20, 1923 - April 16, 2002)
Eulogy by Br. Stephen Urban Minogue
It is always a solemn moment when Marist Brothers gather together
here at our Esopus Cemetery to remember a Brother with whom we have
shared community, at whose side we have worked, and whom we have come
to know as confrere and friend.
We have weathered many storms and crises, personally and as members
of a Church in crisis. We
have laughed together and have been sad together, yet all the while
we are assured that we shall rise with the Risen Savior and shall share
our eternal reward together forever in heaven.
we stop and look back down the years of Brother James Damian Brady's
Marist career, it is indeed hard not to be impressed.
Jimmy Damian was a man who was very intelligent.
He had degrees in education, mathematics, and English.
From the year 1943 at Mount St. Michael till 2001, he served
the Marist Brothers, the Church, and the United States.
He served as teacher, as Dean of Studies and as Director-Principal
of Molloy High School, as director and Founding Principal of Christ
the King High School, as Principal of Pace High School in Opa Locka,
and finally in his retirement as tutor and instructor of RCIA in Augusta,
was always a pleasure for me to be in the company of Jimmy Brady.
If Jim was distinguished by one virtue, it is surely generosity
of heart. I never heard him say a word in jest that ever cut or hurt
another Brother. He was
kind, and he was funny with a humor that could reduce life's tensions
to their respective importance. Jim Brady was an extraordinary toastmaster,
for he was bright, articulate, witty, and loveable.
The monks will always be grateful to Jim for the great parties
and frequent 'First Vespers' he arranged for the Brothers.
It was his way of manifesting his understanding of the dedicated
self-giving life of the teacher, and of silently getting the message
across that he was grateful.
the Brother responsible for raising money for our Filipino missions,
Jim ran the St. Ann's Bingo. He was organized and governed with heart.
He always lead with his shoulders.
It was a pleasure to work with him.
And the dedicated men, who came week after week and year after
year, loved him because he was grateful.
He kept in touch with them long after St. Ann's moved out to
Queens. Small wonder that
those of us who were close to him called him "Diamond Jim."
James Damian and Father Champagnat had much in common.
The Lord laid a heavy cross of suffering on Jim's shoulders for
a good part of his adult life.
The tedious and humiliating Calvary of the multiple aspects of
sickness, together with the modification of life's daily ways and dependence
on others, was nothing short of the dark night of the soul.
Yet, as much as Jim could talk about his sickness when prompted,
I never heard him complain or grow angry.
It takes a valiant soul, one who lives prayerfully in the presence
of God, not only NOT to let suffering embitter him, but to allow life's
pains to sweeten him and make him ever more gentle of heart … and Jim
was already gentle of heart.
as we become aware of all the good that Brother James Damian Brady has
done, humbly, simply, and with gentle modesty, we are grateful to the
Lord and to Mary, our Good and Loving Mother, for the gift of Jimmy
Damian to us. May we, too,
find the inspiration to believe in the Marist way of life and to be
true to what it promises and to ultimate fidelity to our vocation. It is time now, not so much to mourn Jimmy Brady, as to invoke
him. He is truly alive,
at peace, and where he can intercede for us.
Jim Brady, and all ye hosts of Marists, remember us and be with
us till we all are united and rejoice together in a happy eternity.
Bro. Ben Consigli, Vice Provincial of the Esopus Province.
just wanted to pass on the news that Br. James Damian Brady '40, born
on April 20, 1923 passed away this morning, April 16, 2002.
wake and funeral mass will take place on Thursday, April 18
at Saint Richard Church in Miami.
Saturday, April 20, at 11:30AM, there will be a prayer service in the
Chapel in Esopus followed by the burial.
from MaristsAll Newsletter # 67