Mother Miriam, CSM, will be our guest preacher at Choral Evensong on Sunday, Febraury 28. You’ll find more information about Mother Miriam below.
Mother Miriam made her life profession as a sister in the Community of Saint Mary in 1983 and was elected ninth Mother Superior of the Eastern Province of the order in 1996. Mother Miriam holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Rollins College, Winter Park, FL and an MBA in management systems and strategic planning from Fordham University, New York. She worked at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children and St. Mary’s Foundation for Children for six years in administration and public relations and retired as Chairman of the Hospital Board in 1999. Having moved the Eastern Province’s Motherhouse to the Diocese of Albany’s Christ the King Spiritual Life Center in 2003, Mother is presently working “in her spare time” to finish the requirements for a Nashotah House Masters in Sacred Theology.
The Community of St. Mary, the oldest monastic community in the United States was founded in 1865 in New York City. The Mother Foundress’s vision was to bring prayer and work together in a balanced life of service to the Church in whatever work a woman was capable of doing. In its 150 years of monastic life, the Sisters evolved its mixed active and contemplative modes from institutional works of charity to a more Benedictine model of a balanced life of prayer, manual labor, and study.
The work of the Sisters expanded to a new convent in Luwinga, Mzuzu, Malawi, south central Africa in 2002. The primary work of the Community there is the same contemplative prayer of the Motherhouse with service to the poor of Malawi as resources become available. The Sisters in Africa work with young orphans and women in Bible study, prayer, and altar guild training programs for the Diocese of Northern Malawi, and feeding programs for AIDS orphans and St. Tereza’s Orphan Choir.
In the near future their Holy Innocents’ Nursery School will open for 20 children of the neighborhood, ages 3-5.