On 15 August 1808, Edmund Rice and eight companions proclaimed their Vows as Brothers of the Society of the Presentation. It was the culmination of much reflection, prayer and experience of life for Edmund, leading him to formalise his living as a Brother and a member of a religious congregation.
While it was an end of a long journey for Edmund to religious life, it was also the start of something more. His Vows were an expression of what was deepest in his heart and mind about how he was called to live in relationship with God and with people. - Br Peter Dowling, Edmund Rice Oceania