FATHER TARCY MATHIAS is a Franciscan priest, and Rumi lover, originally from South India. Fr. Tarcey sees many parallels between the teachings of Rumi and St. Francis, of Assisi, the Christian mystic. Father Tarcy has lived in Turkey as the chief custodian of the “House of the Virgin Mary”, outside Ephesus, for almost 20 years. Believed to be the last residence of the Virgin Mary, “Meryama” is sacred to both Christians and Muslims.