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Edmund Rice - EREA

St Brendan’s College operates under the auspices of Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA), the body of schools offering a Catholic education in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice. 

Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice was a Roman Catholic missionary and educationalist born in Ireland in 1789. Edmund was the founder of two religious institutes of religious brothers: the Congregation of Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers.

Established by the Christian Brothers in 2007, EREA now has full responsibility for the schools operated by the Brothers at that time. There are more than 50 schools with more than 35,000 students through all states and territories of Australia now operating under the EREA. As part of their mission within the Church and shaped by the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice, schools offer an education guided by the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition.

EREA schools aspire to be faithful to the four Charter touchstones: Liberating Education, Gospel Spirituality, Inclusive Community; Justice and Solidarity.

EREA has its own canonical and civil identity but remains closely connected to the Christian Brothers and their ongoing ministry. Schools operate in dioceses with the mandate of the local Bishop.

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