Rev. Brendan McBride
Irish Apostolate USA
c/o Irish Immigration Pastoral Center
5340 Geary Blvd., Suite 206
San Francisco, CA 94121
Fr. Brendan McBride, a native of Donegal, has been in San Francisco since 1996. Fr. Brendan has widely traveled throughout his vocation. Having studied at the Irish College in Rome for six years, he went to Coventry, England to work as an Immigrant Chaplain for seven years. During this period, he also spent time in Birmingham and London.
He returned to Ireland for a short while where he taught English & Religion in the Technical School in Loughanure, Co. Donegal. His next stint abroad was in the Brooklyn and Queens areas of New York, again as Immigrant Chaplain to the huge number of Irish residents there.
Following another stay in Ireland, Fr. Brendan came to San Francisco in 1996 to form and head up the Irish Immigration Pastoral Center (IIPC). The IIPC is now a thriving center serving the Irish community in the Bay Area and beyond.
Sr. Marie Prefontaine, SNDdeN
Irish Apostolate USA
Everett, MA 02149
Marie Prefontaine, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, holds a BA in Theological Studies from Emmanuel College, Boston; a MA in Religious Studies from LaSalle Univeristy, Phildelphia, PA.; and a STL from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA. She was the Associate Director of the newly established Office for Ethnic Apostolates of the Archdiocese of Boston (1991-1995); founding Director of the Office for Ethnic Ministries, Worcester Diocese (1998-2003) and worked for U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in the Office for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees in Washington, DC (1995-1998). The purpose of these offices was to provide coordination for pastoral, educational and legal outreach among immigrants, refugees and migratory populations served through parishes and other Catholic institutions.
Her transferable skills learned as teacher, youth minister, Board and Corporation members, development work and as overseas missioner in Africa have influenced and assisted her engagement among migrant communities. She currently serves as Assistant to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Province Leadership teams for the United States. Sr. Marie continues her engagement among immigrant communities, especially in legal assistance and education on immigration reform and Catholic Social Teachings. Sr. Marie is pleased to become the National Coordinator of the Irish Apostolate USA.