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Trappist Monk Paul Quenon Travels from Gethsemani to Nazareth, April 12-13

  • Published: April 04, 2012

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 Dr. Christine Bochen, the William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies, at (585) 389-2728 or cbochen4@naz.edu

Media: Julie Long (585) 389-2456

Trappist Monk Paul Quenon Travels from Gethsemani to Nazareth, April 12-13

The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies proudly presents a talk by Paul Quenon, O.C.S.O, a Trappist monk who has lived for more than 50 years at the Abbey of Gethsemani in rural Kentucky where the famous monk and write Thomas Merton was his novice master. Quenon’s talk, Poetry, Prayer, and the Play of God, is April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Shults Community Center Forum.  Quenon will also present a second lecture, Seeing with a Poet’s Eye: Photography as Spiritual Practice, on Friday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m. in the Linehan Chapel of the Golisano Academic Center. Both are free and open to the public. For further information, contact Dr. Christine Bochen, the William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies, at (585) 389-2728 or cbochen4@naz.edu. Nazareth is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618.

Quenon is a poet and photographer whose words and images offer a glimpse of the life of modern-day monks. Sharing his wisdom and wit, he illustrates the monastic life as an ordinary life lived in extraordinary awareness of God’s presence.

Poetry is for Quenon “the language of the heart... the language of the imagination.” Writing poetry, he says, can be a meditative practice, as can photography. Quenon’s poetry collections include Laughter, My Purgatory (2002) and Monkswear (2008), a collection of poems and photographs that offers insight into what it is like to be a monk. He co-edited the creative writing collection Monkscript: Literature, Arts, Spirituality, and Photography (2002) and co-authored Holy Folly: Short and Tall Tales from the Abbey of Gethsemani (1999).

The theme of this year’s Shannon Lecture Series is Awakening the Heart: The Art(s) of Faith, and featured four lecturers who have dedicated their lives to combining the arts with their faith. Individual speakers share their creative abilities such as poetry, musical performance, painting, photography, and television and the impact they have had on their faith.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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