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.
In 2014, Kevin Frank was interviewed by Grant Reeher on WRVO for NPR for a series on poverty. His interview compels people into action and is worth listening to. Click to Listen.
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 Ktfrankbfc@gmail.com
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.
Trevor Williams email@example.com
Trevor Williams joined Brady Faith Center as the Center Coordinator June, 2011. He brings to his current position extensiveadministrative and programming experience and a calling to serve those who are in need.
Keith Cieplicki firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Cieplick became the Coordinator of Jail Ministry in the summer of 2012. About 10 years ago, Keith moved with his family to work at Syracuse University. From there he was called by Jesus to a life of service and worked at Catholic Charities for the Oxford Street Inn Homeless Shelter. Keith is inspired by the Gospel, Mother Theresa and the Catholic Worker Movement.
Emily Nisco-Frank email@example.com
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.
Emmanuel Flowers firstname.lastname@example.org
Emmanuel Flowers joined the Brady Faith Center as a Lead Instructor in the Summer Program- Vacation Bible School July, 2012. In September, 2012 he was promoted to the position of Program Assistant. He currently works with children in the Youth and Family Outreach and Faith Formation. He is a disabled veteran with three years of college, and certified in: Emotive Therapy, Structural Learning Therapy, and Conflict Resolution.
Mr. Jonnie Philips
Jonnie Philips joined the Brady Faith Center in 1997 with primary responsibility for building maintenance until 2010. Since 2010, he is responsible for all custodial work at the center.
Andrea Jacobs email@example.com
Andrea Jacobs began working with Kevin and Brady Faith Center while co-organizing Summer Servants, a local mission trip for teenagers. She now works organizing “Come and See,” a new kind of retreat ministry that connects people of different locations, stories, wealth, and walks of faith. She is excited to combine her past talents as a full-time youth minister with her passion for bringing people together in mutual service opportunities.
Jessi Lyons firstname.lastname@example.org Jessi Lyons joined Brady Faith as the urban farm coordinator in January 2016. Jessi brings a background in community gardens and program coordination, a passion for food justice and growing community through food.
A Celebration of Brady in 2016
A lot happens at the Brady Faith Center on the South Side of Syracuse NY- we’ve grown from 7 to 21 programs in just 6 years! Take 5 minutes and watch this video as it highlights much of what happens. You will get a taste of the joyful spirit, the caring community, and the inspiring people of 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.
Who We Are
Brady Faith Center operates with a small staff and a large network of volunteers. Featured below are just some of the people who make Brady Faith Center programming possible.
Father John Schopfer
Jail Ministry Coordinator
Come and See Retreat Coordinator
Urban Farm Coordinator
Mark Cass President Randy Wolken Vice President Howard Triche Vice President Mara Roberts Secretary
Linda McHugh Treasurer
Andrew Lunetta Board rep to Exec. Comm
Dr. James Duah-Ageyman
James J. Barry, Jr.
Judge Julie Cecile
Andrew S. Lunetta
The Brady Faith Center is able to carry out its mission with the support of more than 200 wonderful parent,youth, and community volunteers. We are grateful to all of the volunteers who bless us with their time and energy in support of Brady Faith Center programming.