The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Forthcoming Events


Thomas Merton with Road Scholar Program

Road Scholar Program "Week with Thomas Merton"

The Fall 2017 Merton Road Scholar [elderhostel] week will take place from Sunday 22nd October until Friday 27th October, 2017. For further details contact Linda Bailey on (502) 272 8161 or by e-mail: lbailey@bellarmine.edu or visit the Road Scholar website.

The Spring 2018 "Week with Merton" will be from March 11th - 16th, 2018, and Fall 2018 will be from October 21st - 26th, 2018.

Read about "A Week with Thomas Merton" in the Bellarmine Magazine.


Thomas Merton: Compassion Wisdom

of Thomas Merton and Pema Chodron

Vanessa Hurst
September 19th, 26th, October 3rd and 10th - 6.30-8.00 pm

 

Both Thomas Merton and Pema Chodron understood that self-compassion is the root of compassion for others. Using reflections from Thomas Merton and Pema Chodron writings, we'll explore three aspects of compassion: the spirit of the heart - to cause no harm; the will of the heart - to alleviate suffering; and the feeling of the heart - to accept life as it is. Suggested reading: Living Beautifully in Times of Uncertainty by Pema Chodron and No Man Is an Island by Thomas Merton.

Vanessa F. Hurst was Executive Director of The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living. Her book, A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships integrates the writing of Thomas Merton into her understanding of relationship.

To register call 502-272-8166 or register online at: www.bellarmine.edu/ce/ - Course Fee: $65.


Sponsored by: Henri Nouwen Society / Thomas Merton Center / Yale Divinity School

Henri Nouwen and Thomas Merton:
Spiritual Guides for the 21st Century

Friday, November 3, 2017  7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, November 4, 2017  9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven CT

 

       

 

Schedule:

Friday, Nov 3. 7:30 pm 

Welcome – Dean Greg Sterling, Paul Pearson & Karen Pascal
Keynote Speaker – Fr. Ron Rolheiser

9:00 pm Wine & Cheese - Open Microphone "Remembering Henri Nouwen at Yale"

  

Nov. 4. 9:00 am

Keynote Speaker – Robert Ellsberg "'The Home Where I Have Never Been': The Restless Journeys of Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen"

11:00 am Breakout Sessions:

Men of Letters – Gabrielle Earnshaw and William Apel

Spiritual Masters – James Smith and Monica Weis

The Role of the Arts for Merton & Nouwen – Paul Pearson and Carol Berry

12:15 pm Lunch

1:15 pm Keynote – Jim Forest "Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen: Western Explorers of the Christian East"

3:00 pm Break

3:20 pm Keynote – Michael Higgins "Pure and Fresh Seeing:  Henri Nouwen and Thomas Merton as Sacred Disrupters"

5:00 pm Reception & Book Launch – You Are Beloved Devotional

 

Tickets: $150 / Student Price $50

To Register: divinity.yale.edu/nouwenandmerton


12th Annual Thomas Merton Black History Month Lecture

February, 2018 - 7 pm.

Hilary's, Horrigan Hall
Bellarmine University


Details to be Announced

 "Reading Merton in the Rain"

by Scott Russell Sanders

March 13th, 2018 at 7 pm.

Hilary's, Centro.

Scott Russell Sanders is the author of twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including Hunting for Hope and A Conservationist Manifesto. His most recent books are Earth Works: Selected Essays (2012) and Divine Animal: A Novel (2014). A collection of his eco-science fiction stories entitled Dancing in Dreamtime will be published this fall, and a new edition of his documentary narrative, Stone Country, co-authored with photographer Jeffrey Wolin, will appear in 2017. Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Mark Twain Award, the Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University. He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have reared two children in their hometown of Bloomington, in the hardwood hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley.

  

Co-sponsored by:

Bellarmine University Honors Program

Department of English

Office of Campus Ministry


Austen Ivereigh

September 27th, 2018 at 7 pm

Frazier Hall

Austen Ivereigh is a British writer, journalist, and commentator on religious and political affairs who holds a PhD from Oxford University. A former deputy editor of The Tablet and later Director for Public Affairs of the former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, his work appears regularly in the Jesuit magazine America and in many other periodicals. He is well known on British media, especially on the BBC, Sky, ITV and Al-Jazeera, as a Catholic commentator. He is also the author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope (Henry Holt and Co., 2014).


Elizabeth Johnson

2018 Vernon Robertson Lecture

October 23rd, 2018 at 7 pm

Frazier Hall

 

Elizabeth Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University, grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and joined the religious order of the Sisters of Saint Joseph whose motherhouse is in Brentwood, Long Island, NY. As a young sister the Second Vatican Council energized her interest in matters theological.

After receiving a PhD in theology from Catholic University of America, she taught at that university for ten years before moving to Fordham University where she teaches in both graduate and undergraduate programs. Professor, mentor, writer, editor, and public lecturer at home and abroad, she is a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, and a former president of the American Theological Society. She was awarded Fordham University’s Teaching Award in 1998 and Professor of the Year Award in 2011.

Dr. Johnson has received fifteen honorary doctorates, the John Courtney Murray Award for distinguished achievement in theology, and numerous other accolades. Her book She Who Is garnered several honors, most notably the Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Her work has been translated into thirteen languages.  


Tibetan Sacred Sand Mandala
by Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery

December 3rd - 7th, 2018
Daily 10 am - 5 pm

Thomas Merton Center

Opening Ceremony: December 3rd at 11.00 am
Closing Ceremony: December 10th at 11.00 am


Bishop Robert Barron

December 9th, 2018 - 3 pm

Frazier Hall

 

Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is also the host of Catholicism, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith, which aired on PBS.

Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He is a religion correspondent for NBC and has also appeared on FOX News, CNN, and EWTN.



'the sacrament of advent': Thomas Merton's Lessons and carols


Listen to Bonnie Thurston's talk:
'The Sacrament of Advent': Thomas Merton's Lessons and Carols

Clarinet solo by Anderson Reeves.

Recorded at Our Lady of the Woods Chapel on Friday 9th December, 2016
 

Bonnie B. Thurston is a founding member, past president and former board member of the ITMS. She is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and formerly professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is the editor of Merton and Buddhism (2007), Thomas Merton: On Eastern Meditation, Hidden in the Same Mystery: Thomas Merton and Loretto, and the author of numerous books on scripture and on spirituality, most recently Hidden in God: Discovering the Desert Vision of Charles de Foucauld, Practicing Silence: New and Selected Verses, A Place to Pay Attention O Taste and See: A Biblical Reflection of Experiencing God, and is now living in solitude in West Virginia.


The Paradox of Place: Thomas Merton's Photography




The exhibit of Merton's photographs celebrating the 40th Anniversary (1963-2003) of the Thomas Merton Collection at Bellarmine University is now a permanent exhibit displayed in the W. L. Lyons Brown Library on the Bellarmine University campus. This exhibit focuses on the places Merton visited in his final travels of 1968 including California, Alaska and Asia and the contrast with his photographs of Gethsemani and his hermitage.

Click here for a campus map and directions.


Financial assistance is needed to assist with funding these special events at the Thomas Merton Center. If you would be interested in assisting with funding, or becoming a major sponsor for one of these events please contact:
Dr Paul Pearson on (502) 272 8177 or by e-mail: pmpearson@bellarmine.edu