FATHER JUDE BRADY, O.S.B.
Father Jude W. Brady, O.S.B., was born October 8, 1945 in Paterson, New Jersey. He is the son of the late William Brady and the late Helen (Varallo) Brady.
He attended St. Anne’s Grade School, Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and graduated from St. Luke’s High School, Ho- Ho-Kus, New Jersey in 1963. Father Jude received a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1967 from Farleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey. He earned a master of arts degree in clinical psychology in 1971 and an education certification from Long Island University in 1972. He received a master of divinity degree in 1979 from Saint Vincent Seminary, a diploma (master of arts) in spiritual counseling and direction in 1981 from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome, and a doctorate in pastoral counseling/pastoral theology from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1984.
He entered the Saint Vincent monastic community on July 1, 1974, made his simple profession of vows on July 10, 1975, and his solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1978. He was ordained a priest on May 24, 1980.
Father Jude worked as a grade school teacher, guidance counselor and psychometerist for the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey (1967-1971), and was a staff psychologist intern at Fair Lawn Mental Health Clinic (1971-1972). He was a curriculum coordinator for drug and alcohol education for Suffolk County Diocesan High Schools, Diocese of Rockville Center, Long Island (1972-1974).
At Saint Vincent Archabbey, Father Jude has served as socius of novices and vocations guestmaster (1975-1979), academic committee representative (1976-1979), assistant director of vocations (1981-1982), director of vocations (1982-1993), member of the Human Resources Council as executive secretary and chariman (1985-1989). At Saint Vincent College, he provided psychological counseling at the Counseling and Placement Center (1975-1980), was a staff member for Campus Ministry (1979-1980), director of counseling (1981-1983) and member of the Board of Directors (1995-2007). At Saint Vincent Seminary, he has served as an instructor in spirituality (1981-1989), director of spiritual life (1983-1989), and director of counseling services (1984- 1989). He serves on the Archabbey Committee on Investments (1995-present).
His pastoral work has included serving as pastor of Saint Bede Parish, Bovard (1985-1989), parochial vicar and pastor of Saint Mary’s Parish, Erie (1990-1996), pastor of Saint Mary’s Parish, St. Marys (1995-1999) and prior of Saint Mary’s Priory (1995-1999).
While stationed in the Diocese of Erie, Father Jude was an administrator and therapist at the Ecclesia Center, Girard (1993-1999), and was on the spiritual formationfaculty of Saint Mark’s Seminary in the Diocese of Erie (1990-1996). He served as an adjunct faculty member in psychology and theology at Gannon University (1996-1999), as regional coordinator for pastoral affairs, St. Marys (1997-1999), and as a member of the Board of Ethics at Saint Marys Health Center of the Elk Regional Health System (1999). He was also chairman of the Subcommittee for Missionary and Pastoral Placement, Human Resources Council, Saint Vincent Archabbey (1998-1999, 2007-present).
In 1999, he was named headmaster of the Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia and the prior of Benedictine Priory in Savannah, serving until 2007. He has served as consulting and counseling psychologist for the Diocese of Savannah (1999-2007) and for the Diocese of Charleston (2000-2007). He has also served as a forensic psychologist, Marriage Tribunal, Diocese of Savannah. In August of 2001, he was named to the adjunct faculty of Saint Leo University, St. Leo, Florida, Savannah Center.
In August of 2007, Father Jude returned to Pennsylvania when he was appointed pastor of Saint Benedict Parish, Carrolltown, in the Diocese of Altoona- Johnstown.
He has been a consulting psychologist for the Marriage Tribunal of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown since 2009, a spiritual consultant for the Diocese (2007- present), and a spiritual consultant for the TOR Franciscans in Loretto (2009-present).
He has served on the Presbyteral Council for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown (2010-present) and was appointed to a five-year term in the Office of Diocesan Consultor in 2012. He serves as a psychological consultant for the Tribunal of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown (2010-present). In 2015, he was appointed the vicar/dean of the Prince Gallitzin Deanery for a three-year term, and at the same time parish administrator of Saint Nicholas Church, Nicktown, while continuing his responsibilities in Carrolltown.
Father Jude has served on the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors (1995-2007, 2016-present), as first counselor for Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, Richmond (2019-present), communications consultant for Saint Procopius Abbey, Lisle, Illinois (2019-2020), and community facilitator for Saint Andrew Abbey, Cleveland (2020).
His publications include “Neurosis as an Obstacle to a Happy Death,” 1980 (Rome, Italy, 1981); “The Sanctity of St. Margaret Mary Alocoque,” 1981, Rome, Italy; “A Guide for Director of Spiritual Formation,” Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 1986. ; “The Eremetical Life,” Priest Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, 1995; “The Future of Religious Life,” Priest Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, 1996; “The Rectory—Holy & Healthy,” Priest Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, 1997; “The Roman Catholic Priest in a World of Abuse and Litigation,” Priest Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, 1997; “The Riches of Spiritual Poverty,” Priest Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, March 1999; “Sibling Rivalry in the Priesthood,” Priest Magazine, to be published.