Season Finale

It’s Friday in Wexford, and it’s late, or early, depending on your view of things. It’s also lashing rain. I’m in the house alone, as the community’s term of service officially ended on June 30 and the cast of Teach Bhríde Season 2 has parted ways. Clarisa is in Uganda, visiting her boyfriend for the […]

Full Circle

Buona sera from Roma! As I write this, I’m in my room at the Villa Irlanda, a converted convent (that was fun to write) on the grounds of the Irish College in Rome. I know. I just got back from the epic trip to Northern Ireland, so why the second holiday? Fr. Denis invited me […]


As Jessica mentioned, this past weekend marked the 25th anniversary celebration of Fr. Martin’s ordination to the priesthood. Saturday evening’s Vigil Mass was packed with family and friends from all over the world, representing different parts of Fr. Martin’s ministerial life. It was amazing to see–a living collage of people and places and memories, a […]

ACE Mass Reflection

Today marked the Missioning Mass with the ACE Advocates community in Dublin. Clarisa, Patrick, and I traveled up with Fr. John-Paul, a good friend to Teach Bhríde, and provided the music for last night’s liturgy, as has become the monthly custom. At last month’s Mass, I was called upon to deliver a post-Communion reflection, and […]

This is the Day the Lord Has Made

Continued Easter blessings to all families and friends of Teach Bhríde! As Jess mentioned in Sunday’s post, the calendar–or diary as they say here–has been pretty chill this week. The primary school kiddos are out of school, half of the parish team is gone, and even Patrick is still galavanting around the island having adventures […]

From Ashes to the Living Font

Today we enter the most solemn time in the liturgical year of the Church: Holy Week. Forgive the absence of blogs for last week; Patrick was visiting family in London on Monday and the four of us were in Dublin again this past Friday so there wasn’t time to post on our usual days, but […]

Heights and depths, and heights again

This week threw a lot of unexpected things in the direction of the Teach Bhríde community. Monday I received a phone call from Fr. Denis, asking me if I could come to lunch in Enniscorthy with him and Sr. Mary for a meeting with Fr. Willie Howell of Gorey to talk about the possibility of […]

Attack of the Retreats

As I write this, we’re sitting on Wexford Bus en route to Dublin. Tonight marks another celebration with the ACE community at O’Connell House, something we’ve come to look forward to every month with great anticipation, as we’ve made good friends in that community. This is really the capstone to what has been a banner […]

Come, Holy Spirit!

This week has been a bit of a whirlwind for Teach Bhríde. As Patrick mentioned on Monday, we started the week with a fantastic workshop presenting music for the sacraments, but that was just the beginning. The past few days have been filled with practices for Confirmation choir and Class Mass, and yesterday we returned […]