Mary Brady, RSCJ

Mary Brady, RSCJ

Birth: April 4, 1926
Profession: July 29, 1954
Death: May 4, 2013

Religious of the Sacred Heart Mary Lamphier Brady, who revealed God’s love through her devoted service to families in need, died suddenly on Saturday, May 4. Recalled as full of generosity and gentleness, goodness and grace, Sister Brady will be celebrated in a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 10th, at St. Francis of Assisi, South End Site, Albany. There will be a visitation period one hour before the service. Interment will be in the Kenwood Cemetery in Albany. A memorial service and sharing of memories will also be held Sunday, May 19, at 4:00 p.m. at St. Cecilia's Church, Main Street, Warrensburg, New York.

Born in Baltimore April 4, 1926, Sister Brady was the only child of Frank C. and Anna M. Brady, both deceased. She entered the Society of the Sacred Heart on September 8, 1946 and professed her final vows in Rome in July, 1954. In addition to scores of Religious of the Sacred Heart, she is survived by several cousins: Mrs. Calvin (Sally Brady) Jenkins, Baltimore; Sr. Catherine Brady, St. Louis; Philip Brady, Baltimore and Mrs. Donovan (Kate) Picard, Chevy Chase. She will be sadly missed by friends, colleagues and community members, whom she loved so much and so well.   

Sister Brady was a founding member of North Country Ministry, an outreach in Northern Warren County, New York, and served on the board for many years. A friend wrote, “Her dream came true when she was able to serve as the social worker for NCM, living in the North Country for eleven wonderful years. Mary was always ‘on the side of the poor,’ advocating, interceding, encouraging, consoling, and always listening. The Babies Play Group, Toddler Garden, and Baby's Place are all Mary's initiatives, going strong and expanding to this day. Nothing stopped Mary. She was always faithful to her God, her community, family, friends, and those whom she served. Mary was a "news hound." If you wanted to get her hackles up, all you had to do was start a political argument! Otherwise, there was no one more loved or loving in Northern Warren County than Sister Mary Brady.”

As a Religious of the Sacred Heart, Sister Brady was drawn to the suffering in the world and called to address the needs of children, women and the marginalized. Though a social worker at heart, her ministry began in the classrooms of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, her alma mater, in 1950. She also taught in the Sacred Heart schools in New York City, Grosse Pointe, Michigan; and Albany. From 1971-74, she facilitated the educational and ministry placements of Religious of the Sacred Heart for the New York Province.

In 1976, she began her social service ministry as an outreach worker for Buffalo Catholic Charities. After earning a Master’s degree in social work in 1979, she joined St. John’s Center, in Albany, then served as a clinical social worker at the Northeast Parent and Child Society of Schenectady, New York for eight years. She served as a family support worker for the Catholic Family and Community Services of Schenectady, 1988-98, then spent two years as a family support worker at Healthy Schenectady Families. From 2000-2011, she served at North Country Ministry as social worker and director of Baby’s Place. In each of these positions, she worked to strengthen families and protect children through parenting education, advocacy and emotional support.

She began a ministry of prayer and community service in 2011.

One close friend of Sister Brady wrote, “I am truly able to say that the world was a better and more loving place because our dear friend Mary was here.” Mary would have been humbled by that simple, loving tribute, but everyone who knew her knows it to be true.

Mary Brady, RSCJ, was the product of a Sacred Heart education. She graduated from Maplehurst Academy of the Sacred Heart (now Convent of the Sacred Heart) in Greenwich, Connecticut. She earned her bachelor of arts and a Master’s degree from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. Her Master’s degree in social work was from the University of Chicago.



Submitted by Diane on

I haven't seen Sr. Mary since she left the Lake George area, and on Saturday while working around the house, she was on my mind, along with several of her words of wisdom. The Lord often speaks to our hearts when we are not aware.

Submitted by Joyce Vanselow on

There is so much I could say and I did type in a MUCH longer entry here and decided instead, to just say that Sr. Mary was an amazing blessing in my life in so many ways. She was my boss at North Country Ministry for 5 years and she was also an encouraging and inspiring mentor, and dear friend. I will never forget her, and will always carry so many treasured memories and value the important things she taught and shared. I will carry forth with all of those gifts continuing to come to bear on my current work (I am a birth worker, serving mothers, babies and families) as the best tribute I can make to her memory.

