St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Holy Week & Easter

Nazareth House extends love and greetings for a blessed Easter. There is not a lot of news coming out of Sierra Leone during the Holidays. Shops, internet cafes are closed. Sierra Leone is predominately a Muslim Country but Religious Holidays are respected by all religions of of Sierra Leone. Muslim, Christian holidays are respected by all (and celebrated by all to some extent). This is unique to most nations and Sierra Leone does it better than most.

St. Laurence House Report: Lucy passed out at church in Freetown last week, but it seems to be nothing serious and she is doing well. It is incredibly hot in Sierra Leone right now. Roo's malaria has subsided. Kadijah is dealing with a growing boil on her arm, but she's okay. Ann Marie is well. James is working hard and tired.

Many of you have reported to me that James should "keep his day job as a photojournalist and not seek desires to become a professional vocalist." I agree, although in all honesty, James can sing in lower tones and is able to do it well. I wanted to have a bit of fun with him and show something on youtube about Sierra Leone that was NOT poverty and sadness. The video simply was for fun. I hope it got across the fact that Sierra Leoneans have very little but are generally very happy people. You can view our videos at

Two Presidential Election videos have been uploaded to our You Tube Channel as well. They show the total jubilation over what the people felt as a positive democratic vote for CHANGE.

We continue to pray for the remaining funds to come in to complete the school, that is purchasing the remaining bundles of zinc and materials for the furnishings. We are so close to finishing this school project in Kabala. Hopefully it won't be much longer to we've accomplished it all.