdad has written this poignant letter to "all who have a living conscience".    
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Introducing the Catholic Catechism for Adults

14 Jul 2014:   The July 2014 Lux Edmundi reflection focuses on the recently published Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults. You can read the reflection here. Learn more about Lux Edmundi here.
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"Our young people need decent work..."

27 Jun 2014: How can we find decent work for our young people? Take a look at the June edition of the Edmund Rice International (ERI) e-letter for news from a special conference which discussed the challenges involved. Also, did you know that there are now more refugees in the world than at any...
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Vocation discernment in Toronto!

26 Jun 2014: The Our Lady of the Americas Province Leadership Team held a gathering at our Parkdale community in Toronto recently. Br Francis Schafer (Parkdale community) was joined by Br James Needham (San Antonio) and Br Robert Fanovich (Grenada) for the three day meeting to discuss future planning for the Province.  The Parkdale community...
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Annual CLEO Reunion takes place in Cork

26 Jun 2014: The annual CLEO (Christian Leadership in Education Office) reunion has taken place in Cork (Wednesday 18th June). This year's guest lecturer was Elaine Mahon, Editor-in-chief for Religious Education at Veritas, who spoke on the theme of "Religious Education in Irish Catholic Schools: Challenges and Opportunities". Elaine worked previously as the...
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Lux Edmundi Reflection for June 2014

26 Jun 2014:   The June 2014 reflection for the Lux Edmundi group has been published. You can read it here. (pdf)
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World Refugee Day marked in Waterford

24 Jun 2014: The Integration & Support Unit (ISU) at Mount Sion in Waterford marked World Refugee Day on June 20th with a special presentation at Ardkeen Library in which refugees told their own stories. There was also a display highlighting services available to refugees. "The goal of the presentation was to raise people's...
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Brothers welcome Missionaries of Charity in Toronto

23 Jun 2014: Our Brothers at the Parkdale community in Toronto received a visit from the Missionaries of Charity recently. The Brothers have been working with the Sisters on their Wednesday night food runs each week in the city. The food run seeks out and offers a hot meal to the homeless on the...
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God and the World Cup

20 Jun 2014: Video: Pope Francis, soccer and God! With the World Cup in full swing in Brazil here's a look at the role faith plays in the lives of some of the world's top footballers... Extracts taken from Fussball Bibel by David Kadel, translated by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt. David Luiz I want to inspire others. That’s what...
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PresLink supports missions in Ghana and Nigeria

18 Jun 2014: Evan and Darragh from PresLink's 4th Year Committee describe a fantastic year's work... The last year was a fantastic one for PresLink. We fundraised extensively for the many Presentation Brothers projects abroad. We began with over 30 members, separated into two committees, one dealing with the Senior-cycle students and the other...
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World Refugee Day - 20th June

17 Jun 2014: "A new refugee or internally displaced person is created every 4 seconds..." As World Refugee Day approaches the Edmund Rice Justice bulletin takes a look at the tragic increase in the numbers of refugees around the globe...Have a read here
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Brothers in Toronto host Faith Connection BBQ

17 Jun 2014: The Presentation Brothers at the Parkdale Community in Toronto welcome over 45 young adults to their house recently for the annual Faith Connections BBQ. Many of these young people also come to the Brothers' regular Taizé prayer evenings. Faith Connections was established in 2005 by the Sisters of St Joseph...
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"Rice, Rice, baby!"

12 Jun 2014: The annual Edmund Rice Awards ceremony took place at 'The Mon' National School in Killarney today (Thursday 12th June 2014). Pupils from Scoil Muire na Mainistreach, Killarney; Nagle-Rice N.S. in Miltown, Co. Kerry and St Brendan's N.S. in Birr, Co. Offaly gave presentations on their project work from the past several...
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Reflection on the Holy Name of Jesus

10 Jun 2014: This month's Lux Edmundi reflection is on the Holy Name of Jesus. Read it here (pdf). This year, 2014, is a special year of reflection on the Holy Name in Ireland. You can read more about the devotion on www.holyname.ie
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'The Mon' wins Colm Cooper tournament in Killarney

