Inheriting business from mom, Milford woman crafts rosaries

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MILFORD - For Marian Eno, quality is a trait she learned from her mother.

“My mother instilled in me to work until it becomes second nature,” Eno said.

She has kept this lesson in her current business, Simple Rosaries, on the webpage Etsy.com.

Her mother, Gayle, founded Queen of Peace Rosaries in Hopedale in the 1990s as a way to create more durable rosary beads. She would loop the beads twice, making them harder to break and fall apart. She along with using fine materials, including gemstones and sterling silver. Her business was noticed locally as well as internationally, and orders came from all over the world.

With Gayle’s death in 2016, Eno took over making rosary beads and began her own business. Eno continues making rosaries in the same style as her mother, with double reinforced beads to help prevent breakage.

“They’re really high-quality,” Eno said of her beads. “They stay sturdy over time.”

She noted as well that rosary beads become heirlooms for many families. It is important for them to last for generations, a sentiment passed on by her mother.

While not as big as her mother’s business, Eno has been surprised by the orders she has gotten.

“I’m just in awe,” she said. “I never thought it would be possible to reach that many people by myself.”

She recently had 20 orders in less than a week. Her success can be partly attributed to the Rev. John Zuhlsdorf, a Catholic priest with a large following and a friend of Gayle, who wrote about her business in his blog, “Fr. Z’s Blog,” after she reached out to him.

In the blog post, Zuhlsdorf praised Gayle’s work in making rosaries and encouraged readers to visit Eno’s Etsy page. “I am sure it will be as amazing as Gayle’s were,” Zuhlsdorf said on the quality of a rosary Eno said she was sending to him. “Even if were half as amazing, and as strong, it would be a fine rosary.”

Her business hasn’t reached the international level of her mother’s, but she has already noted interest from buyers in Japan, Ireland, Italy and South America.

The business takes up most of her day, though she also finds time to tutor for Sylvan In-Home in Worcester County. She tutors reading and writing for children in kindergarten through Grade 12.

Her skills from her mother transitioned to tutor as well. One of those skills was learning to understand, a valuable trait for tutoring.

“I try to remain patient with my students and see where they’re coming from, and get them to that point where it’s second nature,” Eno said.

After graduating from Assumption College in 2014, she worked as a waitress before becoming a tutor. According to Eno, slowing down was an important aspect that she needed to learn when she became a tutor.

Slowing down, though, has proved to be a successful method and she, along with the children she tutors, have benefited because of it. She has taken joy in seeing children develop and “learn something they didn’t know before,” Eno said.

The most rewarding part of tutoring?

“You don’t think you’re making that much of a difference until it happens,” Eno said.