In Memoriam


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.

make a memorial giftMemorial 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.


Funeral for Sister Nora (Marie Phelim):

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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 Downey, 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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