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.
Breyan Tornifolio became the rector of Breen-Phillips Hall in February 2018 following the passing of Sr. Mary Catherine McNamara, S.I.W. She concurrently serves as the Director of Residential Life: Rector Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention, a position she has held since 2017. Prior to becoming Director of Residential Life, Breyan served as rector of Pasquerilla East Hall (2006-2009) and as the inaugural rector of Ryan Hall (2009-2013). Subsequently, she was chosen from the Division of Student Affairs to join the University’s Leadership Rotational Program wherein she worked for the Office of Continuous Improvement, Athletics, and Mission Engagement and Church Affairs. She successively worked for University Relations as Associate Director for Student Philanthropy and concurrently acted as special events coordinator for the President. During her tenure at Notre Dame, Breyan has also served as an instructor for both Diversity Education and the Moreau First Year Experience course as well as a member of the President’s Committee for Cultural Diversity. Breyan received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University and her Master’s degree in Higher Education from Geneva College.
|Number of Sections||6|
|Chapel||St. Francis of Assisi|
|Number of Floors||4|
|Number of Rooms||105|