Life at Gethsemani Abbey: Poetry of Thomas Merton and Paul Quenon
When: Friday, December 4 at 7:00pm
Where: Vanderbilt Divinity School Reading Room 124
Brother Paul Quenon has been a monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani for 57 years. He received his initial training as a novice under Thomas Merton. Originally from West Virginia, Paul has retained a love for hills, fields and woodlands. His poetry continues Merton’s lyrical celebration of community life and solitude, silent meditation and love of natural things in the monastic countryside–and above all, love of the Mystery that overshadows us all. Brother Paul has published six books of poetry, most recently Unquiet Vigil (Paracletes Press), The Art of Pausing (Acta Publications) and Bells of the Hours (Fons Vitae). He is a cantor, a community cook and has photographic skills which are to be found in the recently published Monks Road: Gethsemani Abbey’s Journey into the 21st Century.