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Rev Fr Thomas J. Brady
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Birth: Jun. 15, 1843
County Cavan, Ireland
Death: Nov. 2, 1907
Portsmouth
Portsmouth City
Virginia, USA

Funeral for Father Brady

Norfolk, VA - November 5 - Funeral services over the remains of the late Rev. Father T. J. Brady took place from St. Paul's Catholic Church at 10 o'clock this morning.

Internment being in the Catholic Cemetery, Portsmouth.

The edifice was thronged when the services were begun by Rev. A. Van deVyver, Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, and thousands followed the body to the cemetery.

It was one of the largest funerals ever seen in Portsmouth. A great number of clergy attended.

The celebrant of the mass was the bishop, with Father Joseph Frioli, of Norfolk, deacon: Father Michael A. Irwin, of Durham, N.C. subdeacon: Fathers Doherty of Norfolk, and Wilson, of Richmond, deacons of honor, Father Walsh of Norfolk, master of ceremonies.

Richmond Times Dispatch, Wednesday November 6, 1907, page 4.


Fr. Thomas Brady was born in Loughdavin, Loughduff, County Cavan in Ireland on June 15, 1843. He was the son of Bernard and Bridge Victory Brady.

On June 11, 1867, at the age of twenty-four, Fr. Thomas Brady was ordained a Catholic priest in All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland. He then traveled to America for his assignment in August of that year. It was the usual pattern for priests in Ireland to be ordained in June and then travel to their role in Aug/Sept.

After St. Paul's Catholic Church was destroyed twice by fire, it was rebuilt by Rev. Thomas J. Brady. The present stately granite and beautiful high Gothic Revival church which towers over High Street, was built by him. The church has stunning German stained glass from the early years of the twentieth century. Fr. Brady was an inveterate organizer who took charge of the church in 1870. He had a hand in the starting of many institutions which survive in Portsmouth today.

The Daughters of Charity, who with the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburg and lay teachers, first became known to the people of Portsmouth through their volunteer nursing work during the Civil War. About ten years later on September 27, 1876, at the request of Father Thomas J. Brady, the Sisters staffed the first Catholic school in the city. The first school was located on the corner of Dinwiddie and King Streets and was called Saint Joseph's Academy.

In 1884, Fr. Thomas Brady, pastor of St. Paul's, established St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery (aka Portsmouth Catholic Cemetery now called All Saints Catholic Cemetery) on Elm Avenue.

The rebuilding of St. Paul's Catholic Church was just completed when Fr. Brady's death occured which plunged the whole city into mourning.

Fr. Brady also established a mission in Suffolk which is now St. Mary of the Presentation Parish. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Bernard Brady (1793 - 1849)
  Bridget Victory Brady (1815 - 1875)
 
 Sibling:
  Kate Brady (1839 - 1919)*
  Thomas J. Brady (1843 - 1907)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
SACRED
IN THE MEMORY OF
REV. THOS. J. BRADY
BORN INTO CAVAN IRELAND IN MAY 1843
DIED IN PORSTMOUTH VA
NOV. 2, 1907
AGE 61 YEARS
MAY HE REST IN PEACE
 
Note: Fr. Thomas's sister, Kate Brady is buried in Section EI, Lot 12A.
 
Burial:
All Saints Catholic Cemetery
Portsmouth
Portsmouth City
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section EI, Lot 1 (Priest Lot)
 
Created by: Maggie
Record added: Jan 28, 2010
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