Sister Brigid Brady went peacefully to the Lord on New Year’s day, five days after her 78th birthday. She had been in residence at St. Catherine’s Convent and Healthcare Center for the better part of 2015. Sister had recently completed sixty years as a Caldwell Dominican. During that time she exemplified the Dominican commitment to prayer, study, community and mission. A highly respected specialist in medieval literature and the history of the English language, Sister Brigid set high standards for student achievement, challenging them to use the communications technologies in their search for a wider learning.

But Sister Brigid was not just a scholar; she was truly a Renaissance woman, embracing every opportunity to expand her own knowledge and skills and use them to enhance her service to others in the pursuit of truth or to add a touch of elegance to the plainer aspects of life. For example, the many students at Caldwell University who benefited from her teaching from 1971 through 2014 may not have been aware of her gifts of music, art, sewing, and many other creative skills.  She hand-made her own harp, mastered the art of macramé  in order to create an elegant hanging for the chapel bell, and delighted in creating special patterns for Irish knit sweaters to give as gifts. Those who had the pleasure of knowing Sister Brigid will long remember her as deeply prayerful, quiet but witty, insightful of human nature and a loyal friend.

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