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The Congregation of Presentation Brothers is an international Catholic congregation of laymen founded in 1802 in Waterford, Ireland, by a local businessman, Edmund Ignatius Rice, now Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice.
Presentation Brothers live and work in Ireland, England, USA, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria and Grenada with about 100 Brothers throughout these countries.
The Brothers take three promises—poverty, chastity and obedience—and live together in small groups called "communities".
The motto of the congregation was adopted from that of the Jesuits: "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam" or "For the Greater Glory of God". Brothers bear the initials F.P.M. (Fratres Presentationis Mariae).
The expressed mission of the Presentation Brothers is to "form Christ in the Young" and traditionally they have worked to achieve this through education. Today Presentation Brothers work in a wider range of ministries including with the homeless, elderly, disadvantaged youth and the Roma people.
In 2007 the Presentation Brothers opened new missions in Slovakia and Nigeria and an Advocacy Office for the poor in Geneva.
In the early days, when Edmund first began to attract followers to his way of life, these formed themselves into a small group of companions. They lived together in community and began to follow an adaptation of the Presentation Sisters’ Rule. The Holy See had already approved of this Rule when Edmund and his followers began to use their adaptation of it in 1809 to guide their first faltering steps along the path of religious life.
The granting of the Apostolic Brief in 1820, allowed the infant Congregation to become an Pontifical Institute - a defining moment for all of the early brothers. The majority accepted the Brief and went on to become the Congregation of Christian Brothers. Today there are Irish Christian Brothers in 17 different countries.
A few Brothers, notably Michael Augustine Riordan, continued to live by the Presentation Rule. They continued as the Presentation Brothers and became a Pontifical Institute in 1889.
Like the Irish Christian Brothers, the Presentation Brothers have followed the missionary example of the great Irish missionaries Brendan and Colmcille, responding as they believe Edmund Rice would have, to different needs as they encounter them in different regions and different circumstances.
The main foundations have been: U.S.A. 1843; England 1876; Canada 1910; West Indies 1946; Ghana 1968; Peru 1969; Geneva 2007; Nigeria 2007; Slovakia 2007.
The congregation is divided into three Provinces: - Anglo-Irish Province (Ireland, England) - Our Lady of the Americas Province (Canada, USA,Grenada) - Ghana Province (Ghana, Nigeria)
- Presentation Brothers College, Cork, Ireland
- Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Cork, Ireland
- Presentation College, Bray, Wicklow, Ireland
- Brebeuf College School, Toronto, Canada
- Coláiste Chríost Rí, Cork, Ireland
- Coláiste Mhuire, Cobh, Ireland
- Presentation College, San Fernando, Trinidad
- Presentation College, Grenada
- Presentation College Chaguanas, Trinidad
- Presentation Secondary Miltown, Kerry, Ireland
- Scoil Chríost Rí, Cork
- Presentation College, Reading, England – now Elvian School, itself later closed (summer 2010)
- Presentation High School—Montebello, Quebec ** now the Auberge Montebello Inn
- Verdun Catholic High School — Verdun, Quebec
- Daniel O'Connell School—Montreal, Quebec
- Sacred Heart Elementary School—Prince George, British Columbia
- Presentation College - St. John, Barbados
- Michael Bond, author of Paddington Bear series (Reading)
- Joseph Boyden, author of "Three Day Road" and "Through Black Spruce" (Brebeuf)
- Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children and Leaders Today (Brebeuf)
- John McGahern, author (Presentation College Leitrim)
- Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (Pres San Fernando)
- Cillian Murphy, actor (Pres Cork)
- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, former Archbishop of Westminster and former President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales (Reading & Cork)
- Sean O'Faolain, author and Short Story writer (Pres Cork)
- Michael O'Leary, Irish Tánaiste and former leader of the Irish Labour Party (Pres Cork)
- Mike Oldfield, musician (Reading)
- Joseph Kelly, CEO and Editor, The Universe Catholic weekly (Reading)
- Basdeo Panday, former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (Pres San Fernando)
- Numerous Irish rugby players including Ronan O'Gara, Peter Stringer and Irish Coach Declan Kidney.
- Stephen Pickford, host/Executive Producer of the Travel World Radio Show (Montebello)
- Xavier Hervé, President of Mechtronix (Montebello)
- André Laurin, President of BrainBank Inc. (Montebello)