The Ruben Centre’s leadership team gathered together to reflect in prayer on the Feast Day of Blessed Edmund and more so to commemorate the charisma of Edmund Rice. May 5 is the feast of Blessed Edmund Rice, an Irish businessman who was so moved by the plight of children in the port city where he worked that he founded schools and eventually a religious order – currently known as Christian Brothers- to serve them.
The session was presided over by Br. Frank who led the team in to prayer and a reflection in to our work at Ruben Centre and how that relates to the spirit of Edmund Rice. He also took the team through the Strategic Development Framework of Edmund Rice Mission to 2020 that focuses on the liberation of people and communities through compassionate presence, community engagement, collaboration, prayerful reflection, celebration and mutual transformation. Edmund Rice Mission also seeks to promote human rights and fullness of life for all especially those made poor by unjust social, political and economic systems.
This Strategic Framework is largely inspired by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and Christian Brothers ‘Our Way Into The Future’ (OWITF) document. The Brothers’ OWITF focuses on four strategic priorities that aim to build the capacity of people and communities through compassionate presence, community engagement, education and advocacy.
The team was further divided in to smaller groups to elaborate and correlate the activities of Ruben Centre with the overall goals of the Brothers, which are inspired by the charisma of Blessed Edmund Rice. The groups were ecstatic about the task and the discussions brought about fullness of life and excitement as each group presented their viewpoints on how the Centre has kept the spirit of Edmund Rice alive. Practical examples of how the Centre exhibits presence, compassion and liberation were brought forth. For example how the Centre liberates the people of Mukuru community through education, economic empowerment programs and advocacy. Compassion was displayed by how the Centre goes out of the way to reach to the needy especially the feeding programme for the children, free medical care to those who cannot afford our subsidized medical services and being a church for the poor.
To crown the celebration of The Feast of Edmund Rice we shared a cake and toasted a glass of wine to the good work of Ruben Centre and the zeal of the leadership team to follow the path of Edmund.