21 September 2012

150 years of Christian Brothers education in Nenagh

This evening, in St Mary of the Rosary church, a special celebration Mass will be held to mark the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Christian Brothers in Nenagh. This Mass will recognise the distinguished service of the Christian Brothers to Nenagh life for the last century and a half, in the spirit of Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice.
The secondary school choir will sing the hymns, with the music specially composed for the occasion. A small section of our own school will also perform in the choir. A parade will take place at 7 pm, from the school grounds in Summerhill towards St Mary's. Again, some of our own school will take part in this event.
All of our pupils did artwork today to mark this historical occasion.


 Here is a selection of various logos and symbols that are synonymous with Brother Rice and the Congregation of the Christian Brothers. (Click to enlarge)
Why not take a look at other relevant sections of this site that have to do with the Christian Brothers.
ERST gives information about many of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust schools around the country.
History shows a digital copy of the Nenagh Guardian on the day that our present school building was opened.

These websites also have loads more information for anybody who is interested.

It was also discovered today that the school motto 'Facere et Docere' (which is the Latin for 'To Do And To Teach') is actually the motto for the entire Congregation of Christian Brothers. 
Boys also discovered that the AΩ on their school uniforms and on the school crest are actually the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, Alpha and Omega. These symbols can also mean 'the beginning and the end'. They are also to be seen on the Paschal candle at Mass.