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: or visit the Road Scholar website.

The Spring 2018 "Week with Merton" will be from March 11th - 16th, 2018.

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


'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.


11th Annual Thomas Merton Black History Month Lecture

Monday 20th February, 2017 - 7 pm.

Hilary's, Horrigan Hall
Bellarmine University

"Thomas Merton's Wisdom on the Dis-ease of Whiteness"

Laurie Cassidy

Laurie Cassidy, Ph.D. is a theologian and spiritual director.  Cassidy was associate professor, and chair of the religious studies department at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Her first book, edited with Alex Mikulich is entitled Interrupting White Privilege: Catholic Theologians Break the Silence (Orbis, 2007). Her latest book, The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-Incarceration: A Non-Violent Spirituality of White Resistance (New York: Palgrave, February 2013) is co-authored with Alex Mikulich and Margie Pfeil. With a master’s degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University she has ministered in the area of spirituality for the past thirty years through spiritual direction and retreats throughout the United States.   Her teaching and research explore how Christian mysticism can be a resource for personal and social transformation.

Thomas Merton and Relationship:
A Constellation of Connections

Vanessa Hurst
February 21st, 28th, March 7th and 14th - 6.30-8.00 pm


For Thomas Merton, living contemplatively was being in relationship with the self, others, the Sacred, and all of Creation. Using the metaphor of the night sky, we’ll explore how three reoccurring themes in Merton’s writings – silence, compassion, and communion – contribute to an ever-deepening interdependence in all relationships. We will actively practice silence, compassion, and communion as ways to deepen commitment to contemplative living.

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: - Course Fee: $59 ($69 after Feb. 13).


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: