EREA schools strive to offer a liberating education, based on a gospel spirituality, within an inclusive community committed to justice and solidarity.
Established by the Christian Brothers in 2007, EREA now governs the schools owned by the Brothers at that time. With the addition of schools established since 2007 there are 48 schools in 2014 enrolling over 35,000 students, through all states and territories of Australia. As part of their mission within the Church and inspired by the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice, schools offer an education guided by the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition.
EREA has its own canonical and civil identity but remains closely connected to the Christian Brothers and their ongoing ministry. Schools operate in dioceses with the mandate of the Bishop of the diocese and work closely with local Diocesan education authorities.
The opportunity for Edmund Rice Education Australia is to reinforce the distinctive values of Edmund Rice Education through a national and unified network of Australian schools and educational entities.
The following key documents underpin Edmund Rice Education Australia’s ministry as Church mission:
For Schools Ministry as Church Mission as Applied to Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition
A Proclamation of an Authentic Expression of Edmund Rice Education as applied to Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition
The role of Edmund Rice Education Australia – its Purpose, Vision and Strategic Intent
Read the EREA Charter | PDF