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I belong to a religious teaching Brotherhood founded in 1802 by Blessed Edmund Rice of Waterford. Those of us in Europe, USA, and Australia are now getting on in years. But we have created a global network of young people who, also inspired by Edmund Rice, carry on his vision in a modern global way.

They commit themselves to Social Justice, Advocacy and Volunteerism, especially in Africa and India. Some of the groups have a strong spiritual growth focus while others are more committed to works of social justice.

In June the Justice Desk was awarded The Queen's Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace for their work in Human Rights across South Central Africa. It was received on behalf of the group by Jessica Dewhurst.

The Desk coordinates Social Justice Programmes, Eco Justice Presentations, Eco-Retreats, Skills Courses for vulnerable young adults, as well as volunteer projects such as The Umoya Project in Khayelitsha.

The Desk also advocates on behalf of local and international groups that suffer infringements on their Human Rights.

We wish them well in their endeavours for justice across the world.


What a good legacy to remember the Blessed Edmund Rice.
The world can certainly use more social justice.