Brady Bunch mum’s Catholic example remembered by screen kids

Brady Bunch mum – real name Florence Henderson – founded her life on her Catholic faith.

Henderson died aged 82 on Thursday last week.

She said in what turned out to be her final interview that throughout her life, “through good times and bad” her Catholic faith was her foundation.

” I don’t ever remember not praying.

“Bedtime prayers, the rosary, praying for friends, relatives, for the sick and for those who had died. It was a natural part of our lives,” she said.

Her on-screen Brady Bunch son Peter (Christopher Knight,) said she was “a mom you’d want to have”.

Although the hit TV series was broadcast between 1969 and 1974 in the US, people remembered her wholesome image.

For example, in an interview in 1994 she said parents still approached her to ask if certain TV shows were good for their children to watch.

“They’re responsible for this little soul they’ve brought into the world and they wonder what’s being taught,” she said.

“Very few people in our business have been a part of something that everyone seems to feel with great affection.

“They really love the characters. They love Carol Brady, everyone in it. And that it’s still going strong after so many years absolutely amazes me.”

The show “represents what everyone wants in life, and that is a loving family, unconditional love, a place to make mistakes, to get angry, to be forgiven, to forgive.”

Henderson’s Catholic faith was nurtured by her family, which had a strong Catholic traditions.

She was educated by Benedictine nuns and priests.

She also had a priest in the family; her uncle, Jesuit Father Charles Whelan, taught constitutional law at Fordham University.

Henderson’s husband, Ira Bernstein died over 30 years ago.  The couple had  four children.


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