|Birth: ||Apr. 18, 1873|
s/0 William Brady & Rose Growney
Siblings: William, Elizabeth, Thomas, Alice, John, Lawrence, Rosa & Patrick S.
MONSIGNOR JAMES POWER BRADY
Death yesterday afternoon claimed Monsignor James P. Brady, 86, pastor emeritus of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He had been a priest 62 years. Monsignor Brady died at 1pm at St. Bernard's Hospital in Council Bluff's IA, where he had been a patient since May.
The stately, silver-haired clergyman had served in this city all his priestly life, more than half a century of it at St. Mary's. He was ordained May 30, 1897. Young Father Brady's first assignment was as assistant of St. Joseph's Cathedral. Two years later he was named acting rector and in February of 1904 received his appointment to St. Mary's, serving until his retirement in July 1956.
His long pastorate at the North Side church was marked not only by vigarious leadership of his parish, but also by his contributions to civic development, particularly in his section of the city.
The scholarly monsignor served under six mayors as a member of the St. Joseph library board for 27 years, from 1923 to 1950.
He ask to retire. He was replaced by Monsignor Leo J. Ruggle, pastor of St. Joseph's Cathedral. A coincidence was that a fellow board member of Monsignor Brady was Dr. C.M. Chilton, retired pastor of The First Christian Church, the oldest Protestant minister now living in St. Joseph.
BRANCH LIBRARY WORK
The Priest's interest in books was evident before his library board appointment. With Henry Krug, Jr, E.A. King and Judge Charles Nowland, all now dead, he served on the committee which brought about the establishment of Washington Park Branch library in North St. Joseph.
St. Mary's parish, organized in 1891, was first given to the care of Benedictine priests of Conception. The same year a combination of church and school was erected at Main and Cherry Streets.
With the coming of the young and far-sighted Father Brady, an era of development for the parish was imminent. He often recalled that when he first went to the parish, weeds covered an abondoned city cemetery on the site of his church's future expansion.
In 1911 the rectory was built and the following year the cornerstone was laid for the church of Romanesque design which stands at 2nd & Cherry. That church, the present edifice, was dedicated in June of 1913.
The school continued in the old building and in 1928 plans were underway for a new school on the site of the original structure.
HELD CHURCH OFFICES
In 1955 Brady Hall, named for the pastor, was added to the church facilities.
In addition to his parochial duties, the priest held other church offices. In 1918 he was named vicar general of diocese and soon thereafter was appointed apostolic administrator.
In 1922, on the occation of the 25th anniversary of his ordination, St. Mary's pastor was elevated to the rank of protonotary apostolic with the title of Monsignor.
Earlier in his pastorate, as a member of a North Side improvement organization, Monsignor Brady was one of a group which broght about the removal of powder magazines on the MO river bluffs, regarded as hazardous to the growing district.
The group was also instrumental in getting Prospect Ave. paved, a move necessary before the power & light co would install a car line on the avenue.
FUNERAL FRIDAY AT 11
A northwest Missourian by birth, Monsignor James Power Brady was the son of an Irish couple, who came from Old Castle, County Meathe. The parents first settled in PA & in 1858 came west. Mr. Brady was a leader in the establishment of a colony at Conception. The priest, born April 18, 1873, was the second youngest of ten children.
He was educated at Conception Abbey & also at Grand Seminary in Montreal, Canada & Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis.
Survivors are a brother Patrick Sarfield (Sarf) Brady of Conception & a number of nieces & nephews, three of whom live in St. Joseph, Mrs. J.I. Byrne, Mrs. C. Thomas O'Connor & Robert G. Graham.
The body was brought to St. Joseph last night & taken to H.O. Sidenfaden & Son Mortuary.
Services have been set for Friday morning at 11 at St. Mary's Church. Bishop John P. Cody of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese will pontificate. The Mass will be chanted by the priest's of the diocese. They will also recite the office of the dead, half an hour before the service. Interment will be in the family plot at St. Columba's cemetery at Conception.
The body, now at H.O. Sidenfaden, will be removed to the church tomorrow afternoon at 3. Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will provide a guard of honor tomorrow night.
The rosary will be recited tonight at 8 at the funeral home and tomorrow night at 8 at the church.
William Brady (1820 - 1903)
Rose Growney Brady (1837 - 1921)
Thomas H. Brady (1861 - 1934)**
Monsignor James Power Brady (1873 - 1959)
Saint Columba Cemetery
Created by: Helen Cobb Rehm
Record added: Jan 26, 2011
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