Since 1993, The Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain & Ireland has been at the forefront of exploring the life & writings of Merton and his impact on the contemporary world, with conferences, retreats and the publication of the Merton Journal.

The focus of the Society over 2015 was the celebration of centenary of Thomas Merton's birth in France on 31st January 1915.

Oakham Conference 2018
Our 2018 Residential Conference will be held at Oakham School from Friday 6th April
to Sunday 8th April. The theme of the conference is:
Facing the Life-and-Death Issues
The Society invites proposals for papers or workshops.

Further details          Proposal Form

The Merton Collection

Over the years the Society has built up a comprehensive collection of books, journals and volumes of letters by Merton along with a wide range of critical commentaries on Merton's work as well as recordings of talks and conferences given by Merton. The collection is now housed at St Michael's Priory, Willen outside Milton Keynes, where it may be freely consulted by all.

St Michael's Priory website          Details about the Collection          Link to the Merton Collection

Dates for your diary 

True Prayer: True Justice

 Saturday 20th May 2017

 A Day to Celebrate the Work of the Urban Theologian
Kenneth Leech 

This day, convened by the Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Rev Paul Bayes, will be held at
Liverpool Hope,University.

Further Details

Thomas Merton's Prophetic Practice

 Friday 9th June - Sunday 11th June

A Residential Retreat led by Gary Hall

What does it mean to ‘be human in this most inhuman of ages’,
to ‘transfigure the evil and stricken world’ with ‘words of hope’

This retreat will explore these questions of Thomas Merton, and his responses as he
continues to speak into the heart of our turbulent times, beckoning us into an
expansive, visionary political life open to unknown futures. 

Held at Launde Abbey on the borders of Leicestershire and Rutland.

Cost £220            Flyer for the event             Launde Abbey

Thomas Merton - His Life, Work &  Witness

Saturday 2nd December 2017

A Retreat Day for Advent led by Fr Dan Horan in London

This day, being held in conjunction with The World Community for Christian Meditation, will include talks, periods of meditation and a shared act of reflective worship.

The day will be held at The Meditatio Centre, Myddelton Square, London EC1R 1XX

Cost £30, Concessions and Society members £20.     Further details

Selected Recent Publications

The Only Mind Worth Having by Fiona Gardner

Thomas Merton and the Child Mind

With a forward by Rowan Williams

In The Only Mind Worth Having, Fiona Gardner takes Thomas Merton's belief that the child mind is 'The only mind worth having' and explores it in the context of Jesus' challenging, paradoxical and and enigmatic command to become like small children. She demonstrates how Merton's belief and Jesus' command can be understood as part of contemporary spirituality and spiritual practice.

Further details                      Amazon link


Our Centenary Edition of The Merton Journal, Universal Vision, is an enlarged volume of 200 pages with contributors from across Europe. It explores Merton's profound legacy in a unique collection of essays and meditations; and it also includes some of Merton's own newly-discovered student articles from his time at Cambridge University in 1933-34.  

All members receive copies of the Journal. Further copies are available for £8.99 +P&P. Contact centenary.edition@thomasmertonsociety.org.uk for further details.




Returning to Reality

by Phillip M. Thompson

Thomas Merton's Wisdom for a Technological Age

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Review by James Cronin