The Congregation of the Brothers of St. Patrick was founded by Bishop Daniel Delany in the year 1808.
The Congregation derives its name from the Great Apostle of Ireland, St. Patrick, who in his time fought ignorance, injustice, wickedness and immorality, just as our founder did in his own time. The founder realised that the root of universal demoralization was ignorance and hence he began to impart moral education. He had in mind the religious, moral and literary education of children in schools.
The Brothers came to India in 1875 and took charge of a large Anglo-Indian School. This seed has grown into a large tree spreading its branches to various parts of the country, producing thousands of eminent men and women who have contributed and continue to contribute to the country in various capacities.
In our commitment to serve people, we find our primary inspiration in the life and teachings of JESUS CHRIST. We experience anxiety in this period of rapid change as we are beckoned beyond the bounds of safe securities. However, like the founding Patricians, we will step forward in faith with the courage of our convictions and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit.
WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT : Our apostolic endeavours are inspired and nurtured by the Good News of Jesus Christ.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BROTHERS OF ST. PATRICK/PATRICIAN BROTHERS
The Congregation of the Brothers of St. Patrick or Patrician Brothers as they are popularly known as was founded in a small town of Tullow, Ireland on 2nd February, 1808. It was founded by Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel Delany, under the patronage of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. In 1846, the Brothers sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to Baltimore, USA and laid the foundation for their first mission abroad. In 1875, the first foundation of the Patrician Brothers was laid in Chennai, India. In 1883, another group of Patricians arrived in Maitland, New South Wales, Australia. After establishing themselves, the Brothers moved to Papua New Guinea, an island that needed the Brothers' assistance. In 1961, the Brothers were drawn to Kenya. In 2007, the Indian Province took up a mission in Ghana, Africa and in 2012, South Sudan and Dubai. In 2008, the Brothers completed 200 years of their existence as harbingers of education, touching and making a difference in the lives of many. Today, the Patrician Brothers run schools, colleges, boarding houses, technical institutions, non-formal education centres and other education centres and other education related institutions in Ireland, United States of America, India, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Ghana. The headquarters known as Generalate is located in Australia and in India it has its headquarters known as Provincialate at Mount St. Mary's School, New Delhi. (For more detail please visit www.patricianbrothersindia.com)