Father Jude Returns As Director Of Pastoral Formation

Father Jude Brady, O.S.B., has returned to Saint Vincent Seminary in a new role, as director of pastoral formation. Father Jude has, for the past 14 years, served as pastor of Saint Benedict Parish, Carrolltown, and has been one of the pastors actively involved with working with newly-ordained deacons from the Seminary during their fourth year of Seminary studies. He will also serve on the adjunct faculty. He previously served as an instructor in spirituality (1981-1989), director of spiritual life (1983-1989), and director of counseling services (1984-1989).

While at Saint Benedict, in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, he has served as a consulting psychologist for the Marriage Tribunal of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown (2009-present), a spiritual consultant for the Diocese (2007-present), a spiritual consultant for the TOR Franciscans in Loretto (2009-present), and he served on the Presbyteral Council for the Diocese (2010-2021). He served as the vicar/dean of the Prince Gallitzin Deanery for a three-year term, as well as parish administrator of Saint Nicholas Church, Nicktown, while continuing his responsibilities in Carrolltown (2015-2021).

His previous work at Saint Vincent College included providing psychological counseling at the Counseling and Placement Center (1975-1980), serving as a staff member for Campus Ministry (1979-1980), director of counseling (1981-1983) and member of the Board of Directors (1995-2007, 2016-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 formation faculty of Saint Mark’s Seminary (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, 2020-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. During that time he was also consulting and counseling psychologist for the Diocese of Savannah (1999-2007) and for the Diocese of Charleston (2000-2007).

Father Jude, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, graduated from St. Luke’s High School, Ho-Ho-Kus, in 1963. He 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. 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).

He entered the Saint Vincent monastic community on July 1, 1974, and made his simple profession of vows on July 10, 1975, and his solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1978. He received a master of divinity degree in 1979 from Saint Vincent Seminary, and was ordained a priest on May 24, 1980.

He earned 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.

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 chairman (1985-1989). He serves on the Archabbey Committee on Investments (1995-present).

He serves as first counselor for Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, Richmond (2019-present), was communications consultant for Saint Procopius Abbey, Lisle, Illinois (2019-2020), and community facilitator for Saint Andrew Abbey, Cleveland (2020).

He has written numerous articles on the religious life and spiritual life for both Priest Magazine and Our Sunday Visitor.