Sister Mary Benedict Brady, 83, directed leprosarium

April 25, 2006

Sister Mary Benedict Brady, who directed nursing care in a Guyana leprosy hospital as a member of the Sisters of Mercy, died of Parkinson's disease April 15 at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 83.

Mary Ada Brady was born in Baltimore and raised in Carney. She attended St. Dominic's Parochial School and was a 1938 graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School. She earned a degree at the old Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and later graduated from the nursing program at the old Mount St. Agnes College in Mount Washington.

She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1947, and after work in Savannah, Ga., directed the nursing service at a leprosarium from 1964 to 1970 in the Demerara-Mahaica region of what was then British Guyana.

Returning to Baltimore, she worked at Mercy Medical Center and became a supervisor in the pediatrics department and operating room.

She was later nursing director at The Villa, her order's retirement home in Pinehurst, and at Villa Maria in Timonium. She was also a counselor at Stella Maris Hospice.

In 1986, she received her master's degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola College and, as a chaplain at Mercy Medical Center, worked with intensive care patients and their families. She also organized an annual memorial service for patients who had died at the downtown hospital.

A funeral Mass was offered Friday at The Villa.

Survivors include a brother, Norman C. Brady Sr. of Seal Beach, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.

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