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 is the celebration of centenary of Thomas Merton's birth in France on 31st January 1915. Events are being organised around the country and as details are finalised they will appear here.

Oakham Conference 2016 - Call for Papers

Our 2016 Residential Conference will be held at Oakham School from Friday 1st April
to Sunday 3rd April. The theme of the conference is:

Life is on our side
This phrase is taken from a letter of Thomas Merton to the poet Czeslaw Milosz.
Proposals for papers and workshops are invited on this theme.
Further Details                  Proposal Form 

Centenary Celebrations 2015


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.

A Day of Celebration in London
Saturday 31st January -The Exact Centenary of Merton's Birth.

In the morning there was a service at The French Church, Notre Dame, just off Leicester Square.
In the afternoon there was a talk and panel discussion at St James's Picadilly.
Click on Recent Events tab above for further details. Photos can be found below:
Notre Dame 1    Notre Dame 2    St James's 1    St James's 2    St James's 3

Still to come:

Contemplative Photography with Merton
Thursday 23rd April 2015

A study day at Broughton Castle, nr Banbury, led by Revd Mary Lewis
on the theme of The Western Isles, Thomas Merton & Your Photography.
Further details and booking form

A Study Day in Edinburgh
Saturday 25th April 2015

11am - 3.30pm – Merton, Writer & Monk A study day held at Walpole Hall
Chester Street, Edinburgh EH3 7RA – adjacent to St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral.

The day will include talks by Stephen Dunhill & John McLuckie, canon of the cathedral,
a simple eucharist and lunch. The day will end with a birthday tea.

 This event free, and  open to all, members and non-members. There is no requirement for registration – just turn up and celebrate with us. 

Thomas Merton in Good Company
A Retreat with his Friends

Friday 1st May - Sunday 3rd May 2015

Once again, The Society of the Sacred Mission at The Well (Willen) welcomes those
who have been touched by the life, work and writings of Thomas Merton.

The retreat can be for the whole weekend or for part of the weekend. Bursaries are available.
Full and part rates to suit individual needs. Further details.

Thomas Merton - Contemplative Artist
A Day Retreat with Esther de Waal

Wednsday 22nd May 2015

During the day, held at Llangasty Retreat House, Brecon, Esther will explore how,
in Merton's hands, a camera became an instrument of contemplation.
Further details: Tel 01874 658250 or enquiries@llangasty.com

Thomas Merton - Contemplative Writer
Saturday 20th June 2015

A study day, led by Stephen Dunhill, at St Peter's Church, Warmsworth near Doncaster.
Details are being finalised and will appear on this website in due course. 

Attention to Paradise
A Guided Retreat with Thomas Merton

Tuesday 14th July - Thursday 16th July 2015

This retreat is suitable for those who are familiar with Merton, and those who aren't.
It will led by Gary Hall at Launde Abbey, a retreat house serving
the dioceses of Leicester & Peterborough. Further details.

A Taste of Merton
Thursday 16th July - Monday 27th July 2015

An exhibition exploring some of the many facets of the poet-monk through paintings, photographs and text. Among those exhibiting will be Charles MacCarthy & Robert Wright. There will also be original photographs by Merton. The event is being held at St Michael's Church, Discoed, near Presteigne.

Friday 24th July - Sunday 26th July 2015

Alongside this exhibition there will be a weekend of talks & workshops. The detailsof these are currently being finalised and will be posted in due course on St Michael's website.
Flyer for event                         St Michael's website 

Exhibition of Paintings by Robert Wright
'My Whole Life is a Search for Truth'
Thursday 1st September - Saturday 10th September 2015

An exhibition of paintings in The Chapter House of Lincoln Cathedral. The twenty
vibrant abstract paintings on display, inviting subtle and diverse interpretations,
will open an exciting journey of faith - both Merton's and the viewer's.
Entrance is included in the cathedral entry charge. Further details.

Revolutionary Communion:
Chasing Thomas Merton 100 years on
Saturday 24th October 2015

This gathering, led by Gary Hall, to be held at The Meditatio Centre in West London,
will explore and celebrate Merton’s ongoing capacity to inspire and guide
those seeking a sustaining vision for a hopeful common future. Further details.

Boundless Grandeur
The Christian Vision of Donald Allchin
Friday 6th November - Sunday 8th November 2015

Held at Gladstone's Library, Hawarden, Flintshire. Kallistos Ware, Fiona Gardner, Densil Morgan, Patrick Thomas and David Keller are among those who will reflect on the importance and friendship of Donald Allchin whose legacy embraces the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Celtic traditions, and a love of Welsh poetry. Donald Allchin knew Merton, meeting with him twice at Gethsemani, and was one of the founders and long-time President of the Thomas Merton Society. Further details.

Beyond the Shadows
Friday 20th November - Sunday22nd November 2015

Held at The Ammerdown Centre at Radstock near Bath, this weekend
led by Fiona Gardner and Mark Scholefield, focuses on two less commonly
explored aspects of Merton's life: what influenced his visual art, and what he
experienced on his Asian travels in the last year of his life. Further details.

Advent with Thomas Merton
Saturday 5th December 2015

A meeting at the United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester.
Details to be confirmed and will appear here once finalised.