06 Jun 2014: Presentation Monastery National School ("The Mon") has won the Colm Cooper-Presentation Monastery Tournament today in Killarney. They defeated Bunscoil Chríost Rí from Turner's Cross in Cork on a scoreline of 3-4 to 2-1. The competition took place at the Dr Crokes pitch in Killarney and the bad weather was no deterrent for...
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Holy Land appeal

06 Jun 2014: Pope Francis has asked for prayers this weekend as he meets Shimon Peres, President of Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine for a prayer meeting in the Vatican. The prayer meeting will take place on Sunday 8th June in the Vatican Gardens.  The leaders will pray together for peace and...
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World Environment Day 2014

03 Jun 2014: A prayer resource has been prepared for this Thursday's World Environment Day. View it here (pdf) Read all about the event on the UN's offical website for the initiative.
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Br Martin calls for prayers for Nigeria

29 May 2014: Our Congregation Leader, Brother Martin Kenneally, has written to each Brothers' community and to the wider Presentation Family, asking for our prayers for the situation in Nigeria. He has prepared this prayer service (pdf) which may be used as Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer or as part of a Holy Hour. You can read...
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Br Joseph returns to Ghana to prepare for Final Vows

28 May 2014: Brother Joseph Mukasa of the Glasthule community in Dublin returns to Ghana this week to prepare for his Final Profession as a Presentation Brother in August. Brother Joseph has just completed his degree course in theology and psychology at All Hallows College in Dublin. He is due to make final vows...
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Rome Youth Pilgrimage - Update

27 May 2014: All places for this October's Rome Youth Pilgrimage have been filled and there is a waiting list in place! "We have students from several schools in Cork," says Br Martin, who is organising the trip. "A number of students from Coláiste Chríost Rí, Cork; Presentation Brothers College, Cork; Coláiste an Spioraid...
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Fr Gabriel visits Brothers in Toronto

26 May 2014: Fr Gabriel Atidoo, Vicar General of the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga, spent a few days with the Brothers in Toronto recently. Fr Gabriel was a classmate of our West Africa Province leader, Br. Francis Agoah. He was also a student at Notre Dame Seminary in Navrongo where Br. Denis Claivaz served...
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Pope Francis in the Holy Land

26 May 2014: The Holy Father embraces a Jew and a Muslim at the Western Wall. You can watch each of the Pope's public events on the Vatican Channel on YouTube. You can read the homilies and speeches of the Holy Father here. (Vatican website) EWTN also has a special website with plenty of content.
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Soul Food vocation discernment evening

23 May 2014: The Brothers in Dublin are holding another 'Soul Food' evening of prayer and reflection for men interested in a religious vocation. 6.30pm Friday 23rd May 2014 Presentation Brothers, Glasthule, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin "Our last session was very productive," according to Brother Anthony. "We read a very good article on discernment and we...
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Human Rights: "It is important not to give up hope..."

23 May 2014: The May edition of the Edmund Rice International (ERI) e-letter is out now! You can read the e-letter in full here. Read about: concerns for the welfare of children detained in Nauru, a farewell to ERI interns Ben and Madelaine, a tribute to the late Brother Paul McNiven whose work in Dominica...
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Two men enter Novitiate in Ireland

22 May 2014: Click on photos to enlarge and view in slideshow Two young men have been received into the postulancy programme at our International Novitiate in Killarney! We warmly welcome Colins Thirugnanaseelan (24) and Duglus M. William J.M. (22) who both come from Sri Lanka. Postulancy is the first stage of their formation with...
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Lord Mayor of Cork visits SHARE

22 May 2014: Click on photos to enlarge & view in slideshow The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Catherine Clancy, paid a courtesy visit to Mount St Joseph in Cork this week. She was greeted on her arrival by students from the SHARE executive and Brother Martin Kenneally, the Congregation Leader. After signing the visitors'...
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"They spoke to us from the heart"

19 May 2014: click on photos to enlarge Our Congregation Leader, Br Martin Kenneally, and team member, Br Walter Hurley, are currently visiting Grenada in the West Indies. The visit has included a meeting with the vibrant Presentation Associates group. The gathering was attended by a large number of Associates, particularly of the younger...
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"A dream comes true..."

