Bro. Ephrem (Maria)
Taylor - Pennsylvania, studied at St. John's College in Annapolis (clerical brother candidate)
I was born in Harrisburg, PA in 1988, and was brought up in Columbia, MD. I was "unchurched" for most of my early years, but became involved in a United Methodist summer camp program as a teenager. Like many young Christians, I found the writings of C.S.Lewis, which in my case led to an interest in some of the writings of the early Church Fathers and some of the lives of the Saints. Over several formative years I came closer to what seemed to me like a Catholic position.
I attended St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. I decided to be received into the Church in my senior year, and was confirmed at the 2010 Easter Vigil at St. John Neumann Church. About a year after graduation, I discerned a possible call to the religious life by visiting, among other communities, the Priory of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. I was blown away by the way of life, which seemed to combine fervent devotion to Christ with a communal life of study so seamlessly. I moved to DC to mature as a Catholic for a few years while I applied to the Province, and to get to know the brothers. I couldn't be happier that God has given me the chance to discern with this community this coming year in Cincinnati.