About CBHS Lewisham
The Edmund Rice Tradition
Edmund Ignatius Rice was born in 1762 in Ireland, receiving a good education. He created a successful business in the city of Waterford, supplying ships for long journeys. At the age of 23 he married Mary and together they had a daughter. A wealthy man in 1802, Edmund was increasingly disturbed with the lot of the poor Irish Catholics. Thirteen years after his wife died, and having provided for his daughter, he sold his business and began a night school for the “Quay” kids of Waterford. Edmund’s first helpers deserted him leaving him desperate, but then two men from his native Callan joined him not only to teach but to help Edmund found a religious order to educate poor boys. By 1825, Edmund Rice and his team of thirty Christian Brothers were educating, free of charge, 5500 boys in 12 different towns and cities. Many were then clothed and fed. Currently, 1700 Christian Brothers are educators and carers of the poor in twenty-eight countries around the world.
Creed of Edmund’s People
We proclaim ...
We believe the God fire burning in our hearts can transform both ourselves and our world.
We believe we are called by God to a deep personal relationship with Jesus, the lover of all creation, as brother.
We believe we are called to be good news people.
We believe we are called to be stewards of creation.
We believe we are called to keep our hearts and minds open and attentive to God’s will.
We believe we are called to witness by prophetic action to our option to the poor, the oppressed, and people at the margins.
We believe we are called to immerse ourselves in the culture in which we live and work.
We believe in community which is prayerful, inclusive and welcoming.
We believe our international brotherhood and sisterhood is a witness to a search for global unity.
We believe it is in facing our own fragility that we can accompany others in theirs.
We believe that by sharing Eucharist and reconciliation that we are drawn beyond ourselves to the mystery of God.
We believe others share the charism of Edmund, and are one with us in living it out.
We hear the call to live justly, love tenderly and to walk humbly with our God.