Sister Nora Brady, formerly known as Sister Marie Phelim Brady, died on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister was born in County Cavan, Ireland, to Mathias and Annie (Shierdan) Brady. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in administration/supervision, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.
Sister Nora spent 39 years ministering in elementary education in Detroit, Jackson, Pinckney, and Greenville, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Carmel, California. This includes nine years as principal and teacher at St. Mary School in Pinckney, Michigan. In Chicago, Sister ministered at St. Denis Parish for 32½ years: 19 years as elementary teacher, and 13½ years in the hospitality ministry. She also served as Prioress of the Dominican Motherhouse Campus for three years.
Sister Nora became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Hugh; and four sisters: Anne, Mary, Susan and Brigid. She is survived by a nephew, Mathew Kane of County Caven, Ireland, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Rite of Committal (burial) was held on Monday, January 7, 2019, in the Congregation cemetery. The Memorial Mass will be on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.
From left: From left, Sisters Nora Brady and Elizabeth Lynch. From left, Sisters Nora Brady, Diane Miller, and Thomasita Moran in front of the St. Denis convent in Chicago, October 1983
From left: From left, Sister Nora Brady; Father Larry Dowling, pastor of St. Dens Parish in Chicago; and Sister Elizabeth Lynch. Standing, from left, Sisters Helen Patrick Bartley, Elizabeth Lynch, Nora Brady, Patricia Dolan, and Carolyn Nelson, and seated from left, Sisters Patricia McCarty and Georgina Luznicky
Members of the 2008 Diamond Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Nora Brady, Marie Geraldine Brownell, Celestine Dunne, Alice Riegel, Patricia Wiley, John Norton Barrett, Mary Schmagner, and Therese DeCanio, and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Helen Mack, Joan Sopha, Mary E. Quinn, Dorothy Thielk, Margaret Urban, Patricia Ann Hurley, Marion O’Connor, and Judith Mary Singer.
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Sister Nora taught all 5 of our sons at St.Denis School., in Chicago. They all look back to their child hood and say “Sister Nora was our favorite teacher”. We are all sadden by her death but know Sister is where she wants to be. God bless her for all she gave us. We will all miss her. Dick @ Pat Donnelly, Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Sr. Nora will be missed I loved her to pieces she taught a few of my siblings as well as nephews . My she. R. I. P she will be sorely missed my prayers are with all of the. Nums at. St. Adrian. So sorry for your loss.Rose. Barraco. George
Sr. Nora was my 1st grade teacher at St. Denis 40 years ago. She was such a kind teacher. She is fondly remembered on Chicago’s South Side.
Sr. Nora was my friend, my mother, my twin andMy angel. She loved life and now she has receivedHer wings. A beautiful devoted soul, the likesOf which I shall never meet again. In her words, "GOD LOVE YA HONEY."
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