Teach Bhríde enters fourth year of Irish ministry

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Most Rev Most Rev. Denis Brennan, bishop of Ferns, blesses the newly minted plaque for Teach Bhride in Clonard.

Teach Bhríde, or House of Brigid, a ministry started by the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir, is embarking on its fourth year in Ireland — and its first year including students from outside the choir.

The Folk Choir started Teach Bhríde, pronounced “chalk breed,” in response to a trend members observed over the years while touring and performing in Ireland — fewer young people and families were going to church. The initiative invites recent college graduates to serve in Ireland as lay volunteers who work closely with the Catholic Church, creating new choirs, assisting in the Church, offering musical and liturgical programs for grade schools, and more.