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

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.
Booking now open - Click here for more details and Booking Form.

Keynote Speakers:
John Dear     Fiona Gardner

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

Dates for your diary

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 Society's patrons, a Eucharist, lunch and a chance to meet and talk.
Further Details

The Brave Journey of the 'Everyman'
Quaker Influences on the Catholic Monk and Peace Activist Thomas Merton

Sunday 13th December 2015

A talk by James G. R. Cronin from University College Cork at The Meeting House,
Summerhill South, Cork at 12.30pm.

In May 1962, Hal Stallings, a Quaker pacifist, wrote to Thomas Merton, an author and monk in rural Kentucky, on the eve of sailing into the Pacific to protest against resumption of nuclear testing by the United States. Stallings told Merton that it was a matter
 of conscience that was leading him and his
fellow pacifists to embark on a perilous voyage into treacherous waters on a sailboat named "Everyman"
to place a man under the bomb in the nuclear testing zone. Who was Thomas Merton and how can understanding his dialogue with Quakerism help to inform approaches to environmental consciousness
and peacemaking?