Why SSJE: Mariam Patrose

Mariam PatroseThe first time I came to SSJE, over twenty years ago, I found only five or six souls attending the Eucharist at St. Mary’s altar. Coming from India where every small occasion has hordes of people, I was a little taken aback. But little did I know that this was soon to become my spiritual home away from home. The chapel that I found mostly empty when I started coming here in 1986 is now full and that fills my heart with joy. This transformation is a testament to the good works of the brothers who have made it an inviting and welcoming environment for many like me. I feel the monastery on Memorial Drive is my spiritual sanctuary and I feel blessed to be able to find God among enlightened monks of the 21st century.

Mariam Patrose – Cambridge, Massachusetts

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