16 May 2014: Following the Lord's call to be a religious brother can be a long road with many twists and turns... Read Brother Emmanuel's interesting vocation story in the Join Us section of our website!
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Students sit exams in Tafawa Balewa

14 May 2014: Brother McSimon Azenda, one of three Presentation Brothers at Presentation Secondary School in Tafawa Balewa in Nigeria has sent us these photographs of students sitting their exams on Monday morning. The students are doing their Junior Secondary Certificate examinations this week. The exams are taking place in the multi-purpose hall which...
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National Board Safeguarding Review

12 May 2014: (pdf) Review of Safeguarding Practice in the Presentation Brothers Anglo-Irish Province undertaken by The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI). Media enquiries: Mr Robin O'Sullivan 087-2572607. Statement of Brother Andrew Hickey, Province Leader of Presentation Brothers in Ireland: (pdf version here) "Last year I invited the National...
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Terror alert at Presentation school in Nigeria

11 May 2014: Let us keep our Brothers and the entire school community in Bauchi State, Nigeria in our prayers. Brother Bernard is the school principal at Presentation Brothers Secondary School in Tafawa Balewa. He sent us this message: "We have all joined the "Bring Back our Girls" campaign and we pray for their...
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"There are other young people just as interested in this stuff..."

09 May 2014: Ben Woodman & Jason Ballard, the Canadian creators and presenters of the Alpha faith formation film series, met with students at a special gathering at Coláiste Chríost Rí this week. Youth Alpha has been running at the school and students who are hoping to experience next year also attended the...
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"A man for others..."

09 May 2014: Click on photos to enlarge and view in slideshow Br. Lawrence Maher has been inducted into the Order of St. Jean De Brebeuf during a ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Brebeuf College School. The Order was  named after the Patron of the school and is the highest honor that...
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Brebeuf College in Toronto celebrates 50 years

30 Apr 2014: Brebeuf College School in Toronto is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend with a series of special ceremonies. Messages of congratulations have been pouring in including greetings from Canadian Prime Minister, Mr Stephen Harper and the Archbishop of Toronto, Cardinal Thomas Collins. Take a look at the letters in the special commemorative...
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Introducing Brion O'Sullivan...

30 Apr 2014: Brion O'Sullivan from Cork is currently working as a student volunteer with the Brothers in Ghana.... My name is Brion O' Sullivan and I am currently in the third year of a BSc in International Development and Food Policy at University College Cork. The course requires me to go on a...
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"Live your religious life with authenticity"

28 Apr 2014: Click on each photo to enlarge... Our West Africa Province which covers Ghana and Nigeria held its 3rd General Assembly of Brothers at Mt St Joseph, Logre in the Upper East Region last weekend (26th April 2014). 32 Brothers attended representing all 9 of our communities. The Province Leader, Br Francis Agoah,...
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'Soul Food' Vocations Evening, Dublin

23 Apr 2014: "To be saints is not a privilege for the few but a vocation for everyone" - Pope Francis, Twitter. Soul Food is an opportunity for men interested in religious life to come together for some prayer, a short talk, some discussion and some food! The goal is to provide a prayerful and...
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Discounted student rate for Rome pilgrimage announced

22 Apr 2014: A new student rate of €400 has been announced for October's special Youth Pilgrimage to Rome! The pilgrimage includes an audience with Pope Francis, a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel, a visit to the Colosseum and several other famous Roman landmarks. Get all the details here
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Canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

21 Apr 2014: This Sunday, 27th April, the Holy Father will canonise two of his predecessors: Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II. Members of the Presentation Family will be in St Peter's Square to witness this historic event. It was Pope John Paul who beatified our founder, Blessed Edmund Rice, in 1996. You can...
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'Prevention is better than cure...'

19 Apr 2014: Brother Joe Gilleece, a Presentation Brother missionary in Ghana, has sent us this account of how the Brothers in Bolgatanga are offering some hope to young people this Easter. "One of the serious problems in Bolgatanga in northern Ghana is alcoholism. One parish priest told me that in the last year 12...
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SHARE students on Holy Week retreat

19 Apr 2014: Brother Martin Kenneally and Ms Treise O'Callaghan, Youth Ministry Coordinator, led a special retreat on Holy Monday for students involved in SHARE. The retreat took place at Mardyke House and was attended by over 20 teenagers. Take a look at some photos from the gathering in the Gallery above...
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"All will be well..."

