In the spirit of Father Brady, the Brady Faith Center (BFC) strives to serve as an ‘Oasis for Peace, Hope, and Justice’ in the south side of Syracuse. Over the years, the programs of the Brady Center has evolved to greater serve and support the needs of the surrounding community. Sometimes, the best way to understand the impact of an organization’s mission is through the telling of stories. On this page, we periodically add new stories to share with our site visitors. Some stories may be conveyed through video like the ones below. Other stories may be told simply in text, or even in pictures. We hope you enjoy learning more about us through this site.
Watch the video below to preview much of what we do and who we are:
Father John Schopfer
Father John Schopfer is the Pastoral Director for the Brady Faith Center. He has served in this position for many years to meet the spiritual needs of individuals and families in the neighborhoods of Syracuse’s South West Community.
Kevin Frank joined Brady Faith Center as the Executive Director on May 3, 2010. Formerly the pastoral associate at St. Lucy’s Church, Mr. Frank brings extensive experience working in the urban community to this position. Please view a video interview with Kevin Frank to learn more about his background and the journey that brought him to the Brady Faith Center.
Linda McHugh ???
Linda McHugh joined Brady Faith Center as a member of the Board in 2008, holding the positions of Secretary and Treasurer. In 2020 she became a Staff member with many prior years of Financial experience
Emily Nisco-Frank joined the Brady Faith Center as Program Coordinator in 2011. In a half-time role she coordinates numerous ministries and programs combining her multiple passions and gifts into a tapestry of celebration, loving relationships and service. Emily also leads the Sunday morning 9:00 am music ministry at St. Lucy’s Church.
Jessi Lyons is a native of the Pacific NW but has been happy to call Syracuse home since 2006. At the Brady Farm, Jessi gets to combine her background in ecology and community development with her passion for food, agriculture and people. She loves to teach food preservation and experiment with eating and growing.
Julia Nosovitch joined Brady Faith Center in 2016. She currently coordinates the Pedal to Possibilities program, and assists with grant writing. She brings many years of experience in nonprofit organizations to her work at Brady.
Samuel De La Paz
Tracy Underwood joined Brady in January 2023 as the inaugural Director of Fund Development. Tracy brings years of development annual fund experience. She is eager to use her skills and is grateful to have been called into her position at Brady.
Personal Memories of Father Brady
As the window of opportunity for Father Brady’s stories begin to dwindle, we’ve decided to contact close friends of Father Brady. In this video, we encounter many stories of Father Brady and his legacy in the community as well as how he touched the lives of many individuals. The intent of this video is to receive engaging and powerful personal memories of Father Brady and making it possible for others to see the mission and vision of Father Brady.
Introducing Kevin Frank’s Journey to the Brady Faith Center
This video introduces Kevin Frank as the incoming executive director of the Brady Faith Center in Summer 2010.