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Edmund Ignatius Rice

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Edmund Ignatius Rice

Edmund Ignatius Rice (Irish: [Éamann] Iognáid Rís; 1 June 1762 – 29 August 1844), was a Roman Catholic missionary and educator. Rice was the founder of two religious institutes of monks. In 1808 Rice and several friends took religious vows and became the Presentation Brothers.[1] In 1822, as Brother Ignatius, he was elected Superior general of the Irish Christian Brothers.[2]

In 1779 he became his uncle's apprentice in a merchant business. Rice inherited the business about 1790 after his uncle died.[3] He became a successful businessman. After his wife died he dedicated his life and wealth to helping the poor.[4]

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  1. Revolt to Revolution: Studies in the 19th and 20th Century European Experience, ed. Michael Elliott-Bateman (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1974), p. 223
  2. Martin Wallace, 100 Irish Lives (London: David & Charles; Totowa, NJ: Barnes & Noble, 1983), p. 65
  3. The Dictionary of National Biography, eds. Leslie Stephen; Sidney Lee, Vol. XLVII (New York: Macmillan; London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1896), p. 101
  4. Liam Lawton, Song of My People (Dublin: Veritas, 2002), p. 39