The Monks of Estillyen – Brother Drama

by | May 3, 2013

Drama first sensed a call to religious life at age seventeen. Not sure about a spiritual vocation, he entered college as planned, pursuing a career in medicine. Then, during his third year of studies, he had an epiphany.

Drama was reading the Second Letter of the Apostle Paul to Timothy during his morning devotion. His thoughts settled on a verse that arrested his future: “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”

It was the contrasting of the bodily with the spiritual, the temporal with the eternal that Drama could not shake. Thus to mission he turned, and his course was forever changed.

Drama’s focus on human need, though, was not lost on the Isle of Estillyen. His messages and readings are often built around Scripture passages, where human suffering and spiritual redemption meet. His is a special blend of message making.

Drama’s reading, A Cry in the Crowd, is a prime example of how his interests intersect and aid people in grasping life’s spiritual sphere. In A Cry in the Crowd, Drama recounts the tale of the distraught father, who came to Christ with his demon-possessed son. The son is gravely ill, both physically and spiritually.

The healer is Christ, whom Drama nobly depicts in his reading: God, entering the “scrum” of human need—not far and distant from suffering and pain, but engaged in the human plight. This image of Christ in the “scrum” sheds light on how Drama views his role in ministry.

His hobbies are few—hiking and a bit of jogging. His passion is in being with people. While Drama’s residence is The Monastery, therein he’s not cloistered. His hangout is the coffee bar at Three Pond Cottage. In the midst of Estillyen’s visitors he’s at home.


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