Written on: April 19, 2015
Sister Rita Frances Brady met the Grey Nuns when she attended A. Barton Hepburn School of Nursing in Ogdensburg, New York. At the end of her first year, she knew she wanted to be a part of their joy and their community. She never returned to her nursing studies but instead spent almost all of her sixty years as a Grey Nun in the field of education, most of those years in the Diocese of Ogdensburg. Rita Frances has been a teacher, a principal and a librarian and has served in parishes in the Philadelphia area and the Queens area of Long Island. Her years of study in the field of elementary education and administrative supervision served her well in each of those ministries. She is currently, and lives in the convent of the parish and serves on the Board of Directors of Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center.
My sixty years as a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart have been blessed with many opportunities to see God working in my life. It is a joy to be a Sister! I can’t believe how quickly the years have gone by and how many priests, sisters, families and students I have known. I am grateful for all the love and support of those who shared my ministry. It was always the faces of the children that energized me as I taught and administered in the Catholic Schools from Queens, N.Y. to the shores of the St. Lawrence River and presently the foothills of the Adirondacks. I always tried to help children become what God wanted them to be. Although I have always loved teaching, coaching basketball through the years has been so rewarding. The Diocese of Ogdensburg, where I have served forty-three of my sixty years, has been one of the places I have loved. There is a strong sense of community in this Diocese and the priests and people are so loving and accepting. They continue to challenge me to be the best Grey Nun I can be. I have followed in the footsteps of some of the “greats” who shared their ministry here in the North Country. For me, JUBILEE is celebration; a time to give thanks for the priceless blessings that have “graced” my sixty years as a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart.