Sister Patricia Brady, formerly known as Sister Francis Kevin, died on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. She was 80 years of age and in the 61st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Patricia was born in Chicago to Francis and Mary (Quinn) Brady. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in English from Michigan State University in East Lansing; and a master’s degree in education administration from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
Sister Patricia spent over 36 years ministering in education in Adrian, Ypsilanti, and Lansing, Michigan; Tampa, Florida; Westchester and Chicago, Illinois; and New Orleans, Louisiana, including 10 years as associate principal in Westchester and two years as director of student affairs in Tampa.
She served 10 years as coordinator/liaison for the Dominican Youth Ministry in Westchester, and as Executive Director of the Dominican Association of Secondary Schools, one year in Westchester and five years in New Orleans. Sister Patricia also ministered for two and a half years as an elementary teacher at St. Joseph Parish School in Adrian, and served the Congregation for six years as Chapter Prioress of the Upper Midwest Chapter.
Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers: Daniel Brady and Francis Brady. She is survived by her sisters: Mary Quinn Brady of Homewood, Illinois, and Colleen McGuire (John) of Plainfield, Illinois.
Welcome of Sister Patricia will be on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Monday, August 12, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Mass of Christian Burial will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.
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.
Right: Sister Patricia with her sister Colleen, then 6, in 1957
From left: Sister Patricia’s parents, Frank and Mary Brady. Frank and Catherine Brady, Sister Patricia’s brother and sister-in-law. Sister Patricia Brady, OP, and Sister Jane Farrell, IHM, celebrate Sister Patricia’s Golden Jubilee in 2007.
From left: Mary McCormack, left, a teacher, and Sister Patricia, Associate Principal at Immaculate Heart of Mary High School. Serving on the 1992-1993 Leadership Council were, counter-clockwise from top: Sisters Marianne O’Neill, Molly Ann Nicholson, Marcine Klemm, Arlene Seckel, Patricia Brady, Mary Kathryn Cliatt, Virginia Kleckner, Patricia Siemen, Mary Patricia Dewey, Molly Giller, Grace Flowers, Patricia Walter, Christine Matthews, Anne Guinan, Rose Celeste O’Connell, and Nancyann Turner.
From left: Sister Patricia Brady, right, with Dr. Cynthia Thomas, President of St. Mary’s Dominican High School, New Orleans, on the night of Sister Pat’s award ceremony as recipient of the Siena Heights St. Dominic Award, October 2004. From left, Sisters Peggy Brennan, Patricia Brady, Milly Giller, and Marcine Klemm
Members of the 2007 Golden Jubilarian Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Joella Miller, Mary Ann Phillip, Margaret Ann McGuiness, Mary Therese Napolitan, Barbara Cervenka, Sharon Culhane, and Evelyn Montez; middle row, from left, Sisters Joanne Evans, Jude Van Baalen, Janet Traut, Dorothea Gramlich, Eunice Drazba, Frances Lombaer, and Bernitha Glombowski; and front row, from left, Sisters Helen McAllister, Susan Elaine Kresse, Katherine Kenny, Joan Kowalski, Monica Kim, Helen Diane McGuirt, and Patricia Brady. Not pictured is Sister Patricia Reno.
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I was so saddened to learn this morning of the death of S. Patricia Brady / Sister Francis Kevin. Anyone watching her video interview, or anyone who knew her, will agree that S. Pat radiates energy and intelligence. She is one of the very best teachers I ever had, and that includes college and graduate school. I knew S. Francis Kevin from St. John’s / Ypsilanti. When she first came to St. John’s she taught in the grade school. One year she wrote a contemporary Christmas play, all in rhymed verse. I’ve never forgotten it. By the time I got to high school S. Francis Kevin was teaching English there. I had her for Sophomore and Junior year English. The courses she taught, especially the survey of English literature, were the equivalent of a college English course. We learned the Canterbury Tales frontward and backward / inside out. Sister also directed the forensics competitions at the school and at the diocesan and perhaps state level. Her teams, from our small high school, were medal winners. Sister Francis Kevin was the yearbook moderator during my Sophomore and Junior years as well (she was succeeded by S. Carol Denise, the year I was editor in my senior year). I remember S. Francis Kevin driving groups of us to yearbook conferences and workshops in Mount Clemens and at U of D so that we could learn how to put together an excellent yearbook. S. Pat says in her interview that she always loved teaching high school. Hearing her talk about her work with the Dominican Association of Secondary Schools, and the establishment of the preaching programs there, makes it clear that high school students were her life-long passion. Any of us who ever had her as a high school teacher were fortunate indeed. I am happy that I was able to reconnect with her in the last few years, and I will always treasure that friendship.
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