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.
The main focus of the Society at present is in preparing for the celebration of the centenary of Merton's birth which occured in Prades in the Pyranees on 31st January, 1915. Events are being organised around the country, and as they are finalised details will appear on this website. To date they include:
- 31st Jan 2015 - A celebratory day in London - Further details below.
- A day conference in Edinburgh.
- A retreat at The Well at Willen, Milton Keynes, in early May 2014.
- A weekend at The Ammerdown Centre near Bath in November 2014 led by Fiona Gardner & Mark Scholefield.
- A Centenary Edition of The Merton Journal for publication Dec 2013/Jan 2014 running to approx 200 pages with contributions from all over Europe.
There are many publications being brought out to coincide with Merton's centenary. Society member John Moses, Dean Emeritus of St Paul's Cathedral has been influenced by Merton for many years. Now he has brought together all his knowledge and insights into Merton, and gives us all an opportunity to share his journey of discovery with the publication of Divine Discontent - The Prophetic Voice of Thomas Merton.
The book will be published on 9th June 2014, and all members of the Society are invited to the book launch celebrations to be held on Monday 23rd June at 12.30pm at the Chapter House of Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire and on Wednesday 25th June at 6pm at St James' Church, Piccadilly, London at which Rowan Williams, who has written the Forward, will speak.
Further details of the book Invitation
Forthcoming Events - Dates for your diary
29th Nov 2014 Merton & Advent at The Milner Hall, Winchester. Full details to be announced in due course.
31st Jan 2015 A Day of Celebration held in London on the exact centenary of Merton's birth. It will start with a service celebrating his life at Notre Dame de France, the French Church by Leicester Square, at 11pm. This will be followed by a stand up buffet lunch. In the afternoon there will be a talk and a panel discussion at St James' Piccadilly followed by a birthday tea party. Full details to be announced in due course.
3rd May 2014 Thomas Merton - Peacemakers & Peaceful Living at The Well at Willen, Newport Road, Milton Keynes, MK15 9AA
4th-6th Apr 2014 Tenth General Meeting & Conference at Oakham School, Rutland, UK.
Keynote Speakers: Gary Hall, Christine Bochen & Daniel Horan OFM
A more extensive list of recent events can be found under the tab at the top of the page 'Recent Events'