Blessed Edmund Rice

In 1802, Edmund Rice commenced his first school for boys in Waterford, Ireland.

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and Blessed Edmund Rice
'The Vision' painted by a Brisbane artist, Jan Williamson. A young Mary and Julian.

Joined by men who became known as the Christian Brothers, Edmund extended his mission of providing education to poor youth throughout Ireland and beyond. From 1868, beginning under the inspirational leadership of Brother Ambrose Treacy, schools and orphanages were established throughout Australia and New Zealand. The Gospel-centred charism of Blessed Edmund has continued to inspire Christian Brothers and members of the Edmund Rice Network in their ministry.

The founding of MacKillop Catholic College has been supported by the Christian Brothers who provided the first Principal and Deputy Principal. Because of the generosity and commitment of the Brothers, the tradition of honouring their founder, Blessed Edmund Rice, has developed at the College. Edmund Rice and the religious order of Christian Brothers which he founded have established Catholic schools in 63 countries throughout the world.