2016-01-15 / Community

Former nun to give author talk at library

South Portland Public Library will host former nun and author of “Forever Becoming,” Vivian Franck for an author talk at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Franck’s memoir chronicles journey from convent to enlightenment. Raised in Van Buren, a small town in Aroostook County, Franck was brought up in a strict religious family, and taught by nuns from grade school through high school.

“The whole town was dominated by a Catholic clergy who met no opposition or rivalry, since they were the only ‘show’ in town,” Franck said. “Early on, I felt there was something not very ‘God-like’ in the teachings we received, but knew there was nobody I could talk to about the things that bothered me.”

When the time came for Franck to leave her hometown, she decided that the best option for her was to enter a convent, which she did at 18. She remained there for 30 years, though she said, “I would periodically get the feeling that I didn’t belong there, but that I had to wait; when the right time came I would know it in the depths of my being, no question about it. And that’s exactly what happened.”

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