Originally constructed as a men's residence hall in 1939, Breen-Phillips Hall was named after its benefactors, alumni and brothers-in-law William P. Breen and Frank B. Phillips. During World War II, Breen-Phillips served as a home for naval officers in training, and, at one point, the athletic department, including the office of then head football coach Frank Leahy, was located in the basement. Breen-Phillips became one of the first women’s residence halls after the University began admitting women in 1972. The Breen-Phillips Meal Auction, the hall’s signature event, raises donations for Meals on Wheels from students bidding to eat with coaches, faculty, and other ND notables.
Sr. Mary Catherine McNamara, S.I.W.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Sr. Mary Catherine McNamara became the rector of Breen-Phillips Hall in 2012. She is a Sister of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from St. John College of Cleveland and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Akron. She has ministered as a teacher, principal, youth specialist, child advocate, client rights officer, and accreditation manager. She has also served as Counselor on the Congregation Leadership Team, as an Assistant Congregational Leader and held an elected role in the Conference of Religious Leaders in the Diocese of Cleveland. In her free time, Sr. Mary enjoys going to the movies, watching sporting events, listening to audiobooks, and traveling.
|Number of Sections||6|
|Chapel||St. Francis of Assisi|
|Number of Floors||4|
|Number of Rooms||105|