Presenting the 40th Annual Thomas Merton Lecture & Other Anniversary Festivities
Monday, December 11, 2017

Religious Liberty & The Captive Mind:
The Writings of Thomas Merton and Czeslaw Milosz

Few topics are more pervasive in America today than religious liberty.  The history of our nation is intrinsically linked to it, and yet 230 years after the Constitution, the hotbed issue has never felt so unresolved.  Columbia alumnus William P. Mumma of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty will offer ideas on one of our time’s most consequential subjects.  

This event is sponsored by Columbia University Catholic Ministry and The Hugh J. and Catherine R. Kelly Endowment.

All events -- campus tour, Mass, reception, and lecture -- are open to members of Thomas Merton NYC.  Please RSVP by Dec. 4 to Columbia Catholic Ministry at

4:00 p.m.  Barnard & Columbia campus tours led by ministry leaders and campus guides.  Tours begin at the Barnard Visitor Center:

5:30 p.m.  Mass in honor of Edmund J. Kelly (LAW '62).  Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st Street, NYC.  

6:15 p.m. Reception.  Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st Street, NYC.

7:00 p.m. 40th Annual Merton Lecture by William P. Mumma.  Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st Street, NYC.

William Mumma is President and Chairman of the Board for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He has served as a full-time volunteer in this role since 2011. He ended a 30 year career on Wall Street as CEO of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), with prior executive roles at Nomura Securities International and the Bankers Trust Company.

Mr. Mumma is also currently serving as Trustee on the boards of the Witherspoon Institute, FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and PRAF (Patients Rights Action Fund). He has degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Columbia University Business School.

Mr. Mumma lives in Summit, New Jersey with his wife Kathy, to whom he has been happily married since 1983, and has six children and eight grandchildren.