Edmund Rice had an intimate experience of God, and he founded the Congregation of Christian Brothers. This group of Brothers had to give expression to the experience Edmund had. Edmund was a very practical man. His heart went out to the unruly children he saw around him.
He was convinced that Education was the means to liberate them from that dire situation. So, Edmund and his followers set up schools and started educating these children with the sole aim of liberating them. Liberation was essential for the people to become independent in their thinking, in developing skills and becoming self-sufficient.
Liberation is the hallmark of the Christian Brothers education.