International Edmund Rice Brothers in Mount Sion
An International Community of Brothers lives in the monastery in Mount Sion. Christian Brothers John Hearne from Waterford, Peadar Gleeson from Tipperary, and Gerry Buzolic and Michael Dredge both from Australia make up the International Community at Mount Sion.
Br. John Hearne was born in Tramore, Co. Waterford and received his early education in Tramore C.B.S. He joined the Christian Brothers in 1962. John has taught in primary schools in Greystones, Ss. Peter and Paul’s, Clonmel, and Scoil Iosagain, Dublin. After studying Irish, French and Catechetics in U.C.D. he taught in secondary schools in Dun Laoghaire, Youghal and Thurles. Recently he taught in the Life Centre, Cherry Orchard. For three years John served as Vocations Director. He has also been involved in Boards of Management at primary and secondary level. He served as Community Leader in Youghal, Thurles and Mount Merrion. John joined the Mount Sion community in September 2012 and is glad to be back on home territory where he looks forward to following the fortunes of the Déise.
Br. Peadar from Tipperary has taught both Primary and Secondary level in Ireland for many years. Ten years teaching in Mount Sion Primary School, combined with eight years in Formation, eight years as Secondary School Principal in Co. Clare are among his experiences. He has special interest in students who find it hard to cope with mainstream education and has seven years experience in this. Peadar came to the International Community in Mount Sion in 2007 and works in hospitality.
Br. Raymond J. Vercruysse was born in Rochester, New York in the United States. He has been a teacher, coach, and guidance counselor in High Schools in New York City and Oradell, New Jersey. He was vocation director for four years before returning to his alma mater as principal followed by its first President for nine years. After this he earned a doctorate in Catholic School Leadership at the University of San Francisco. Then he became the Director of Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership (ICEL) at the University of San Francisco for five years. In 2008 he was appointed a member of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America province leadership team for 12 years. During that time, he liaised with the Office of Educational Service in the province providing Board in-services and presentations on the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice for faculty and staff for the Consortium of Edmund Rice School in North America. In September 2021 Brother arrived to become a member of the international community serving at the Edmund Rice Heritage Centre.