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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.
  • 31st Jan 2015 - A get-together in Glasgow - details to be announced.
  • A day conference in Edinburgh in April 2015
  • 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 2014/Jan 2015 running to approx 200 pages with contributions from all over Europe.

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Forthcoming Events - Dates for your diary 

on Saturday 29th Nov 2014 at St Peter's Church Centre, Winchester:
 'There are no Strangers' - Peace at Advent
Reflections with Merton for Advent with Elizabeth Holmes

This informal day will include reflections on engaging with Merton now, an act of worship,lunch and a chance to meet and talk. All are welcome. Further Information and booking details.

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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 11.15am. 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.
 
Recent Events....
 
3rd May 2014 Thomas Merton - Peacemakers & Peaceful Living at The Well at Willen, Newport Road, Milton Keynes, MK15 9AA
          Further Information
 
4th-6th Apr 2014 Tenth General Meeting & Conference at Oakham School, Rutland, UK.
          Keynote Speakers: Gary Hall, Christine Bochen & Daniel Horan OFM
          Conference Programme
 
A more extensive list of recent events can be found under the tab at the top of the page 'Recent Events'