Submitted by Bro. James Posl... on

Mary gone...I can't believe it. Just saw her at the North Country Ministry Gala fundraiser.

I was blessed to have Sr. Mary working with me with North Country Ministry. Her gentle and caring way was a blessing for me and for the hundereds of lives she touched as a couselor, a mentor, a leader of reflective groups, especially those who were grieving. Her frequent visits and assistance to many elderly in the regionwas a very effective and important work. Her creation of the Baby's Place and its programs has been an amazing service to so many young families.

Sister was one among the founders of North Country Ministry which started in 1992. It had been her wish to see it prosper. From its small beginnings to this rural region, serving town and parish, it has grown. It was also her wish to join NCM's staff and was able to do so in 2000 to the great benefit of all who worked with her and met her.

"What does God ask of us? Only this: To act justly, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God." Micah 6:8

There is no one I know who lived this better. Bro. James Posluszny, CSC

Submitted by Dorie Kelly on

Mother Brady taught me latin at 91st Street and it has served me well all through the years. I remember her fondly, as I do all those wonderful women who prepared me for life outside those convent walls. May she now rest in the love of her God forever.

Two of my 91st Street classmates have observed what an influence"Mother Brady" has been on our early lives.
I should like to share memory of a much later encounter at Kripalu, a yoga center in Lenox, Ma.
A dozen participants in Kripalu's "R&R" (the cheapest) program sat in a circle introducing ourselves.
I was "Chris" and a silver haired lady in a pink sweat suit was "Mary"".
But the second time around we both said a bit more and then came that moment when we looked at each other and
I yelped "Mother Brady"? And she responded, "Tina?"
We had a great reunion and I was impressed, but not surprised, to hear all the great things she was doing.
We had hoped to have her at our 50th reunion last year but in a way I'm happy to remember her the way she was that day.

She was a warm, funny, sharp and totally terrific person, a real gift!

Submitted by Maryanne Hartig... on

I had the pleasure of knowing Sister Mary's mother when I was active in Children of Mary at Kenwood: a bright, sparkling, retired journalist who had been an early tribune of Vatican News to the US... Ecumenical Council, aggiornamento, and other evolutions and, alas, their lack... she made easier for us to understand. So it was with curiosity and delight that I came to know her adored only child when I joined the parish, now St. Francis of Assisi... quiet, refined, engaged, always wreathed in a smile, totally "yours" when you were with her, in tune with the grim needs of the poor as Christ wanted, and determined to labor with love on their behalf to her last breath. SHE DID! Sursum corda!

Submitted by Christine Langworthy on

My dear Sister Mary I am so grateful that you were a part of my life. You were my mentor, my friend and someone whom I will always admire for your devotion to every person and project you were involved with.

Sister Mary and I crossed paths several times before we came together at North Country Ministry. We shared a love of helping families, children and those in need. I was honored when she asked me to work under her and train to be her replacement after she retired from NCM. I am so thankful for every lesson she taught me and all of the memories I will always carry close to my heart.

All my love Sister Mary.

Submitted by Caroline Woods on

I loved Mother Brady dearly and have two memories in particular to share.

Latin class - she gave 10 word vocabulary quizzes during almost every class, with the only possible scores being 0 or 10 – very intimidating! One year Latin was held in the study hall, with the desk at the front on the platform. And one day Mother Brady (unintentionally) backed right off that platform and landed on the floor. From Dorrie King about this incident: “And when dear Mr. Brady fell off the platform she laughed, and we joined in. A nun who laughs at her mistake in front of a class of 14 year old girls gives those girls a gift for life: it is good not to take oneself too seriously.”

Diction class - Mother Brady sat behind Mrs. Benson in order to face the class. She mocked Mrs. Benson and us as we were holding pencils in our mouths, etc., but then scolded us when we laughed.

Submitted by Kate Picard on

Mary was my cousin, and also one of the friends I treasure the most. She could suggest, or observe, in her gentle way, and I understood the lessons she intended.
I am of the Protestant branch of the family, but found Mary's way of living faith beautiful. Her stories of the North Country Ministry, in particular, made her work and her love for that work vivid to me.
Mary and I shared a love for companion animals; she particularly was fond of a cat in her community in Albany, and the beautiful husky in Warrensburg (and of our dog, when she visited).