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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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Meet Lucy Jamestina Mansaray, St. Laurence House, Sierra Leone


Birthdate: September 24, 1996

Introducing an up and coming accountant that we should all keep our EYE on is Lucy Mansaray of St. Laurence House. Nazareth House's story began with Lucy in the year 2000, when her father, James met Fr. Seraphim.
Sweet Lucy is the first born of James and Kadijah Mansaray. To be as young as she is, she has weathered much difficulty during her lifetime; having been born in the middle of the Civil War in Sierra Leone and survived through the height of it.

This is a credit to her parents' incredible "savvy-ness" and her own level head, good judgment and quick thinking. Lucy delivering rice to a woman in need. Notice the poor lady is holding Lucy's hand with her two amputated stumps. (Click on photo to enlarge)
Despite the traumatic struggles in her environment, Lucy always shines forth a bright smile.

From the first meeting of Lucy into Nazareth House, she became a child of prayer; in particular, the Rosary.
As a very young lady, Lucy would pray and teach to the Rosary to everyone she meets.

A few years ago, while in Sierra Leone, I became violently ill. To be honest, I thought there was a real chance that I would not make it through the night. At one point, as I lay at St. Laurence House, I felt a presence at the foot of my bed. As I opened my eyes, there sat Lucy. "Mama, I want to pray with you" she said. She held my hand and prayed the most beautiful, tender, sweet prayers. I will never forget that moment and how dear it is to me.

Lucy has grown into a spectacular and brilliant young lady. She continues, year after year, to win honors in her schooling.

Nazareth House is honored to support her in her education. She now attends the Lebananese International School in Freetown,having chose this school for its specialty in accounting.

Lucy is very active in Nazareth House work. Helping out in all aspects of the humanitarian aid deliveries and mission work.

A talented and special young lady, We Love You, Lucy!