Blessed Edmund Rice

Also known as

  • 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.






Trusting in God’s help, I hope to be able to educate these boys to be good Catholics and good citizens. Blessed Edmund

Here we have an outstanding model of a true lay apostle. Pope John Paul II

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Edmund Rice“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 June 2015. Web. 7 October 2015. <>