Pray to Love: A Contemplative Life

Pray to Love: A Contemplative Life

by Anne Goetze
Pray to Love: A Contemplative Life

Pray to Love: A Contemplative Life

by Anne Goetze


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For decades, award-winning artist Anne Goetze documented the closed-cloister Visitation Order of contemplative nuns in Annecy, France. As she explored their quiet world in depth through her art, it soon developed into a series called Pray to Love.

The body of paintings and photographs grew when Goetze traveled with the exhibit to the remaining monasteries in the U.S. In her quest to better understand the faith journey of her aunt, Soeur Margarite Marie, it evolved organically and ultimately became her own.

Compelled to bring awareness to this simple yet moving way of life, especially as the numbers of Sisters dwindle, Goetze feels the importance and beauty of the contemplative women who dedicate their lives to prayer and live by example their motto: “To be a gentle presence in a violent world.”

Founded by St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal in 1610, the Visitation Order was the first contemplative order to be started by a woman, allowing admittance to widows and those that were not in the best of health. Over the centuries, the Visitation Order has spread to monasteries all over the world.

This hardcover coffee table book includes over 150 pages, featuring paintings and photographs with captions and text written by the nuns, as well as the artist’s own story. Through both the artworks and the text, this book offers many insights that change common perceptions of the religious and contemplative life. In opening a window to the contemplative life, Goetze’s art shares the gift of inspiration as it helps us to strengthen our own faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781954437975
Publisher: Clovercroft Publishing
Publication date: 10/31/2023
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 887,890
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Anne Goetze, Tennessee painter, photographer, and filmmaker was surrounded by the beauty of art at a very early age, being born into a family of generational photographers and artists. She cites her influences to be the documentary photography of Dorothea Lange during the Depression Era, and the paintings of the French and American Impressionists from the late nineteenth century. For Anne, painting offered her a complimentary medium of expression, running parallel to and intersecting with her work in photography. As a retouch artist in the music business in Nashville for years, she developed a particular technique where she combines the two mediums.

Goetze believes there is connection with God through nature and all of His creation. With a persistent love and concern for the land, she is involved with many environmental and conservation groups, helping to bring awareness through both the arts and activism.

Anne’s work is found in the permanent collections of The Tennessee State Museum, the Booth Western Art Museum, and Vanderbilt Mental Health Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Breast Cancer Center, as well as many personal collections.
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