The Life of Blessed Edmund Rice
The sections below give a flavour of the life and work of Edmund Rice. Thanks to Brother Colm Griffey for permission to use this illustrated account.
Edmund Rice was born into a farming family, under the shadow of the Penal laws, on June 1 1762, at Westcourt, County Kilkenny, Ireland. He attended the commercial academy in Kilkenny for about two years after secretly receiving his elementary education at the local 'hedge school' in Callan.
In 1779 Edmund was apprenticed to his uncle, Michael Rice in Waterford city. The business involved supplying all the needs of ships that plied their trade across the Atlantic between Europe and the eastern coast of North America. By his late twenties, through his entrepreneurial skills, he had earned enough money to make himself and his family comfortable for life.