Geraldine Brady

February 8, 1939March 9, 2019

Sister Geraldine Brady, SSMO February 8, 1939 – March 9, 2019

Sister Geraldine (aka Sr. Gerard) Brady was born February 8, 1939, in Portland, Oregon, to James and Sylvia Brady. Sister’s elementary education took place at St. Agatha School, Portland, and St. Joan of Arc School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sr. Geraldine graduated from St. Mary’s Academy, Portland, in 1957. Her higher education was earned at Marylhurst (BS in Elementary Education, 1962).

Sister Geraldine was received as a novice by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon on August 15, 1958, and became known as Sr. Mary Gerard; in 1963 Sister made her perpetual profession. She taught in various elementary schools throughout her sixty-one years of religious life: St. Mary, Spokane; Our Lady of Guadalupe, Seattle; St. Agatha, St. Andrew, Our Lady of Sorrows, all in Portland; and Christ the King in Milwaukie. In Lakeview, OR, Sr. Geraldine taught religious education and visited the homebound in the parish. At various times she also served as librarian in several schools as well as at the Motherhouse.

Sister Geraldine had a great devotion to St. Joseph and St. Gerard, the patron of expectant mothers. She supplied pamphlets and medals to anyone who had a concern about an expectant friend or family member.

Sister Geraldine was a gentle soul with an amazing ability to write poetry that revealed not only her own concerns, spiritual longings, and challenges, but also a heart filled to overflowing with love for her savior Jesus. Her poetry speaks a truth to those who read any of her 595 pages of poems filled with insight and wisdom.

Sister is survived by her Sisters in Community, her brothers, Jim (Jan), Mike (Jill), and Tom and her sister Frances as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Kathleen.

Vigil Service – Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m., Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon

Mass of Christian Burial – March 14 at 4:00 p.m., Motherhouse Chapel

Interment – March 15 at 9:00 a.m. SSMO Cemetery

May she rest in God’s eternal embrace! Memorial offerings may be directed to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon.


  • Vigil Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Rite of Committal Friday, March 15, 2019

Geraldine Brady

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