In 2012, while working as a counselor and reading Thomas Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation, Cassidy quit her job and made a pilgrimage to all seventeen Trappist/Cistercian Monasteries of the United States. Cassidy wrote, transcribed interviews, and photographed her entire experience at these seventeen spaces.
Born and raised in Iowa, Cassidy re-routed to Los Angeles in 2013 to work as a Co-Producer on the documentary feature film IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE. The film’s success on the festival circuit and beyond has led to its upcoming theatrical release worldwide. Her quest for silence was written about in this Des Moines Register feature article by Mike Kilen.
Most recently, Cassidy was named as Secretary on the International Thomas Merton Society board for the 2017-2019 cycle and was added to the editorial staff of the Wilbur Award-Winning Blog, Sick Pilgrim.
Her pilgrimage of life has continued with visits to other sacred spaces, monasteries, various contemplative locations, and the infinite interior spaciousness within. This ongoing pilgrimage has informed her writing, art, her personal life, and her way of being.
Cassidy is available to be booked for speaking events, film presentations alongside In Pursuit of Silence, and photography. Contact Cassidy.