The House of Brigid invites recent college graduates to live as an intentional lay community for one year, dedicating themselves to the service of the Irish Catholic Church and to spiritual and personal formation. The founding community is based in the Diocese of Ferns at Clonard Church of the Annunciation, and is known by its Irish name, Teach Bhríde (pronounced “chalk breed”). A second community is located in Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, and is closely affiliated with the University of Notre Dame’s O’Connell House.
The ministry of the House of Brigid communities includes a variety of liturgical and catechetical responsibilities. House Fellows plan Masses, direct choirs, support the catechesis of school children and adults, prepare and offer retreats, and bring their ministry to the greater Irish Church through workshops and radio programs. House of Brigid Fellows assigned to Dublin also provide ministry services for University of Notre Dame undergraduate students studying in Ireland. In addition, the members of Teach Bhríde are available to their parish colleagues for whatever work can be done in support of the parish.
Teach Bhríde is also committed to allowing its members a year of personal and spiritual growth. This is achieved by individual and communal prayer, spiritual direction, and experience of the Irish way of life.
Founded in 2009 as an initiative of the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir, our mission stems from a spirit of gratitude to the missionaries of Ireland who brought the Catholic faith to America, an effort to strengthen in today’s Irish Catholics the faith that sustained their ancestors, and a desire to give young Americans the opportunity to immerse themselves in Irish culture and Celtic spirituality.