House of Brigid, Inc. 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”).
The ministry of the Teach Bhríde community includes the following:
- Liturgical planning and direction of the choir for Clonard’s Vigil Mass;
- Assisting with liturgy planning for and being members of Clonard’s Folk Group;
- Assisting with Clonard’s family liturgy group;
- Catechetical and liturgical support at the two primary schools in the parish of Clonard; this takes the form primarily of “Class Masses,” in which one classroom takes responsibility for the lectoring and cantoring at a daily Mass;
- Sacramental preparation, especially for Confirmation; Teach Bhríde serves as coordinators of the parish-based “You Shall Be My Witnesses” program and coordinates Confirmation retreats for many schools throughout the diocese of Ferns;
- Diocesan music workshops, as well as being part of the diocesan liturgy group;
- Occasional appearances in the Christian Media Trust’s programming on Southeast Radio.
In addition, the members of Teach Bhríde are available to the parish team at Clonard Church for whatever work can be done in support of the parish. The group also travels occasionally to other locations within the diocese and beyond to offer retreats and workshops.
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.