A Conversation with Dr. Paschal Baute

July 26, 2014

Dr. Baute as "Paschal the Rascal" Spellbinder Storyteller

Dr. Baute as “Paschal the Rascal” Spellbinder Storyteller

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I met Paschal at a storytelling event five years ago at Common Grounds coffee shop in Lexington. I was captivated by his storytelling.  I have enjoyed getting to know him and his life story. We had a wonderful conversation at his home in rural Fayette County, KY. His home has served as his office for his psychotherapy practice, a retreat center and an outdoor marriage destination.

Paschal was born and baptized Bernard, to a physician father and nurse mother. He is also a grandson of a Somerset, Kentucky physician. He received the name “Paschal” as a Benedictine monk and kept that name when he resigned after 16 years in the monastery of St. Leo, Florida. There he also taught school, coached sports, and was the first Dean of Student Affairs at St. Leo College, now Saint Leo University.

His early faith was nourished by the sisters of Lorette, whose motherhouse and retreat house at Knobs Haven he still visits regularly.

Paschal is blessed in having several avenues for service including hosting interfaith peer mentoring groups for spiritual growth, a prison ministry, storytelling, a wedding chapel ministry for people of all faiths, teaching HRM for Midway College, bridging body mind spirit disciplines for total wellness and writing.

Together with Janette Osborne Mobley, (his snow bunny partner who got the entire family into downhill skiing for her 50th birthday) they have three children and three grandchildren.

Paschal has worn many work hats: Athletic Director, U. S., Army enlisted, monk, coach (high school, college and military), priest, psychotherapist, community activist, educator, writer, organizational psychologist and lately, storyteller.

Paschal graduated from Kentucky Military Institute and has several degrees: St. Benedict College (B. S.), University of Notre Dame, (A. B. ,cum laude), Loyola University of Chicago, (M.A. Psychology), University of Pennsylvania, (Ed. D. Psychology and Marriage Counseling) and a divinity degree from St. Leo Abbey Seminary.

He is also a prolific writer with several titles to his credit.

We talk about much of this and more.

Paschal’s memoir,  Resilience of a Dream Catcher, is available on Smashwords and you can read an interview they did with him HERE.

This book is available through various outlets. It was released in January 2014. Information is available HERE.

Websites mentioned are

Paschal’s  www.paschalbaute.com      Amazing Grace Wedding Chapel      Kentucky Story Telling Association

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