Acclaimed Poet Coming to BW to Share Insights on Spirituality


Photo:  Michael Dits
 

Brother Paul Quenon, a passionate poet and photographer who melds the solitude of being a Trappist monk with universal spirituality, will be sharing his wisdom and gentle wit on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 3 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. as guest speaker for the Theo and Belle Moll Lecture series.

Quenon, who has lived as a Trappist monk at the Catholic Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky for 50 years, was trained under Thomas Merton, an acclaimed 20th century social activist, poet and author whose brilliant writings have been revered worldwide.

Accomplished in his own right for being a talented writer who weaves emotion, vivid imagery and spirituality into his poetry and books, Quenon is a powerful presenter whose quiet presence and universal wisdom speaks to the soul. 

His book "Monkswear" includes simple yet profound images of monastic life portrayed through poetry and photography.  His work incorporates humor, reflective passages and personal accounts that inspire readers to step out of the modern world and into one of gentle beauty. 

On March 2, 7:30 p.m., Quenon will speak on “Prayer as Poetry and Play” in the Lindsay-Crossman Chapel, 56 Seminary St.  On March 3, 10 a.m., he will address ”Listening in a Monastery:  Poetry of the Moment” at the same location.  A panel discussion featuring Quenon will be held at 2 p.m. on March 3 in the Strosacker College Union (Sandstone 3), 120 E. Grand St.  These events are free and open to the public. 

The Moll Chair in Faith and Life was established in memory of Theo and Belle Moll to nourish spiritual life at Baldwin Wallace University and beyond.  Each year the chair sponsors a series of programs with guest speakers who address topics of faith and spirituality pertinent to today’s world.  The current chair holder is BW Professor of Religion Dr. Alan Kolp.  This year's theme is "In Praise of the Useless Life."

Theo Moll was the founder and director of MTD Products Inc.  Moll was first elected to the Baldwin Wallace Board of Trustees in 1965 and served as vice chairman of the Board for many years.  In 1973 Baldwin Wallace awarded Theo Moll the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters not only for his commitment to the College, but also for his leadership and dedication to the larger world of business and industry and his devotion to family and church.

For more information, please call 440-826-2325.

 
Posted 2/11 
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