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, February 2, 2010

It just keeps getting better...

I'm sure that you are aware of how extraordinary your Nazareth House Staff in Sierra Leone is. They all excel in all they do. James, who tirelessly delivers the needs to the poor as provided by Nazareth House.
James with Ann Marie at the School Award Ceremony

He will do whatever it takes to see that your compassion is spread out all over Sierra Leone and every donation is specifically and individually given in the manner it is intended. ...and then document it with photos so you are able to see your work complete! I cannot say enough about this brave and selfless young man - I love him so much!

And also, there is Kadijah, who provides the boost James needs to accomplish the task. She tends to the family, and all day long she is serving the poor.
Kadijah with Ann Marie as she is awarded at school.

Whether it be handing out a meal to those she spies in need or giving shelter or clothing. She is always ready and willing to meet the need before others even recognize it. My heart belongs to her, just like to James. The two of them compliment and build each other up. Nazareth House is totally blessed to have them as our staff in Sierra Leone.

Together with James and Kadijah, their children also make up our staff. It is a family unit working together to make possible the works of Nazareth House.
Lucy with Ann Marie as she displays her award.

Ann Marie was awarded this past week for her academic excellence.

Ann Marie with her award and little Roo.

Lucy,Ann Marie and even little Roo work very hard to distribute to the poor and make possible our work.

Just before Christmas, we shared the joy of Lucy's academic achievements and enjoyed the photos of this honor in one of our blog post.

Today, we honor Ann Marie Parker
for her high achievements in school. She too, is one of the top students in her class.
On Monday, her school had their honor ceremony. We are so proud of Ann Marie, of her determination and dedication.
Like Lucy, the two of these girls work very hard and maintain top student status in their classroom.
Ann Marie is studying to become a lawyer. A woman lawyer focusing her legal knowledge for the poor.
She told Fr. Seraphim a few years back that in her "country only the rich have access to lawyers, she wants to be a lawyer so that the poor will have the same access"