The U.S. Postal Service's Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee has agreed to consider the issuance of a Thomas Merton commemorative stamp in honor of the 100th anniversary of Merton's birth.
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza SW Room 3300
Washington DC 20260-3501
Click here for a sample letter, written by an ITMS past President and longtime editor of The Merton Seasonal, Pat O'Connell, which can be used by you or can inspire your own letter.
Suggestion 2: Petition Drives
If you attend or teach at a school/university/college, or belong to place of worship or community organization, start a petition campaign to show support for a Thomas Merton commemorative stamp.
If you are an American member of the ITMS, we have been advised by a Congressional staffer that you do NOT contact your member of Congress to lobby for support for the following reason:
Watch this space for news of upcoming events....
The fourteenth general meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society took place from June 4-7, 2015 at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.
An unprecedented number of new books are being published to coincide with the centenary - check out the current list here.
Centenary Icon painted by
from the New Zealand
Gracious God, you called your monk Thomas Merton
to proclaim your justice out of silence,
and moved him in his contemplative writings
to perceive and value Christ at work in the faiths of others:
Keep us, like him, steadfast in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ;
who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God,
for ever and ever. Amen.