The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Forthcoming Events

Thomas Merton with Road Scholar Program

Road Scholar Program "Week with Thomas Merton"

The Spring 2020 Merton Road Scholar [elderhostel] week will take place from Sunday 15th March until Friday 20th March, 2020. For further details contact Linda Bailey on (502) 272 8161 or by e-mail: or visit the Road Scholar website.

The Fall 2020 "Week with Merton" will be from October 18-23, 2020.

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

Merton: Echoes of Peace Within Silence

Vanessa F. Hurst

October 1, 8, 15 and 22 - 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm

Thomas Merton believed that “it is necessary that we find the silence of God not only in ourselves but also in one another.” Practicing silence is not an internal withdrawal but is a way of actively engaging the world. Explore Merton’s view of silence not only as an integral part of life but also a transformative catalyst for personal, cultural, and global change. Gain ideas and practices to integrate silence into the whole of your life.

Vanessa F. Hurst was Executive Director of The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living. As a practicing contemplative for over 20 years, she follows Merton’s maxim of living her everyday life as her spiritual life. Vanessa is author of Engaging Compassion Through Intent and Action and A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships.

For further information, or to register, please visit: or contact

'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: