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James Moore
Lives in Aurora, NY
Tell us something about yourself

My wife, Banu, and I are Presbyterian co-pastors, and we have served several churches in New York. Among my likes: music (ambient/space music and progressive rock, among other genres), Star Trek, vampires, winter, and sleeping! Among my dislikes: onions, hot weather, and snarkiness!


Why are you an oblate?

I was introduced to Mount St. Benedict when we lived in Jamestown, NY. My wife had visited a few times for spiritual direction. Then she told me that men also were welcome! So I came with her a couple of times, and we attended a Sunday worship service. I always sensed the holy, peaceful spirit of the place. Upon finding out about the oblate program, I knew that it was for me. It enabled me to formalize my ties and to be open to the monastic way.

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