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Patricia Lawler Kenet attended New York University and Temple Law School and practiced law for 15 years before returning to writing. Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post and The Rumpus. Her writing can be found at patricialawlerkenet.com.
Jennifer Jones and Vincent Price in ‘The Song of Bernadette' (photo: alamy.com)
Arts & CultureTheater
Patricia Lawler Kenet
Over 80 years after Bernadette’s canonization, Frank Wildhorn has composed the music for a new stage adaptation of “The Song of Bernadette.”
Olivia Coleman in ‘The Lost Daughter’ (Netflix)
Arts & CultureFilm
Patricia Lawler Kenet
“The Lost Daughter” raises startling questions about the role of motherhood as it comes into conflict with a woman’s desire to achieve something beyond domestic responsibilities.
Arts & CultureBooks
Patricia Lawler Kenet
The tale of a medieval woman’s decision to join the convent, Marj Charlier’s historical novel, 'The Rebel Nun,' resonates with many of the issues faced by the church in modern times.
FaithFaith in Focus
Patricia Lawler Kenet
I am told that at the last moment, my mother sat up, looked towards heaven and fell back to her pillow. I chose to believe Mary came to her, took her and is with her still.
Arts & CultureFilm
Patricia Lawler Kenet
“Rebel Hearts” is an immensely satisfying experience for the viewer, especially for anyone who has chafed against the church’s powerful male hierarchy, but still yearned for belonging in its fold.
FaithFilm
Patricia Lawler Kenet
Classic “nun movies” are awash in sentimentality and melodrama, barely scratching the surface of their protagonists’ inner lives. But Patricia Lawler Kenet writes that she could not get enough of them.
FaithFaith in Focus
Patricia Lawler Kenet
I don’t want my daughter to wonder whether she is half-Catholic and half-Jewish. I want her to feel complete.