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.
This conference is in the advanced stage of planning. Full datails and
a booking form will appear here in at the start of Advent.

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.
Photos taken on the day:
Notre Dame 1    Notre Dame 2    St James's 1    St James's 2    St James's 3

Still to come:

A Celebration of Thomas Merton
Saturday 10th October 2015

A day celebrating Thomas Merton's life and legacy held at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral
in Edindurgh as part of their Festival of Prayer. The keynote speaker is Canon John McLuckie,
with workshops led by Revd Canon Dr Anne Tomliinson and Stephen Dunhill.
 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.

Saturday 14th November

A Study Day co-sponsored by St. Theosevia Centre for Christian Spirituality and Pusey House, Oxford.
Held at Pusey House, Oxford 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Join Esther de Waal, Geoffrey Rowell,
arry Orford, Densil Morgan, Fiona Gardner, Charles Miller, David Scott & David Keller
who will reflect on the importance and friendship of Donald Allchin including
his friendship and correspondence with Thomas Merton. Further Details

Reflections for Advent with Thomas Merton
Saturday 5th December 2015

An informal day at the United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester. It will include a talk by
Esther de Waal, one of the Scoety's patrons, a Eucharist, lunch and a chance to meet and talk.
Further Details