CORVALLIS, Ore. - Paula Huston, an accomplished author who discovered the "spiritual disciplines" after 20 years of writing fiction, will visit the Oregon State University campus Nov. 6-7 for a pair of presentations that comprise the fifth annual OSU Newman Lecture on Faith and the University.

The lectures are sponsored by the OSU Newman Center, the Department of Philosophy, and St. Mary's Catholic Church.

On Monday, Nov. 6, Huston will give the Newman Lecture at OSU on "The University and the Pursuit of Holiness." It begins at 4 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 208.

On Tuesday, Nov. 7, she will speak at St. Mary's Church on "The Parish and the Pursuit of Holiness." Her talk begins at 6:30 p.m. at the church, located at 501 N.W. 25th St. in Corvallis.

Both talks are free and open to the public.

Huston is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, "Daughters of Song," as well as numerous short stories that have been published in North American Review, American Short Fiction, and Best American Short Stories. She also has written three books on spiritual life, including the recently published "Pilgrim Heart: A Christian Journey Eastward."

She has a forthcoming book in production due in 2007 that will be published by Loyola Press.

"For many years, I have been associated with a monastic community near my home and have been trying to build some of the practices of this contemplative way of life into my own very different life," Huston said. "In my writings, I look to the ancient Christian disciplines such as solitude, fasting, frugality, manual labor and hospitality in search of a way to free my life of unnecessary distractions."

Huston has taught writing and literature at the California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. She and her husband live in Arroyo Grande, Calif., and have four grown children.

The Newman Lecture series was begun by the Newman Center to bring to campus a leading Catholic intellectual who will engage students, faculty and the community on issues of "faith and the university."

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Sue Gifford,