In Memoriam

Sister Nora Brady, OP


Even as a little girl in her native Ireland, Nora Brady wanted to be in religious life.

But “all I could really do was to dream about it, and pray that one day my dream might come true,” she wrote in her letter to Mother Gerald seeking admittance to the Congregation. And on June 27, 1948, dream finally became reality when Sister Nora arrived in Adrian as a postulant from her adopted home city of Chicago.

Sister Nora was born on November 5, 1925, in County Caven, Ireland, the fifth of Mathias and Annie (Shierdan) Brady’s six children. Five girls (Susan, Mary Ellen, Ann, Bridget, and Nora) and a boy (Hugh) came into the family in all.

Tragedy struck early in Nora’s life when Mathias, a farmer, and Annie died exactly two months apart in 1930, before their youngest daughter had even turned five. Uncle Hugh, who lived with the family, became the children’s guardian.

Read more about Sister Nora (pdf)

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 


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Avatar  Patricia Donnelly 5 years agoReply

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.

Avatar  Rose. George 5 years agoReply

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

Avatar  Erin Cunningham Gee 5 years agoReply

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.

Avatar  Donna Radzienda 5 years agoReply

Sr. Nora was my friend, my mother, my twin and
My angel. She loved life and now she has received
Her wings. A beautiful devoted soul, the likes
Of which I shall never meet again. In her words, "GOD LOVE YA HONEY."

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