Recently I visited Wuhan. Wuhan, a huge city at the confluence of the Han and Yangtze rivers, is the site of that first Christian Brothers’ connection with China. The Columban Fathers and a local diocesan group of Sisters, who were founded by Bishop Galvin, still have a presence in Wuhan.
24 March 2017 marked a very special occasion at the Mary Rice Centre. It was a day where many guests and visitors travelled from near and far to come together as one Mary Rice Community for the launching of the strategic plan for the next 5 years.
The Mary Rice Centre embraces the idea that it should grow and develop. As Br John Paul stated, "Plan to prepare or prepare to fail.” Failure is something that is foreign to the Mary Rice Centre.
Director, Br Gerald Mgalula provided a greater understanding of the beginning of Mary Rice through the Christian Brothers. He shared the story of Edmund Rice, who had a daughter with special needs, after whom the centre is named.
They engage in healthy competitions while at the same time experiencing peace, love and unity among the youths from different backgrounds. During the launch you could see the high spirits of each team and their motivation to give the match their best in order to emerge winners and take the cup home.
The finals of the tournament will be on 6 May 2017 to mark Edmund Rice Day with the winner of the tournament receiving the trophy and other gifts.
Over the weeks of the competition, our camp leaders will be offering the youths life skills training. We hope these matches create an environment that brings the young youths together to work towards the same goal irrespective of their backgrounds.