Mission Statement


The University of Notre Dame 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”). An additional community now ministers in the Archdiocese of Dublin and at the University of Notre Dame’s Newman University Church. The service is comprised of liturgical music ministry, youth and adult catechesis, diocesan education, and outreach. The formation is built on foundations of communal living, prayer, and experience of the Irish way of life. 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.