Edmund Rice Development Menu

Committed to impacting positively on the lives of people made poor

News and Events from the Edmund Rice Network

Posted on 02 November 2021

Dóchas Membership
We are delighted in ERD that our application to become members of Dóchas was successful earlier this year. Dóchas is the Irish association for international development organisations and is a leading voice for organisations that want Ireland to be a world leader in efforts to bring about global justice (www.dochas.ie). We are already benefiting from cooperating with other member organisations and look forward to continuing to do so in 2022.


Edmund Rice Mission Conversations
Earlier this year, a journey began across Edmund Rice Network to explore pathways for collaboration. At the end of 2020, the Congregation Leadership Team (CLT) and Province Leaders of the Christian Brothers discussed the renewal of the Strategic Development Framework of Edmund Rice Mission to 2020, which was developed by a broad group of stakeholders in 2015. As the current framework comes to an end, the CLT considered how it might be reviewed and made more inclusive through broad conversations among those currently involved in Edmund Rice activities around the world. To get this process moving, the CLT established a small working party, which included ERD’s Fiona Dowling, Br. John Casey, CLT member, Wayne Tinsey from Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders and Bren Arkinsall from Edmund Rice Foundation Australia (ERFA). 

Fiona Dowling has represented ERD with her participation in a series of international Zoom calls in October and November, gathering Edmund Rice people from around the world to get to know each other a bit better, to get a better sense of who each one is and what reality they are coming from in their part of the world, and to discuss key issues. In October, the Zoom conversation was around issues to do with identity, tradition, core values, within the Edmund Rice network. In November the groups have looked to the future in terms of possibilities for sustainability, structures, and collaboration. These Zoom conversations follow an online survey carried out earlier in the year to which about 250 people responded with suggestions for how to proceed. We look forward to continued participation and to the ideas that emerge from the conversations.