“In Everything Mercy: Thomas Merton and Pope Francis on the Merciful Heart of God” 

SATURDAY, November 12

2016 Annual Retreat Day





9:30 - 4:00 PM

In Everything Mercy: Thomas Merton and Pope Francis on the Merciful Heart of God” 

Featuring Christopher PramukPh.d. professor of Theology and Spiritual Studies at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. 

2016 Annual Retreat Day  — pre-registration required, as space is limited


Join us as Christopher Pramuk leads us in a sustained meditation on Mercy in Merton’s writings as the very Name and Life of God, and the difficult but beautiful call to become ourselves Mercy as our “Kairos” and path to peace.

Christopher Pramuk lives with his wife Lauri, a pediatrician, and their children in Cincinnati, where he teaches theology and spirituality at Xavier University. He is the author of five books, including At Play in Creation: Merton’s Awakening to the Feminine Divine (2015), Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line (2013), and Sophia: The Hidden Christ of Thomas Merton (2009), which was awarded the International Thomas Merton Society’s 2011 “Thomas Merton Award,” a.k.a., “The Louie,” its highest honor. His award-winning essays have appeared in America magazine, Theological Studies, Cross Currents, and the prayer journal Give Us This Day.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, after graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1987, Chris moved to Colorado to study music, was drawn deeper into Buddhist and Christian spirituality, and began teaching theology at Regis Jesuit High School in Denver. After completing doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame, Chris has been at Xavier University since 2007, teaching courses at the intersection of spirituality, race, the arts, theology, and social justice. He was recently honored as Xavier’s 2015 Teacher of the Year, and is now working on a new textbook inspired by his experience of the transforming power of the arts in the theology classroom.

Two of Chris’s four children were adopted from post-earthquake Haiti, one of the many experiences of cross-cultural encounter he writes about in Hope Sings, So Beautiful. A lifelong musician and student of African American history and spirituality, he spoke recently on race and the legacy of Thomas Merton at the Festival of Faiths in Louisville, joining an interfaith panel that included Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, the eldest daughter of Malcolm X, and Episcopal Bishop Mark Andrus. He blogs regularly and posts resources on spirituality and race at HopeSingsSoBeautiful.org.

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Christopher Pramuk Books for Sale:

  • At Play in Creation

  • Sophia, The Hidden Christ of Thomas Merton

  • Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line


Time: 9:30 - 4:00 p.m.  Includes Lunch.

Location: Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st Street just off Broadway, NYC (directions)

Cost: $20 for Basic Annual & Contributing Members, $10 for Students, $35 for Non-Members, Free for “Patron”, “Sponsor” & “Friend” Members.

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