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Brother Jeffery Williams

I grew up in Southern Maryland, home of the Indian Head Maryland Naval base. During my high school years I was active in the music and drama department. I was also a very involved in my church on the Navy base serving as Sunday school teacher, Music Director and Youth Minister.

After high school I attended the local community college for one year while also subbing at my old high school and working for a local drug store and clothing store. In 1979 I joined the U.S. Navy. I served aboard The USS Cochrane (DDG-21) Pearl Harbor HI, VQ-4 Fleet Air Pax River, MD and the Naval Training Chaplain School Newport RI.

It was while stationed at the Chaplain school that I met LCDR (Fr.) George Dobes and he helped me with my confirmation classes, instructing me on joining the Catholic Church. It took us almost two years to complete, and it was one of the happiest days of my life.

When I was a teenager, I had dreamed of becoming a missionary and using my music to help bring the word of Jesus’ love to the world. But after my time in the service traveling around the world and moving more times than I can count, the dream of missionary work lost some of its appeal. However, I still had that feeling that I was being called to serve the church. But how? I did not feel the call to the priesthood and at the time knew nothing about serving as a “Brother.”

I lived with one community for almost a year. However, it was not what God was calling me to. In 1993 I met the community of Mary Mother of the Church Abbey. I lived with them a short while but had to leave to take care of some family issues. It was during this time I became very active in the parish I attended and my work with adults and children with special needs. But there always seemed to be a part that was missing in my life.

In January 1999 I walked back through the doors of the abbey. A year and a half later I professed my simple vows and then I made my solemn profession three years later. In my time here, I have served as the Director of the retreat center and the Abbey Gift shop manager. Presently I serve the community as the Sub-Prior, and kitchen master and cantor.

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