Fr. Brady is my uncle, he was Uncle Jim to us, then Fr. Jim after he was ordained. We have a large family and everyone loved and respected him as a priest, but loved and respected him as a person more. He was caring and kind, and always seemed to know how to gently guide us in our faith. He would know when we were struggling and was always there for us, no matter how busy he was. And he was busy!
When holidays came we all fought to have him to our house, as there were many of us but only one of him. He was funny and witty and just fun to be around. And he had such a love for children. If there was a baby in the house, you could always find him/her in Fr. Jim’s arms. He was priestly, he was fatherly, he was our Fr. Jim, in his priest garb or shorts and sandals. We loved him so much.
Fr. James Brady was a true servant of our Lord, and I sincerely believe there are many souls in heaven today because of him. Thank you for sharing him with us Heavenly Father, and please hold him close – he lived his life to be where he is now, wrapped in Your loving arms.
How fortunate we all are to be members of Fr. Brady’s family. To us, he was Fr. Jim. He was our very own “link to the Lord.” He performed the marriages in our family; he baptized our children; he presided over family funerals. How wonderful it was to have him deliver the eulogies at family members’ funerals with personal stories and memories and as much love and grief as we felt in the pews. How difficult to do while grieving himself. It was equally wonderful to have him deliver the blessings at family weddings with his love and connection and prayers for the happiness of the couple involved. He lead us in prayer before holiday and family meals and reminded us to be grateful for our bounty. He thanked God for all of us and today we thank God for him.
God Bless You, Fr. Jim. Be at peace with your (and our) loved ones who have gone before.
Nancy and Paul Holweck
Fr. Brady married us 51 years ago at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.
May this kind, caring and faith filled priest share in his Heavenly Father’s eternal reward.
A job well done Fr. Brady, faithful servant.
We thank you for blessing our love so many years ago. :kissing_heart::two_hearts:
Nancy and Paul Holweck
Rose Mary Walecki
Father Brady was our inspiration in having St Mary Hales Corners join HOSEA, (Hope Offered Through Shared Ecumenical Action), a collaborative effort between churches located from Cudahy all the way west to New Berlin. His spiritual direction guided and formed us in our thinking and our actions while his charm kept us involved. What better way to meet and befriend other likeminded souls in the pursuit of a more compassionate and just society. Father Brady was a faithful and humble servant who reminded US to pray for him. God bless you, Father Brady, as you are now at peace in the Lord.
Rose Mary Walecki
Gloria Bins RN
I agree with Mary K Matestic’s wonderful words about Father Brady.
He was our pastor at St.Patrick Racine when Richard and I married 44 years ago.
Our dear friend Abbott Jerome G; Tremel of the Norbertines came from Green Bay to preside.
The rehearsal was delayed a few minutes while we searched out our two priests who were found sharing a glass or wine and a warm and welcoming conversation on the porch of the rectory.
We were pleased to have a small part in this new friendship/
Gloria and Richard Bins
Mary K. Matestic
Fr. Brady was a holy man. In the last parish in which he served, I would often find him in the Eucharistic chapel late into the night with his eyes closed in silent prayer. He had great wisdom that came from his life experiences. He had a passion for the poor and the marginal spending much of his ministry involved in Community Based organizing. Soft spoken, and full of an intense sense of justice (and injustice), Fr. Brady was never afraid to speak up for those who had no voice.
I shall remember him as a mentor and friend.
Let your light continue to shine, Fr. Brady, beyond this life and into the next!