Sister Brendan Fry, OSB
February 27, 1918 - June 17, 2017
Sister Brendan Fry, OSB, 99, a Benedictine sister of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kans., died Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the monastery. The vigil service will be Wednesday, June 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the monastery chapel, and the Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated there on Thursday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m.
Sister Brendan was born in Paxico, Kansas, to Aloysius and Pauline Hund Fry on Feb. 27, 1918. After graduating from Mount St. Scholastica Academy, she entered the Mount community in 1940. She made her monastic profession in 1942 and died shortly before she would have celebrated her diamond jubilee of 75 years of monastic profession. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Mount St. Scholastica College and a master’s degree in administration from Creighton University. She taught and was also principal in elementary schools in Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska for 45 years. She also served as subprioress of the Mount community from 1962 to 1967.
Sister Brendan was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Mildred Burg and Lorene Rogers; and her brother Father Timothy Fry, O.S.B. She is survived by a nephew, Michael Burg; nieces Brenda Berardy and Beverly Rogers, and her monastic family. Arensberg Pruett Funeral Home (arensbergpruett.com) is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be sent to Mount St. Scholastica or made online at the Mount’s web site (www.mountosb.org).
Reflection for Sister Brendan Fry
Sister Delores Dolezal, OSB | June 21, 2017
Proverbs 3:13-18 Ephesians 4:1-6 John 6:51-58
"the one who feeds on Me will have life because of Me.” We heard these words in our Gospel reading; and tonight we gather in memory of Sister Brendan Fry, who believed these words of Christ and tried to live them faithfully for some 99 years. Now she is joined to Christ in His resurrection by her faith and baptism. Wisdom has dressed her for dancing! God brings her home! Home to total union!
We, too, try to lead a life worthy of our Baptism and faith. We have a connectedness to those who have gone before us. Sister Brendan and the whole community of saints stand as a sign to us that wisdom is better than silver and gold; long life is with wisdom; and having her is true happiness.
Paul urges us to follow the call we have heard and to be worthy of it. We are called to recognize life everywhere in all its goodness. We are called to enable ourselves and others to enter into healthy relationships, to share goodness, to preserve goodness, and yes, to increase goodness.
Each of us has lived a life different from one another. Like Sister Brendan, each of us has heroically overcome trials never faced by others and, likewise, has extended love in ways still new to our own selfish mind. And yet, we are one body, one spirit. We have one God and Father. We who feed on Christ have one life forever.
Joan Chittister writes: “We all need heroes. We all need someone in our lives who brings courage. We all need to get to know how the Christian life looks at its best, at its most difficult, at its most joyous.” Dear Sister Brendan, thank you for being that “someone.” We miss you. We remember how you were faithful to the struggle even to the end. How you lived life whole heartedly.
With Benedict and Scholastica and the communion of saints we pray: may Christ bring us all together to everlasting life.