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,
will be held at Oakham School from Friday 6th April to Sunday 8th April.
The theme of the conference is:
Facing the Life-and-Death Issues

The keynote speakers will be

Pat Gaffney Gordon Oyer
General Secretary of Pax Christi, the International Catholic Movement for Peace since 1990 Writer and reasearcher about Thomas Merton, author of Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest

There are a further 10 presenters of papers.
The conference artist
Ric Stott
will be giving a presentation of his works on show.

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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

Alive to the Splendour:
A Weekend with Thomas Merton

Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th June 2018

Led by Stephen Dunhill, Canon John McLuckie & Canon Anne Tomlinson

It will be held at The Cathedral of the Isles on The Isle of Cumbrae in the Forth of Clyde,
a 10 minute ferry ride from Largs, 35 miles west of Glasgow.

Further Details

Thomas Merton: Prophecy and Renewal

Tuesday 12th - Friday 15th June 2018

A Residential Symposium held at Sant'Anselmo, Rome

Keynote Speakers: Dr Paul M. Pearson & Michael Casey OCSO

By the time of his death in 1968, Thomas Merton’s writings had amply illustrated his expansive interests, experience and faith. As a practicing monk, he also had taken part in the social movements of the time by writing books on the monastic experience and its relationship to peace, nonviolence, racial inclusiveness and world justice. Pope Francis recently named him one of four great Americans. Fifty years after his death, we may well ask: How does Merton’s legacy remain relevant today?

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Selected Recent Publications

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

by Jim Forest - pub. 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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The Way of the Hermit

by Mario I Aguilar - pub. 21 March 2017 

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The Only Mind Worth Having:
Thomas Merton and the Child Mind

by Fiona Gardner - pbk. pub. 29 Nov 2016

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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

Returning to Reality

by Phillip M. Thompson

Thomas Merton's Wisdom for a Technological Age

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Review by James Cronin