Brother Bernard Seif, SMC, EdD, DNM
Brother / Doctor Bernard Seif, SMC, EdD, DNM is a Christian monk with private monastic vows in the Roman Catholic and Salesian traditions. He is also vowed and knighted in the Sacred Medical Order of the Knights of Hope. Brother Bernard is a Clinical Psychologist, Board Certified in Behavioral Medicine. He is a Doctor of Natural Medicine (Board Certified) specializing in Chinese Medicine with sub-specialties in Medical Qigong and Chinese medicinal herbs. Doctor Seif is a National Qigong Association Certified Level IV Qigong Teacher, an NQA Certified Advanced Clinical Therapist, a Lifetime Professional NQA member, a member of the NQA certification committee, former Ethics Chair, has served on the NQA Board of Directors, and is a member of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong (Beijing). He has authored numerous professional papers as well as the entertaining and informative OFFICE OF THE DEAD monastic mystery book series.
After earning his doctorate in Counseling at Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, Brother Bernard completed his post-doctoral clinical experience and examinations and was licensed as a Psychologist in both Maryland (presently inactive) and Pennsylvania. After five years of post-doctoral Behavioral Medicine experience, he was also Board Certified in Behavioral Medicine. Doctor Seif later entered the 4,200 hour Bridge Program for licensed health professionals of the state-authorized Arkansas College of Natural Health, Waldron, Arkansas and received his DNM degree. Doctor Seif's natural medicine hospital rotations were at the Army Hospital, Navy Hospital, and Xi Yuan Hospital, all in Beijing China.
Brother Bernard enjoys hiking, meditating, studying Mandarin, and is grateful for his friends and family. He maintains a clinical-pastoral practice, offers retreats and workshops throughout the United States and Asia, and does some medical missionary work there. His hermitage-style monastery is in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.
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NIGHT PRAYER from the Office of the Dead
A centuries-old cycle of fear and death spans China, Europe, and America, and it falls upon the shoulders of a simple Christian monk and his companions to break that spell. Sixteenth Century France bursts into life for Twenty-first Century Brother Francis O’Neil through ancient parchments that have mysteriously come into his hands in China—along with their dangerous legacy.
VESPERS Evening Prayer from the Office of the Dead
There is a fine line between spirituality and magic. One emerges from the depths of who we are, the other out of illusion. This distinction is pivotal in VESPERS: Evening Prayer from the Office of the Dead. The magical island of Kauai Hawaii provides a fragrant setting for readers to join Abbot Francis as he continues along his spiritual path in this fifth installment in the series.
DAYTIME PRAYER from the Office of the Dead
Meditation and medicine are the worlds Brother Francis and his Canadian protégé, Andre, set out to explore in India. They live in the region of the Dalai Lama, north India, then retreat to south India and the captivating Christian ashram of the late Benedictine monk Bede Griffiths. Characters from the three complete earlier monastic mystery books in the series continue to evolve.
MORNING PRAYER from the Office of the Dead
The mystery team is at it again! This time the six good friends travel to the land of mystery and intrigue--Tibet--via Nepal and Bangkok. Having started their journey, but not even out of America yet, they are drawn into a search for an ancient Dorje--a scepter-like object used during Tibetan Buddhist prayer services. The Dorje quickly becomes the least of their challenges. Book three.
VIGILS from the Office of the Dead
Openness to letting life unfold resolves most mysteries sooner or later. It is the "later" part that is the real challenge in life, and monastic life is no exception. The schedule of a monastery revolves around the Liturgy of the Hours marking the various phases of the day and night. Danger and opportunity in Hong Kong have no such timetable, however. Book two in the series.
OFFICE OF THE DEAD
Monasticism, medicine, and clinical psychology are far from boring in the contemporary Brother Cadfael type murderous adventure. OFFICE OF THE DEAD has just enough romance, spiritual conflict, and humor in it to warm, disturb, and jump start your heart. This is the first complete monastic mystery in a series where the characters develop and adventures move to various countries.
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