17 Apr 2014: Take a look at Lux Edmundi's reflection for Easter 2014... Learn more about Lux Edmundi here...
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"We are all connected..."

15 Apr 2014: Katie Krommenhoek is a Volunteer Coordinator and Fundraising Intern at the Integration and Support Unit at Mount Sion in Waterford. Here she reflects on her experience to date... Before I began my position as a Volunteer Coordinator and Fundraising intern with the Integration and Support Unit, I thought I had...
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World Champion returns to Coláiste Chríost Rí

11 Apr 2014: Rob Heffernan has been honoured at his old school, Coláiste Chríost Rí, in Cork city. Rob was welcomed by Principal, Mr Seán Culhane, and presented with a framed singlet in the Críost Rí colours with his initials, 'R.H.' and with the words, 'Curadh an Domhain', meaning 'World Champion'. Rob won the...
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Críost Rí students host Cork leg of Cycle Against Suicide

09 Apr 2014: Student leaders and their teachers at Coláiste Chríost Rí in Cork are putting the final preparations to their plans in advance of the Cycle Against Suicide, which will depart from their school on Thursday May 1st.  The school will host over 400 cyclists who are expected to cycle the Cork...
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Where will your Easter egg come from...?

09 Apr 2014: It won't be long until we will be enjoying our Easter eggs but as Brother Brian Bond points out in the new edition of the Edmund Rice Justice Bulletin, we need to be aware of where that chocolate came from...Take a look at the bulletin here.
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Report on Climate Change

09 Apr 2014: Take a look at some resources from Edmund Rice Justice about the startling Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report published recently.
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Lux Edmundi reflection on the Annunciation

03 Apr 2014: Take a look at the Lux Edmundi reflection (pdf) on the Annunciation.
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"I'll be back" Nuncio tells Chríost Rí students

31 Mar 2014: Brother Patrick, Chaplain at Coláiste Chríost Rí reports on a momentous day for the school and for one group of students in particular... "When the present Transition Year students at Coláiste Chríost Rí decided to travel to Ghana on an  Immersion Trip they could hardly have believed the events that would...
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Pres Bray students raise €2,300 for Trócaire

31 Mar 2014: Well done to the First Year Students at Presentation College, Bray who have presented a cheque for €2,300 to Trócaire. The students obtained sponsorship for their Lenten fast. School chaplain, Brother Ray, congratulated the students; "It's very impressive that these students chose to make such an effort to raise money for those...
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Congratulations to Christian Brothers

25 Mar 2014: We extend our congratulations to the Christian Brothers who have just elected a new Congregation Leadership Team at their chapter in Kenya. Read all about the Brothers' Chapter on this special webpage
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Edmund Rice International - March newsletter out now

24 Mar 2014: Take a look at the March 2014 Edmund Rice International (ERI) newsletter which contains news about: demands to close the Manus Island detention centre in Australia, concerns about the rate of youth suicide in India, human rights in Sierra Leone, and a new ERI Social Justice and Advocacy Desk in...
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Advocacy Day for Schools takes place in Waterford

24 Mar 2014: Brother Kevin Mascarenhas, the Director of the Integration and Support Unit (ISU) for immigrants at Mount Sion in Waterford writes about the Schools Advocacy programme which took place recently. “Priority 10 in the Presentation Brothers Strategy for the Anglo-Irish Province is Advocacy. I took some Advocacy training at Edmund Rice International (ERI)...
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Hip Hop with the Brothers in West Indies!

14 Mar 2014: Click on photos to enlarge Brother Robert Fanovich, our vocations director in the West Indies, found an unusual way of linking young people with the Gospel when he organised a Gospel Hip Hop/breakdancing competition in Grenada recently.  "Four schools took part in the contest," he explains. "The participating schools each chose a...
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Brothers welcome university students in Toronto

13 Mar 2014: Our Brothers in the Parkdale Community in Toronto recently welcomed 6 university students who were attending a gathering of students from all over Canada in preparation for a national retreat. Lori Neale, National Coordinator of the Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry & Canadian Catholic Students’ Association, in Toronto coordinated the visit. "It was...
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Brother Bede photographs Pope Francis in Rome!

