The University of Notre Dame welcomes you to the Newman University Church

The Parish of Newman University Church is under the patronage of Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom. Opened in 1856, it was initially attached to the neighbouring Catholic University and later to Harrington Street parish. In October 1974, it was established as a parish Church. This historic and beautiful Church has been a distinctive landmark in Dublin’s city centre for over 150 years and a place where the faith of the people of the parish community and beyond has been, and continues to be, celebrated.



Sunday 11.00am & 6:15pm
Monday to Friday 1:05pm, except on Bank Holidays
No public Mass on Saturday


University Church welcomes couples who wish to be married here. Neither need be an alumnus of UCD or Trinity College. We encourage couples to bring their own priest. If you wish to book a wedding, please get in touch with the Parish Office (+353) 01-475-9674.

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By arrangement with the Parish Office.

Parish Pastoral Council

Parish Team

Rev. William R. Dailey, C.S.C.
Tel: (01) 475-9674

Associate Director
Steven C. Warner
Tel: (083) 882-3270

Tripthi Rodrigues
Tel: (01) 475-9674

Parish Council / Sacristan
Pat O’Kelly

The Parish Pastoral Council is a structure within the church concerned with the pastoral activities of parish life. It is made up of a representative body from the faith community who attend University Church.The Parish Pastoral Council shares the responsibility for building the parish into a vibrant Christian community that promotes Gospel values of love, justice and peace. It is a consultative body of leaders who actively seek the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and are guided by the teachings, laws and recommendations of the universal church and the local diocesan church.

Our Parish Pastoral Council enables priests and people to work together to build up a dynamic Christian community that is characterised by faith, mission, worship and service.

The Pastoral Council members serve a two year term. The Pastoral Council meets six times a year in the Presbytery. Parishioners wishing to bring issues before the pastoral council, should submit their request to the chairperson of the Parish Council.


About the Church

The church was constructed in the gardens beside and behind number 87 St Stephen’s Green. The house itself, unfortunately no longer in the possession of the church having served as its presbytery until 1988 when it was sold, was built in 1730 Read More...

Newman's Life

John Henry Newman was born in London on 21 February 1801. He was the eldest of six children – three boys and three girls. His mother was of French Huguenot stock Read More...

Newman's Works

During his time in Dublin, Newman developed his ideas on the scope and nature of university education, which is generally recognised as a masterful presentation of the classical theory of a liberal education reflected in the light of Christian revelation Read More...

Newman and Education

In 1859 Newman approached Patrick Leahy, Archbishop of Cashel and one of the trustees of the university, with a proposal that he and the other trustees should purchase the University Church Read More...

Child Safeguarding and Protection Service

Child Protection Policy

We in the parish of Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, value and encourage the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. We recognize the dignity and rights of all children and are committed to their protection and support.

In keeping with this we will work to do all in our power to create safe environments for children and young people in order to secure their protection and enable their full participation in the life of the Church.

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