Beyond a Life of Purpose is a Life of Being Present with Judith Valente

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Judith Valente is a former staff writer for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal and is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism. Valente contributes to the US Catholic magazine and National Catholic Reporter. Besides her life as a journalist, she’s a poet, retreat leader, TV & Radio Producer, and Benedictine lay Associate. 

Judith Valente and Brother Paul Quenon, OCSO are co-authors of a book of letters entitled:

  • How to Be: A Monk and a Journalist Reflect on Living & Dying, Purpose & Prayer, Forgiveness & Friendship (Hampton Roads 2021)

 Brother Paul Quenon, OCSO entered the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani in 1958 at the age of 17. He’s the author of the memoir In Praise of the Useless Life and several books of poetry. Thomas Merton was his novice master and spiritual director. 

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Host: Justine Willis Toms   Interview Date: 4/8/2022   Program Number: C0553

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