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.

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 2015

11.15am – A Service of Celebration held at Notre Dame de France
5 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX –just off Leicester Square.

The service will be led by Father Derek Reeve, with the homily given by
Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, one of the society’s patrons.

2.30pm – Merton’s Legacy and Our Life of Faith held at St James’ Church
197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL – 200 yards from Piccadilly Circus.

The event will start with a talk by John Moses, Dean Emeritus of St Paul’s Cathedral,
with the title ‘Why Merton matters’. This will be followed by a panel discussion
led by Revd Lucy Winkett. On the panel will be John Moses, Fiona Gardner
& Elizabeth Holmes. The afternoon will end with a birthday tea - including cake!

A Merton Gathering in Glasgow
Saturday 31st January 2015

1pm -A Celebration Mass for Thomas Merton held at St Simon's Church
33-37 Partick Bridge Street, Glasgow G11 6PQ – close to the Kelvinhall subway station.

The mass will be taken by Fr Willy Slavin. Afterwards we will repair to a local hostelry for
food, fellowship & sharing – bring a favourite piece of Merton for us all to enjoy. 

Celebrating Thomas Merton at Oakham School
Saturday 31st January 2015

8.00pm - Lecture - Thomas Merton - A Man for Our Times
held in the Wilson Auditorium at Oakham School, Oakham, Rutland - the school
attended by Merton during his teenage years.

The lecture will be given by The Very Revd John Moses, Dean Emeritus of St Paul's Cathedral.
People are invited to gather for drinks and canapes at 7.15pm for an 8.00pm start. For catering
purposes people are asked to contact the school's chaplain Revd Alex Aldous to indicate
that they are coming. Directions will then be forwarded.  Email: aa@oakham.rutland.sch.uk

A Study Day in Portglenone, Co. Antrim
Saturday 31st January 2015

11am - 5pm - Thomas Merton & Victor Frankl
 The Thomas Merton Fellowship and the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland will be
offering a one-day workshop - "Exploring Meaning with Thomas Merton and Viktor
Frankl" from 11 am - 5 pm at Bethlehem Abbey, Portglenone.
Further Details

A Study Day in Edinburgh
Saturday 25th April 2015

11am - 3.30pm – Merton, Writer & Monk A study day held at Walpole Hall
Chester Street, Edinburgh EH3 7RA – adjacent to St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral.

The day will include talks by Stephen Dunhill & John McLuckie, canon of the cathedral,
a simple eucharist and lunch. The day will end with a birthday tea.

 All these events are free, and are open to all, members and non-members. There is no requirement for registration – just turn up and celebrate with us. 

Thomas Merton in Good Company
A Retreat with his Friends

Friday 1st May - Sunday 3rd May 2015

Once again, The Society of the Sacred Mission at The Well (Willen) welcomes those
who have been touched by the life, work and writings of Thomas Merton.

The retreat can be for the whole weekend or for part of the weekend. Bursaries are available.
Full and part rates to suit individual needs. Further details.