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.

See our website at

Donations should be addressed to: Nazareth House Apostolate, 185 Captains Cove Drive, Taylorsville, Kentucky 40071.

Important Notice: All writings, posts, graphics & photographs in this blog are the copyrighted property of (unless otherwise indicated) Nazareth House Media, a division of Nazareth House Apostolate and cannot be copied, printed or used without written permission from NHA Media, Taylorsville, KY.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Travel to Guinea for Burial Rights of Pa Barrie (Day 2)

Meeting Pa Barrie's extended Family: James Mansaray, Freetown

Day two was a little bit relaxed for we were on the better side of the road to Coyah town linking the capital Conakry and the Provinces. Here I finally got hold of Mama Vicki and my family back at St. Laurence house before heading to Kindia in another full car. After two hours we were there and we met several family (Barrie) members waiting, some crying and mourning together. I was greeted with peace, love, and tears of joy. At the grave side we said a prayer and back at the house I greeted the family and explained that I was sent by Fr. Hick's, the best friend of the late man. Their mouths were full of thanks and love for us to come that far to mourn with them.

After greeting and spending time with them, arrangements were made to mark the grave well, food and transportation money from NHA given to see that Mama Marianna and Jaria returned back to Freetown after the funeral rights were all observed. I was off again on the road. This time alone and it was the third day.

They all escorted me out of the compound with tears still on. I tried to keep mine but could not control it and at the end was in tears too, till I reach the bus station.

Tomorrow: more discomforts of the road