The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Forthcoming Events

Thomas Merton with Road Scholar Program

Road Scholar Program "Week with Thomas Merton"

The Fall 2015 Merton Road Scholar [elderhostel] week will take place from Sunday 18th October until Friday 23rd October, 2015. For further details contact Linda Bailey on (502) 272 8161 or by e-mail: or visit the Road Scholar website.

In 2016 the Spring Road Scholar week will be from March 6th - 11th and the Fall week from October 16th - 21st.

Thomas Merton: Fully Awake, Fully Aware, Fully Alive


For Thomas Merton, the spiritual life is first of all a life.  When all of our thoughts, words, and actions are filled with love, sincerity, decision, and courage (the four organic commandments of Frank Lloyd Wright) our life truly reflects our spiritual nature.  Using the four organic commandments and the writings of Thomas Merton practice seamlessly weaving your spiritual life into your every day life.  Become fully awake, fully aware, and fully alive as you experience Merton’s way of living the four organic commandments.

Vanessa Hurst was the Executive Director of The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living. She is the author of Engaging Compassion Through Intent and Action.  As a practicing contemplative for over 22 years, she follows Merton maxim of living her everyday life as her spiritual life.


Tuesdays: September 29, October 6, 13, 20; 6 – 7:30 p.m. - Bellarmine University
To register, or for further information: contact Linda Bailey on (502) 272 8161 or by e-mail:

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: