Catholic and Dominican Institute

Contemplation in an Age of Twitter

October 06, 2014 7:00 PM
Dominican Center Room 218

With increasing demands on our time, and the white noise distractions of email, Twitter, and Facebook, is it possible to slow down, find more balance, and tap into the transcendent in the everyday? In other words, can we become ‘everyday contemplatives'? Can we return to the things that matter, the things we’ve forgotten? A nationally-acclaimed modern, married, professional journalist shows how she moved forward toward a life of greater reflection by going backwards—reclaiming the best parts of our great Catholic monastic tradition and discovering how those time-proven, ancient practices offer a saner approach to modern living, whatever your stage of life.

Judith Valente

Judith Valente is an award-winning journalist who reports for the national PBS-TV program “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly” and is also the senior correspondent for the National Public Radio affiliate, WGLT Radio, in central Illinois. She worked previously for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, where she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. She is the author of “Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith,” selected by the Catholic Press Association as the best spirituality book of 2014, and by the Religion Newswriters Association as one of the three top spirituality books of the year. She is co-author of “The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed” and two collections of poetry. Her broadcast reports have also appeared on National Public Radio and The NewsHour on PBS. She gives frequent talks across the country on work and faith and contemplative living. She was born in Bayonne, NJ, graduated from St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ, and holds a master's degree in creative writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is married to Illinois Circuit Court Judge Charles G. Reynard, her frequent writing collaborator.

Judith Valente