Monasteries of Great Britain and Ireland – Presentation Brothers


Educational. Under Simple Vows. Founded Early in the Nineteenth Century.

The Presentation Brothers, or the Brothers of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, were founded early in the nineteenth century by Edmund Rice, for the education of boys of all classes, but principally of the poor. The Institute sprang up at an epoch in the ecclesiastical history of Ireland which is second only in importance to the conversion of the country by Saint Patrick. Irish Catholics were, after 300 years of persecution, just coming forward to take their part in the religious and secular affairs of their country, and one of the most important developments of the period was the founding of various Institutes of both men and women for the sanctification of the members and for works of mercy of every kind.

Foremost among all the needs of the hour was the education, on Catholic principles, of the people, and for this object the Presentation Brothers were founded. The Institute embraces the education of boys of all classes; it has colleges for the sons of professional men, parochial schools for the artisans’ children, and orphanages and industrial schools for orphans and waifs and strays, all of which establishments are conducted by its members.

The Holy See has on several occasions notified its approval of the work of the Institute, and his present Holiness Leo XIII, in 1889, and again in 1899, granted rescripts of approbation and confirmation.

At present the Institute has houses in every province of Ireland, and the Brothers also conduct three large institutions in England. The demand for branch houses at home and abroad has induced the Superiors to build a large novitiate and training college for young men anxious to devote themselves to the work of education; this is situated on a picturesque spot called Mount Saint Joseph, in Cork, and is the residence of the Superior-General and his assistants.

The dress is a black habit and scapular, with a capuce, a girdle, and beads. A white mantle and capuce are worn at certain ceremonies.

MLA Citation

  • Francesca M Steele. “The Presentation Brothers”. Monasteries of Great Britain and Ireland, 1903. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 November 2018. Web. 14 April 2021. <>