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5th MAY 2023 - THE FEAST DAY OF BLESSED EDMUND RICE

A successful Irish business man leading a happy married life suddenly has a traumatic experience, an accident in which his pregnant wife dies soon after delivering a fragile and handicapped child. His life was at crossroads. Following his wife's death, he began discerning a vocation to join a monastery, perhaps in France. One day, while discussing his vocation, the Bishop of Waterford drew Edmund's attention, to the bands of ragged, youth in the streets, asking Edmund if he, too, planned to abandon them, to spend his life in a cell in Europe. In response to the Bishop's request, he sold his business, arranged for his daughter's care, and started a life of dedication for the education of youth. He is Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice.

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