|Birth: ||Dec. 5, 1846|
County Leitrim, Ireland
|Death: ||Apr. 13, 1895|
San Francisco County
Father Edward Brady, CSP, was born in Dromod, County Leitrim, Ireland, on December 5, 1846. He was the first Irish-born Paulist. His father was a British officer who had done outstanding work in the British Civil Service in the East Indies. An older brother was a parish priest and a sister a Carmelite nun – but he set himself on the path of civil service in the British Empire, attending Sandhurst as a teenager.
Disillusionment with his career choice led to his emigration to the U.S. in 1869. He settled in Brooklyn and worked in his brother's dry goods store. After attending Seton Hall for classical studies he entered the Paulist House of Studies at Saint Paul the Apostle parish in New York in December of 1870. He made his first profession on June 3, 1873, and was ordained a Catholic priest on June 7, 1873.
The twenty-third member of the Paulist community, Fr. Brady spent much of his career engaged in missionary endeavors, especially in the Rocky Mountain states and the far West. With Fathers Elliott, Deshon, Doyle and others he crisscrossed the northern tier of the U.S. giving missions.
In 1875 Father Brady was part of the first Paulist mission band to go to California, and in the winter of 1881-82 he preached in the mining camps and forts of Colorado…at one point actually crossing the Continental Divide on snowshoes to get to the next parish.
During his years on the missions, Father Brady was based at Saint Paul the Apostle parish in New York. The church was under construction, and the Paulist sponsored Fairs to raise money. They put Father Brady in charge of them, and the second one in 1884 was attended by many distinguished visitors, including President-elect Grover Cleveland, General Ulysses Grant, and Mayor Franklin Edson of New York.
In 1894, when Archbishop Riordan invited the Paulists to take pastoral responsibility for Old St. Mary's in San Francisco, Fr. Brady was named its first Paulist pastor. Sadly his tenure was cut short by cancer after only four months. He died in San Francisco on April 13, 1895, at the age of 49. He had been ordained 22 years.
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
San Mateo County
Created by: Paulist Archives
Record added: Aug 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95846337
Rest In Peace, Father Edward!|
Added: Nov. 1, 2012