Edmund Rice Pilgrimage to Ireland and Geneva

(Walking in the Footsteps of Edmund Past & Present) 
Collaboration between Oceania Province and Edmund Rice Education Australia

Date: Sunday September 18 to Saturday October 1, 2016

Moving from the present to the past, this pilgrimage engages the participants in a journey through story commencing at the United Nations in Geneva and concluding in Cork, Ireland. The pilgrimage is designed to deepen the participants’ understanding of and connection to the key foundational stories of the Edmund Rice community, the emerging focus on spirituality and ecology, and a rights-based approach to justice.

As pilgrims, the participants will engage with the various places, people and organisations and will be challenged to explore their inner reactions and inspirations that may emerge from these experiences.

During the pilgrimage the participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Study human rights education and advocacy, and experience the work of ERI and the United Nations in Geneva.
  • Walk the very streets that Edmund walked and visit the places of his birth, life and death in Ireland.
  • Explore Celtic spirituality and the Irish Church in the sacred landscape of Glendalough.
  • Visit the Presentation Sisters’ spirituality and ecology centre in Ballygriffin, the birth place of Nano Nagle.
  • Encounter the richness of Irish Culture and the magic of the Irish landscape.
  • Explore the stories of the Presentation Brothers (who recognise Edmund Rice as their founder), Nano Nagle and the Presentation Sisters, and Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy.

Cost: The total cost for this year is still being determined. As a guide, the cost for 2015 was $3850 for Province and EREA Schools, and $4250 for Associate schools (subject to exchange rates). We will advise once the price has been finalised. 

For more details, links to blogs from previous pilgrimages and details of the nomination process, visit PilgrimageEnquiries: Peter Hay (peter@amberley.org.au or 03 9439 8282)

At its heart, the journey of each life is a pilgrimage, through unforeseen sacred places that enlarge and enrich the soul. (John O’Donohue)


Reflection:The 2015 Pilgrimage Group at the UN in Geneva



Edmund’s Tomb in the Chapel at Mt Sion, Waterford



Glendalough monastic settlement