The Thomas Merton Society
of Great Britain & Ireland

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.

Oakham Conference 2018
Our 2018 Residential Conference, fifty years after Merton's death in December, 1968,
was held at Oakham School at the start of April. The theme of the conference was:
Facing the Life-and-Death Issues

The keynote speakers were  Pat Gaffney  & Gordon Oyer

There were further 10 presenters of papers. The conference artist was Ric Stott

     2018 Conference Programme          

The Merton Collection

Over the years the Society has built up a comprehensive collection of books, journals and volumes of letters by Merton along with a wide range of critical commentaries on Merton's work as well as recordings of talks and conferences given by Merton. The collection is now housed at St Michael's Priory, Willen outside Milton Keynes, where it may be freely consulted by all.

St Michael's Priory website          Details about the Collection          Link to the Merton Collection

Dates for your diary 

Merton & Barth
Words & Silence - Prayer & Protest

Saturday 24 November 2018

at St Michael’s Priory, Milton Keynes

A day of reflection and conversation on the legacies of Thomas Merton and Karl Barth
to mark the 50th anniversary of their deaths.

with Gary Hall & Ashley Cocksworth

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The Spiritual Roots of Protest & Merton's Enduring Legacy

Saturday 8 December 2018

A study day held at The Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh

led by Jim Forest

Jim Forest has been a tireless worker for peace since the early 1960s. He was a co-founder of the
Catholic Peace Fellowship in the 1960s while serving alongside Dorothy Day as managing editor of
The Catholic Worker. He is one of the few people still living who knew Merton as a friend and co-worker.

with  James Cronin, Brian Larkin, Jolyon Mitchell
& Philippa Bonella

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A Day with Thomas Merton
on the 50th anniversary of his death

Saturday 8 December 2018    10.30am - 4pm

The Lion Ballroom, 17 Broad Street, Leominster, Herefordshire

with Fiona Gardner, James D'Angelo, and Charles MacCarthy.
The day will include reflections, a musical setting of poems by Merton, and the opportunity
to hear a recording of Merton teaching his novices.

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An Evening with Jim Forest

Reflecting on Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day & Daniel Berrigan

Thursday 13 December 2018

at St Pancras Church, Eversholt Street, London NW1 7-9pm

A writer, activist, co-founder of the Catholic Peace Fellowship in the United States,
Jim Forest knew, worked with and has written on Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day &
Daniel Berrigan. Come and hear about these stimulating partnerships and how they
have shaped Christian thinking on peace. All Welcome!

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'To be human in this most inhuman of ages'

 A European symposium to mark the fiftieth anniversary of
the death of Thomas Merton.

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th January 2019

Muensterschwarzach Abbey, Germany.

In his own time Merton lamented the loss of confidence in media communications. He met this with prayer, study, contemplation, voluntary poverty, solitude and writing. In the face of a continuing arms race, violent discrimination of all kinds, social injustice and corruption of public discourse, Merton worked persistently for human solidarity and authentic communication. As political populism, racism, xenophobia and war rhetoric once again seem to become increasingly acceptable in the public sphere, we turn for guidance to Merton’s late writings. Speakers include Dr. Bonnie Thurston, P. Dr. Anselm Grün OSB, P. Otto Betler OSB, Abt Michael Reepen OSB, Prof. P. Dr. Kosmas Thielmann OCist, Dr. Malgorzata Poks, Dr. Ash Cocksworth, Dr. h.c. Wunibald Müller, Andreas Ebert, Gary Hall, Detlev Cuntz.

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Selected Recent Publications


 Thomas Merton - Evil and Why We Suffer: From Purified Soul Theodicy to Zen

by  David E. Orberson - 18 June 2018

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 In Praise of a Useless Life: A Monk's Memoir

by Paul Quenon - 30 May 2018

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 Where Prayer Flourishes
Orignally published as
The Climate of Monastic Prayer

by Thomas Merton - 31 May 2018

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 Thomas Merton Meets the Unspeakable: Redezvous in Thailand

by Jerome Donovan - pub. 1 May 2018

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 What I Am Living For: Lessons for Life from the Life and Writings of Thomas Merton

by Jon M. Sweeney (editor) - pub. 30 April 2018

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 The Monk's Record Player: Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan and the Perilous Summer of 1966

by  Robert Hudson - pub. 30 April 2018

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 Merton's Palace of Nowhere: 40th Anniversary Edition

by James Finley - pub. 30th March 20-18

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 The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton:
An Investigation

by Hugh Turley  David Martin
pub. 7 March 2018

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 The Art of Thomas Merton: A Divine Passion in Word and Vision

by John Moses - pub. 13 February 2018

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 At Play in the Lion's Den: A Biography and Memoir of Daniel Berrigan

by Jim Forrest - 30 December 2017

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The Spirit of Simplicity by Jean-Baptiste Chautard
Translated and Annotated by Thomas Merton 

 pub. 10 November 2017

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From the Monastery to the World:
The Letters of Thomas Merton & Ernesto Cardenal

ed Jessie Sandoval - pub. 26 September 2017

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The Pocket Thomas Merton
 (Shambhala Pocket library)

ed Robert Inchausti - pub. 20 August 2017

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A Course in Christian Mysticism:
 Lectures to Trappist Novices

by Thomas Merton - pub. 15 August 2017

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Merton and the Protestant Tradition
 (The Fons Vitae Thomas Merton series)

by William O Pausel - pub. 1 July 2017

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 The ABCs of Thomas Merton:
A Monk at the Heart of the World

by Gregory & Eliabeth Ryan - pub. 10 June 2017

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Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax

by Michael N. McGregor  - pub. 1 May 2017

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Natural Spirituality, Thomas Merton and Christian Renewal 

by Kenneth Bragan - pub. 12 April 2017

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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 for further details.

Further recent publications can be found under the 'Publications' tab