In these challenging times, join us to explore the inspiring and insightful messages of Thomas Merton as presented by our lineup of renowned Merton experts. Events are to be held at Union Theological Seminary, unless otherwise noted.

You can view some of the past events hosted by Thomas Merton NYC here. 

Learn more about our upcoming monthly Merton Reading Group.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Thomas Merton & David Jones:
Celtic Visionaries for our Time and Why we Need to Attend to them

Join us as Dr. Michael Higgins explores the key ideas that linked Merton with Celtic poet David Jones in their shared dread and abhorrence of violence.  In a time of national foreboding and menace, the liberating insights of these two kindred spirits--particularly the need to create a culture of peace grounded in the witness of the Prince of Peace--has never been more timely for Americans. [. . . ]

Dr. Michael W. Higgins is an author, scholar, Vatican Affairs Specialist for The Globe and Mail, Papal Commentator for the CTV Network, educator, CBC Radio documentarian, columnist, and currently Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University.

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:30-4:00 p.m.  Retreat Day

Living Together in Joy:  
Thomas Merton’s Invitation to New Life

“I hope you and I together will secretly travel our own road to joy,” Merton wrote to thank his young friend, Grace Sisson, for a drawing she had sent him.  She had entitled it “The Road to Joy.”  Merton’s life and writings illuminate the road to joy, identifying signposts along the way and inviting us to live together in joy.

What wisdom does Merton offer us for the journey?  What does Merton have to teach us about joy?  Drawing on Merton’s life and writings, we will explore and reflect on three aspects of joy:  the joy of being human, the joy of friendship, and the joy of unity.    [. . . ]


Christine M. Bochen is professor of Religious Studies at Nazareth College, Rochester, NY, where she holds the William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies.  A founding member and past president of the International Thomas Merton Society, she edited Courage for Truth, a volume of Merton's letters to writers, Learning to Love, the sixth volume of Merton’s letters, and Thomas Merton: Essential Writings; co-edited Cold War Letters and Thomas Merton: A Life in Letters; and with William H. Shannon and Patrick F. O’Connell co-authored The Thomas Merton Encyclopedia.  Most recently, she edited a collection of essays entitled The Way of Mercy (Orbis, 2016).

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

A Testament of Confession & Witness:  
The Legacy of Thomas Merton’s Philosophical Life

Featuring Jonathan Montaldo, MA,  an internationally recognized writer, editor, retreat leader, and conference presenter whose work promotes the legacy of Thomas Merton and inter-spiritual contemplative traditions. Jonathan edited the second volume of Merton's journals, Entering the Silence: The Journals of Thomas Merton, 1941-1952.  The Intimate Merton: his life from his journals was edited by Brother Patrick Hart & Jonathan Montaldo. Jonathan is the former director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.  

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