The founding of the Irish Christian brothers: Navigating the realities through the myths
McLaughlin, Denis. (2005) The founding of the Irish Christian brothers: Navigating the realities through the myths. Australian Ejournal of Theology. 5(August), pp. 1 - 35.
The documentation undertaken for Blessed Edmund Rice's canonisation processes indicate that his motivations in founding his religious congregation (the Irish Christian Brothers) was ignited by a Pastoral Letter of Bishop Thomas Hussey urging Catholics to combat Protestant proselytism of the poor. He is said to have responded by educating boys using a blueprint for girls pioneered by the founder of the Presentation Sisters, Nano Nagle. This "myth" was a dominant theme in pre-canonisation homilies at masses in the Vatican. This paper argues that these motivations cannot be sustained from the historical evidence.
|Journal||Australian Ejournal of Theology|
|Journal citation||5 (August), pp. 1 - 35|
|Publisher||Australian Catholic University|
|Open access||Open access|
|Page range||1 - 35|
|Research Group||School of Education|
|Place of publication||Australia|
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