From her childhood and youth the future abbess was in constant contact with holy Archbishop John (Maximovitch) and from the age of nine sang and read in the choir. Contact with such a great saint left a special imprint on her life.
Mother Tamara was such a simple and decent person that the abbess’s quarters at the convent were open for everyone almost any time through her abbacy. She didn’t even have a doorbell! Truly it was a common, maternal home where everyone met, shared meals, received blessings, advice and instruction, and so on. Mother Tamara was wholly attached to her beloved convent, and over her tenure on the Mount of Olives she only left it twice, when she had to go on long journeys.