The Thomas Merton Society came into existence on December 12th 1993 in Winchester, England at a celebration held to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Merton's death. The Society publishes its own journal, The Merton Journal, organises conferences and retreats, and is an affiliated society of the ITMS which is based at the Thomas Merton Centre in Louisville, Kentucky.
Nass Cannon describes himself as 'no one in particular who lives a pedestrian life.' He is an American writer and doctor MD who has been much influenced by Thomas Merton. He has given papers at several of our UK conferences. Click here to read his recent article based around the theme of our seventh conference - A Stranger No More - on the Contemplative Journal's website.

Dates for your diary...


Tenth General Meeting & Conference  -  4th-6th April, 2014
Oakham School, Rutland, UK

The following people will be presenting at the 2014 Conference........
Gary Hall, Christine Bochen, Daniel Horan, Sonia Petisco Martinez, Stephen Dunhill, Marianne Hieb, Nass Cannon, Maurizio Renzini, Mario Zaninelli, Anthony Purvis, Paul Pearson,  David Belcastro,  Detlev Cuntz, Fiona Gardner,  Peter Ellis, James Cronin, William Apel, Gosia Poks, with conference artists in residence Charles MacCarthy & Benet Haughton
Conference Programme now available here (pdf)                            Further information

*** Bursaries are available – students are especially encouraged to apply - Application form ***

Thomas Merton  -  Peacemakers & Peaceful Living
3rd May 2014 The Well at Wille
n, Newport Road, MK15 9AA 10.30 am- 3.30pm
Further information

Recent Events....                           

15th Jan 2014 The Making and Re-Making of Thomas Merton -The Twisted and Sapiential Journey after The Seven Storey Mountain - A free public lecture given by Michael Higgins  at The University of Chichester
       Flyer for the event

30th Nov 2013 The Present Advent - Reflections on Merton for Advent led by Stephen Dunhill at The Milner Hall, Winchester
       Programme for the day

15-17th Nov 2013 Hello Stranger – a voyage of discovery, inward and outward, with Thomas Merton, Anthony de Mello, Thomas Moore and Henri Nouwen led by Mark Scholefield at The Ammerdown Centre, Radstock, Bath BA3 5SW

7th Nov. 2013 Thomas Merton and the Contemplative Call Today - Elizabeth Holmes at The Meditatio Centre, St Mark’s, Myddelton Square, London EC1R 1XX                

24th October 2013 The Celtic Vision of Thomas Merton - Esther de Waal
Thursday 24th October  19:15 at Llandaff Cathedral
           Details of the Event
18th May 2013 A Study Day devoted to Thomas Merton & Alexander Men at The St Theosevia Centre for Christian Spirituality in Oxford. Among the speakers was Fiona Gardner.
           Further Details of Day
4th May 2013 Can't live with them; Can't live without them - Representations of community: Images of living in community in the writings and visual texts of Thomas Merton facilitated by Dr Anthony Purvis at The Well, Willen, near Milton Keynes.
          Flyer for the event
21st March 2013 - An Exploration of Thomas Merton’s Poetry - A study day with Canon David Scott & Stephen Dunhill at The Monastery of Our Lady of Hyning, Warton, nr Carnforth, Lancashire.
          Further Details of Day
1st December 2012 - A flood which breaks a dam - Reflections with Merton for Advent with Revd Gary Hall at The Milner Hall, Winchester.
          Flyer for the event                Programme for the day
19th May 2012 - Beyond the Shadow and the Disguise - A study day facilitated by Fiona Gardner at St Marylebone Healing & Counselling Centre, London.
          Further Details of Day          Text of Fiona Gardner's Talk

13th-15th April 2012 - Ninth General Meeting & Conference at Oakham School, Rutland,UK.
          Keynote Address by Jonathan Montaldo - To Uncage His Voice
          Keynote Address by Jim Forrest - Thomas Merton & Dorothy Day
          Conference Programme