JOHNSBURG-Sister Mary Brady, RSCJ, one of the founding members in 1992 of North Country Ministry, will be retiring June 1 from her position as director of the Ministry's Baby's Place.
She became a half-time staff member in September of 2000, and while working with parents and other caregivers of infants and toddlers recognized their need for practical assistance and parenting education and support. The Baby's Place was "born" in North Creek in 2004 and subsequently in the Warrensburg Center in 2009.
A playgroup was also formed and today continues to flourish. The Baby's Place provides baby and maternity clothing and other baby necessities, together with casework and ongoing parenting support to at least 60 families each month.
Sister Mary will be succeeded by Warrensburg resident, Christine Langworthy whom she has mentored for the past year and a half. Langworthy, who has two young children of her own, has an extensive background working five years with young children and their families in programs offered at the Center for the Disabled, one year as site director of the YMCA Daycare Program and two years as a family support worker at Catholic Charities' Healthy Schenectady Families' Home Visiting Program.
An open house in Sister Mary's honor will be held May 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Grace's Restaurant, the former Merrill Magee House, in Warrensburg.
Anyone who has been touched by her gentle hand of hope is encouraged to attend.