A quiet, contemplative tradition in Frayser comes to an end

By Updated: January 12, 2020 2:45 PM CT | Published: January 12, 2020 4:00 AM CT

As Christmas approached and 2019 came to a close, the last Catholic contemplative monastery in Tennessee quietly closed.

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Catholic Diocese of Memphis

Karen Pulfer Focht

Karen Pulfer Focht is a freelance photojournalist in Memphis and former staff photographer at The Commercial Appeal. She has won numerous awards in her career, many for in-depth projects about children and families in Memphis. Most notably, she was presented with the Society of Professional Journalists' Medallion for Distinguished Service to the American People for her series on infant mortality in Memphis, "Born to Die." Karen was recognized as one of the world's top contemporary photographers by both Magnum and LensCulture in 2017. Her work is regularly published in newspapers and magazines around the world.


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