13 Mar 2014: Brother Bede has just returned from Rome where he was able to attend a General Audience with Pope Francis. Brother Bede is an enthusiastic photographer and he was able to get close enough to the Holy Father to take some great photos. Take a look...
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'Figuring out Francis' with the Presentation Brothers in Dublin

10 Mar 2014: Mondays at the Monastery is back! Our Mondays at the Monastery series takes place at our house in Dublin. Google Map here. Two dates have been announced for Lent 2014 with the theme, "Figuring Out Francis". Part I: 7.30pm, Monday 31st March 2014: "Who was St Francis?"The enduring popularity of St...
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Brother Paul McNiven (1934-2014) remembered

07 Mar 2014: Brother Paul McNiven, who died recently, was a Christian Brother who had lived with our Brothers in Grenada.  Presentation Associate, Beverley Steele from Grenada, remembers her friend - the late Brother Paul... "Br. Paul McNiven (1934-2014) was a member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers.  After a full ministry in Canada, where...
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'Movies with Meaning' this Lent in Cork

05 Mar 2014: Our Youth Ministry office in Cork city is hosting three evenings this Lent for a "Movie with Meaning". Each session involves screening a movie and reflecting on the deeper themes and meanings involved. Thursdays, 4.30pm - 7pm @ Presentation Brothers, Mardyke House, Mardyke, Cork city. March 6th, March 20th, April 3rd 2014 The...
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Lux Edmundi Reflection for Lent 2014

03 Mar 2014: Dr Frank Steele has published the monthly Lux Edmundi reflection in preparation for Lent. Read it here. For information about the monthly Lux Edmundi meeting, please contact Frank at luxedmundi@gmail.com
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Christian Brothers Chapter taking place in Kenya

03 Mar 2014: The Congregation of Christian Brothers is meeting in Chapter from March 3rd to March 31st in Nairobi, Kenya. You can follow daily reports from the Christian Brothers' Chapter here   A Congregation Chapter takes place every six years. Delegates are elected from across the Congregation to attend. Brother Rupert O'Sullivan (Deputy Congregation Leader...
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Prayers for Nigeria

27 Feb 2014: Our Brothers in Nigeria have asked us for our prayers. There has been an upturn in violence by Boko Haram in recent weeks. We have seven Presentation Brothers living in two communities in Nigeria. The Brothers' communities are in Bauchi State and Benue State. As many as 59 people were murdered in...
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February edition of ERI newsletter out now!

24 Feb 2014: The February 2014 edition of the Edmund Rice International (ERI) newsletter is now available It contains plenty of developments from ERI including news of new interns at the Geneva office. You can also read about New Zealand's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at which concerns were raised about the rate of Maori...
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Brothers attend Consistory in Rome

22 Feb 2014: Brother Barry, Brother Donatus and Brother De Lellis are in St Peter's Basilica in Rome this morning to support Archbishop Kelvin Felix (Archbishop Emeritus of Castries in St Lucia (West Indies)) as he is made a cardinal by Pope Francis. You can watch the Consistory live from 10am (GMT) on Saturday...
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Alpha Course, Glasthule, Dublin

21 Feb 2014: Following a successful run last autumn, the Presentation Brothers at Glasthule (near Dun Laoghaire) in Dublin, will host the popular Alpha Course beginning on Tuesday 6th May at 7.30pm. For further details contact Brother Andrew at andrewhickey@PresentationBrothers.org Take a look at this 90 second video which briefly explains what the Alpha course...
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Expansion at Brothers' school in Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria

20 Feb 2014: (click on photos to enlarge and view as a slideshow) The Bishop of Bauchi, Most Rev. Malachy John Goltok, has blessed a new multipurpose hall and 3-classroom block at Presentation Brothers’ Secondary School in Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria. The new facility has been provided by the Presentation Brothers with funding assistance from...
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Brothers in San Antonio welcome Archbishop Gustavo

19 Feb 2014: (Left to right) Brother James, Brother Francis, Archbishop Gustavo, Brother Raphael and Brother Mike. Our Brothers in San Antonio, Texas, had a visit this week from Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, the Archbishop of San Antonio. The Brothers in San Antonio are involved in pastoral work locally. Brother James is co-director of the Presentation...
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