Genevieve <I>Garvan</I> Brady

Genevieve Garvan Brady

Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 24 Nov 1938 (aged 58)
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Wernersville, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Crypt Beneath The Altar Of The Main Chapel Of The Jesuit Novitiate, Beside Her Husband Nicholas.
Memorial ID 87734823 · View Source
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A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Genevieve Brady was the sister of Francis Patrick Garvan (1875 - 1937), a famous American lawyer and long-time president of the Chemical Foundation, and wife of New York City businessman and philanthropist, Nicholas Frederic Brady (1878 - 1930). The couple were married on August 20, 1906 and had no children.

A devout Roman Catholic, she was a Dame of the Holy Sepulchre, holder of the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, founder of the Carroll Club, 1933 recipient of the University of Notre Dame's Laetare Medal as the most notable lay Catholic in America, Board Chairman of the Girls Scouts of America and a Vice-President of the Welfare Council of New York. In 1926 her husband was enobled by Pius XI and created a Papal Duke. Genevieve was created a Papal Duchess in her own right.

The Papal Duke and Duchess lived at 910 Fifth Avenue in New York City but also built a large Tudor Elizabethan mansion, Inisfada, on an estate on the North Shore of Long Island, New York that was completed by 1920, and known as "Inisfada", Gaelic for "Long Island". It was here that she entertained Cardinal Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli, later Pope Pius XII, on his American tour in 1936. The Duchess would gift the Estate to the Society of Jesus. The Inisfada mansion is now used as The St. Ignatius Jesuit Retreat House.

Following the death of her husband, Genevieve Brady remarried to the Irish Free State Minister to the Vatican, William J. Babington Macaulay. The Papal Duchess died in Rome in 1938, and her body was returned to the United States and buried beside Nicholas. In the church of St. Patrick in Rome a large plaque honors her life and contributions to the Catholic Church both in Rome and America. The Stations of The Cross in the church were presented to it by her second husband and are considered among the finest in design and craftsmanship in Rome.

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