- Ignatius Rice
- Edmund Ignatius Rice
The fourth of seven sons born to pious farm family during a time of oppression of Irish Catholics by the English. He became wealthy working with his uncle’s shipping business. He married Mary Elliott in 1787, was the father of one daughter, and became a widower in 1789. In his search for meaning after this loss he began working with poor, uneducated boys. Founder of the Congregation of Christian Brothers and the Congregation of Brothers of the Presentation (Irish Christian Brothers) in Waterford, Ireland in 1802. The Brothers continue their work today in England, Ireland and Australia, and are well-represented online.
- “Blessed Edmund Rice“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 June 2015. Web. 5 February 2016. <>