The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Forthcoming Events

Thomas Merton with Road Scholar Program

Road Scholar Program "Week with Thomas Merton"

The Spring 2016 Merton Road Scholar [elderhostel] week will take place from Sunday 6th March until Friday 11th March, 2016. For further details contact Linda Bailey on (502) 272 8161 or by e-mail: or visit the Road Scholar website.

The Fall "Week with Merton" will be from October 16th - 21st, 2016.

Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues

with Sr. Helen Prejean

Since 1984, Sister Helen has divided her time between educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners. She has accompanied six men to their deaths. In doing so, she began to suspect that some of those executed were not guilty. This realization inspired her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, which was released by Random House in December of 2004. Sr. Helen is presently at work on another book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.


Wednesday, November 11th, 11 a.m. - Bellarmine University, Hilary's in Treece Hall, BU Centro. Click here for an event flier.

Click here for a campus map (Hilary's is 1b on the map).

10th Annual Thomas Merton Black History Month Lecture

C. Vanessa White

Exact Date and Venue to be confirmed

Throughout her ministry and study, C. Vanessa White has had a passionate interest in spirituality and ministry formation. As a formation and retreat minister, catechist, lay missionary director, pastoral minister, and educator, she has been intent on journeying with those who are seeking a greater understanding of God's will in their lives. She has over twenty-five years of experience in ministry and spiritual formation with lay and religious communities. A professed Secular Franciscan with the Sacred Heart Province, she is the Past Convener for the Black Catholic Theological Symposium (BCTS), an interdisciplinary theological association of Black Roman Catholic scholars.

Her publications include the co-edited book Songs of the Heart and Meditations of the Soul – a book of prayers published by St. Anthony Messenger Press (with Cecilia Moore and Paul Marshall, SM) and Liturgy and Justice (contributing author –“Liturgy as Liberating Force) published by Liturgical Press.  She is also a regular contributing author for the daily prayer/worship aid – GIVE US THIS DAY, published by Liturgical Press. She has articles and book reviews various publications including the National Religious Vocation Conference journal – Horizons, New Theology Review, St. Anthony Messenger Press, Horizons – The Journal of the College Theological Society and U.S. Catholic Magazine.  She was invited to contribute to the CNN series - Black in America.  Her essay on Black Catholics, “Authentically Black and Truly Catholic,” can be viewed on

Mercy within Mercy within Mercy

by Christopher Pramuk

February 26th 2016 at 7 p.m. and February 27th from 10.00 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Christopher Pramuk teaches theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He is the author of Sophia: The Hidden Christ of Thomas Merton (Liturgical, 2009), Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line (Liturgical, 2013) and At Play in Creation: Merton’s Awakening to the Feminine Divine (Liturgical, 2015). 

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.

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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: