Mary Patricia Brennan SCN

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

November 3, 2023

Mary Patricia Brennan, SCN, 100, was born April 1, 1923, in Covington, Kentucky, to Lawrence Vail Brennan and Magdalene Noll. She died on Oct. 31, 2023, in Louisville, Kentucky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 79 years.

She was named Catherine Esther at birth. Catherine, after her father’s sister, and Esther because she was born on Easter Sunday. She was one of eight children.

Sister Mary Patricia’s earliest ministries were in education. She taught third grade at Blessed Mother in Owensboro, Kentucky, and eighth grade at St. Raphael in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, and St. Joseph School in Bardstown, Kentucky. In the summers, she continued her education at Brescia College and later at Boston College. She served as the supervisor of student teachers at Nazareth College and as principal of Holy Family in Louisville, Kentucky. As a supervisor at the Catholic School Office in Louisville, she had responsibility for 30 schools.

After retiring from education, Sister Mary Patricia wanted to care for the elder Sisters. She studied nursing at Northern Kentucky University. She was a staff nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, until 1984.

She served her SCN Community as secretary for the vocation office in Louisville and as a coordinator and nurse for the Sisters at Nazareth.

She is survived by her sister, Patricia Brennan Cardosi of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, her extended family, and her religious community, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

The Funeral Mass will be on Monday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, and Wake at 6:30 p.m. All will be held at St. Vincent Church, Nazareth, Kentucky. Burial will follow in the Nazareth Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Houghlin Greenwell Funeral Home, 1475 New Shepherdsville Road, Bardstown, Ky. 40004. Memorials may be offered to the Office of Mission Advancement, PO Box 9, Nazareth, Ky., 40048.


  1. Jessica Koury

    Aunt Esther is and will be missed by all of her nieces, nephews and their families. We were blessed to have her in our lives, praying for all of us in his times and bad. May she continue blessing our family and her SCN family from heaven above.

  2. Rita Davis, SCN

    Those are such lovely photos of Mary Pat. May she now bless us all from heaven.


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