"St. Brigid's stands as a beacon of hope in the East Village."
- Dr. E. Francine Guastello
Associate Professor of Literacy, St. John's University Graduate School of Education
St. Brigid Church and School have a rich history of serving the surrounding community. The Parish was founded in the 1840s by a group of Irish-Catholic immigrants who fled the famine in Ireland and worked in the shipyards on the East River. Reverend Thomas Mooney, pastor of St. Brigid Church, founded the school shortly thereafter, in 1856.
The school has adapted with the changing population of the neighborhood, educating the Slavic and Italian immigrants in the late 19th century and serving today's largely Hispanic East Village population. St. Brigid prides itself on offering a "beacon of hope" to whoever resides in the community.
In 2001, the church closed due to structural problems, but is currently being renovated, thanks to the incredible generosity of the anonymous donor who gave $20 million to restore the building, bolster the parish, and support Catholic schools. Until the reopening of St. Brigid Church, the students at St. Brigid attend St. Emeric's Parish.
Learn more about the history of St. Brigid's School and Church:
"Church of their Ancestors" - New York Times - June 18, 2006
"Donor Gives $20 Million" - New York Times - May 22, 2008