Monday, November 9, 2009

Msgr. John B. Brady to be honored on December 3rd

From the National Capital Area Council (NCAC):

Msgr. John B. Bray will be honored on December 3rd with the Robert M. Hanson "Good Scout" Award at the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America’s “Salute to Scouting” at Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, MD.

As a boy, Brady was a member of Boy Scout Troop 4, chartered to St. Ann Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1945 and served as Scoutmaster for his troop for 2 years. It was while attending the National Jamboree in 1950 that he felt the calling to serve God.

Monsignor Brady was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1955. His first assignment was as an associate pastor for Holy Redeemer (Kensington, MD) before becoming the first chaplain for Holy Cross Hospital (Silver Spring, MD). In the late 1960s he was an associate pastor for Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Washington, DC) and Saint John the Baptist (Silver Spring). In 1974 Brady became the pastor at Saint Joseph Pomfret (Charles County, MD). He went on to pastor at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church (Prince Frederick, MD) and Holy Angels Catholic Church (Avenue, MD).

Between 1960-1966 Brady served as the Scout chaplain for Philmont Scout Reservation (Cimarron, NM). When the National Capital Area Council opened Goshen Scout Reservation outside Lexington (VA) in 1967, Brady gave the invocation at the opening ceremony and has served as a camp chaplain during the past 43 years. His dedication to his faith, to Scouting and to Goshen Scout Reservation is legendary.

Monsignor John B. Brady retired from being a pastor in 2005. He is an avid canoeist, singer, songwriter and outdoorsman.

You may remember, Msgr. Brady was the Goshen Catholic Chaplain this past summer. We attended the Mass he celebrated (and our troop served as servers and lectors).

At our 50th Anniversary, he con-celebrated the Mass at St. John's.

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