Retired theater teacher finds peace at home

Kent Cathcart has the largest collection of Tibetan singing bowls in North America.

Kent Cathcart combined life in show business with a life of teaching in school.

For more than 30 years, Cathcart walked the halls and was a student favorite at McGavock High School. Now retired, he has eliminated all stress from his life.

His living room is home to the largest collection of Tibetan singing bowls in North America, some 1,500 years old.

“Some guys have to take aspirin for their heart,” Cathcart said. “This is my aspirin.”

The bowls are a kind of bell that sits upright.

Cathcart’s Green Hills home provides plenty of places to find peace and serenity.

“It’s filled with warmth and peace. I’m very happy here,” he said.

For three years, Cathcart was a Trappist monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Bardstown, KY.

“And now in my retirement, I’ve sort of built my own monastery,” he said.

Cathcart’s whole world is in his home, not like when it was everywhere.

“I was always doing something,” he said. “And of course, that motion led me to no motion.”

Cathcart taught theater at McGavock High for many years. Some of his students went on to perform on the Broadway stage.

In honor of his service, McGavock will name the school’s theater the Kent Cathcart Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 7.

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