The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Forthcoming Events


Thomas Merton with Road Scholar Program

Road Scholar Program "Week with Thomas Merton"

The Fall 2021 Merton Road Scholar [elderhostel] week will take place from Sunday 17th October until Friday 22nd October, 2021. For further details contact Abigail Walsh on (502) 272 8166 or by e-mail: awalsh03@bellarmine.edu or visit the Road Scholar website.

Dates for the Spring 2022 "Week with Merton" will be announced shortly.

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


15th Annual Thomas Merton Black History Month Lecture
 

“Lead Me, Guide Me”:
The Gift of Black Catholics to the Universal Church
 

Chris Pramuk

February 21st 2021 - 3 pm. (EST)

Free and Open to the Public

 

The Recording of this Lecture can be Viewed at:
http://merton.org/Events/TMBHM15.aspx

  

Through oral history, poetry, and sacred song, Dr. Pramuk explores the dynamics of faith in the witness of Black Catholics in the United States. Their gift is an enduring gift of wisdom, as Thomas Merton describes it, an “attunement of opposite tensions” born in the crucible of African American experience and the Psalmist’s faith that God can “make a way out of no way.”

Dr. Christopher Pramuk is Regis University Chair of Ignatian Thought and Imagination, and an Associate Professor of Theology, where he teaches courses in theology and spirituality. He is the author of six books, including two award-winning studies of the famed Catholic monk and spiritual writer Thomas Merton, as well as Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line, a meditation on race relations in society and church. Chris’s latest book, The Artist Alive: Explorations in Music, Art, and Theology, draws from his many years of using music, poetry, and the arts in the classroom. Chris lectures widely around the country and has led retreats on topics such as racial justice, Ignatian spirituality, and the witness of Thomas Merton.

Co-sponsored by: Campus Ministry, Bellarmine University, Magee Christian Education Foundation and Louisville ITMS Chapter


Merton's last message

with Vanessa Hurst

March 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2021

6.30 - 8.00 pm ~ Meeting Via Zoom

An hour before Thomas Merton died, he gave his final lecture in Bangkok. He emphasized the importance of sharing your internal life with the external world. He entreated each of us to embrace a liberty that transcends culture differences and mere externals. Using the text from his final lecture and other selections of his writings, discuss how his last message is a prophetic call to contemplative action. 

Vanessa F. Hurst is a certified intuitive coach and a spiritual director who was the Executive Director of The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living. As a practicing contemplative for over 25 years, she follows Merton maxim of living her everyday life as her spiritual life. Vanessa is author of four books.

Suggested Reading: Witness to Freedom, Raids on the Unspeakable, New Seeds of Contemplation.

Register: visit https://www.bellarmine.edu/ce/ and click “enroll now.” The Merton course will be listed under Continuing Education's Enrichment Courses. Cost $75.


Merton and Me - A Living Trinity

A Retreat Day with Douglas Hertler

October 23rd, 2021

10 am - 4.30 pm

Our Lady of the Woods Chapter, Bellarmine University

Booking Required - Details to Follow

 

Douglas Hertler, also known as Doug Lory, is a graduate of Monmouth University in Long Branch NJ where he received a BA in Speech/Communication/Theater.  His career has spanned virtually every facet of the acting industry, including TV, Film, & Theater, and he is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, the two professional actor’s unions in the U.S.  He is on the faculty of Fordham University School of Law where he works as an actor/educator, role playing with student attorneys in both client interview simulations as well as trial law examinations, exploring the intangible components of interpersonal and group communication.  He works as a licensed tour guide in New York City, having shared with tens of thousands of visitors for almost 20 years, the exciting, inspiring, and sometimes tragic history of a city which counts the ethnic and religious diversity of the world as its citizenry.  He is a member of the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS), the ITMS NYC Chapter, as well as a member of the American Teilhard Association.

Merton and Me - A Living Trinity, is an act of storytelling which explores the dynamics of the false self as seen through the eyes of an actor whose very vocation called him to become someone other than himself.  Written and presented by Douglas Hertler (known professionally as Doug Lory), it depicts his unexpected and life-changing encounter with the writings of Thomas Merton, most notably Merton’s classic No Man Is an Island.  While the conflicting personalities of Douglas Hertler and Doug Lory struggle to understand the true nature of their respective identities, Thomas Merton appears and reappears, creating a synergy of spirit and psyche that serves as a mirror into the soul.

Co-sponsored by: Campus Ministry, Bellarmine University and Louisville ITMS Chapter


16th Annual Thomas Merton Black History Month Lecture
 

Sophfronia Scott

February 22nd 2022 - 7 pm.

Free and Open to the Public

  

 

Sophfronia Scott grew up in Lorain, Ohio, a hometown she shares with author Toni Morrison. She holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She began her career as an award-winning magazine journalist for Time, where she co-authored the groundbreaking cover story “Twentysomething,” the first study identifying the demographic group known as Generation X, and People. When her first novel, All I Need to Get By, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2004 Sophfronia was nominated for best new author at the African American Literary Awards and hailed by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as “potentially one of the best writers of her generation.”

Her latest novel is Unforgivable Love (William Morrow). She’s also the author of an essay collection, Love’s Long Line, from Ohio State University Press’s Mad Creek Books and a memoir, This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World, co-written with her son Tain, from Paraclete Press. Her essays, short stories, and articles have appeared in Killens Review of Arts & LettersSaranac ReviewNuméro CinqRuminateNewYorkTimes.com, Barnstorm Literary JournalSleet Magazine, More, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her essay “Why I Didn’t Go to the Firehouse” is listed among the Notables in Best American Essays 2017. Her most recent book, The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton, was published in March 2021 from Broadleaf Books.

Sophfronia is the recipient of a 2020 Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. She was recently named the director of a new low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program being launched at a college in Michigan. Sophfronia has taught at Regis University’s Mile High MFA and Bay Path University’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction. She’s also delivered craft talks and held workshops at the Yale Writers’ Workshop, Meacham Writers’ Workshop, and the Hobart Festival of Women Writers. She lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut where she continues to fight a losing battle against the weeds in her flower beds.

Co-sponsored by: Campus Ministry, Bellarmine University, Magee Christian Education Foundation and Louisville ITMS Chapter



'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: pmpearson@bellarmine.edu