Campus Ministry

Edmund Rice Society

The Blessed Edmund Rice Society is an opportunity for students to exercise leadership in service
O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.

Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Blessed Edmund Rice, pray for us.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts forever!

The Palma School Blessed Edmund Rice Society dedicates itself to embodying this prayer. Every year, students travel to Tijuana, Mexico to build homes and work with our brothers and sisters just across the border. Students build together by day and pray and reflect together at night. The experience takes place over Easter Break and is a high point of service for the many students and parents involved.  

In addition to building homes, the Blessed Edmund Rice Society serves in countless other capacities. Every week students tutor and mentor youth at the Center for Life in East Salinas. This Center is a safe haven for children in a gang-stressed neighborhood. During Christmas Break, students work at Casa de la Cultura, an annual food and gift giveaway serving hundreds of families in Pajaro, California. The Blessed Edmund Rice Society delivers food, packages it up, and carries it to people’s cars and often directly into their homes.  
 
The Blessed Edmund Rice Society works with inmates at the Soledad Prison and the homeless on Soledad Street as well. Students do beach clean-ups, recycle goods on campus, and donate blood. Every school year presents a myriad of opportunities for advocacy, courage and compassion in action. In recent years many members of the Blessed Edmund Rice Society have participated in an immersion experience in Lima, Peru. Students build homes, visit orphanages, and work with the poor. Additionally, students fly high in the Andes, climb to Machu Picchu, and even Huaynapicchu, for a bird’s eye view of the Incan ruins below.
 
One morning a week, the Blessed Edmund Society participates in Palma School’s daily 7:30 Mass. Students from the Society participate as greeters, lectors, and altar servers.
Edmund Rice was born on June 1, 1762 and died on August 29, 1844. On October 6, 1996 he was beatified in Rome by Pope John Paul II. His is a legacy of love and service starting from humble origins. His first school was in a stable in Waterford, Ireland. The Blessed Edmund Rice Christian Brothers are now an international presence of schools and missions on every continent with representation at the United Nations in Geneva and New York.
“Were we to know the merit and value of only going from one street to another to serve a neighbor for the love of God, we should prize it more than silver and gold.” Blessed Edmund Rice
Palma is a private, college-preparatory school for boys in grades 7 through 12 owned and operated by the Christian Brothers Institute of California. Palma School is dedicated to providing young men an excellent education in a Roman Catholic environment that embraces the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education and challenges each individual to develop spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, and socially.