The Patrons of the Society are:

David Scott

     Revd. Canon David Scott is a Church of England priest, poet, playwright and spiritual writer.
He is an Honourary Canon of Winchester Cathedral and an honourary fellow of the University of Winchester. In 2008 the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred a Lambeth Degree Doctorate of Letters. He helped set up the inaugural Thomas Merton conference at his church in Winchester in 1993 where the Thomas Merton Society was formally set up.

Esther de Waal

     Esther de Waal is an historian and author with a particular interest in Celtic, Benedictine and Cistercian spirituality. She is a popular retreat leader who has a great interest in the work of Thomas Merton. In the introduction to her book-"A Seven Day Journey with Thomas Merton", she describes Merton's influence as "....this most extraordinary man who has proved to be a friend, guide and inspiration for so many..."

Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

     Metropolitan Kallistos Ware is an English bishop within the Eastern Orthodox Church under the Patriarchate of Constantinople and one of the best known contemporary Eastern Orthodox theologians. From 1982 he has held the Titular Bishopric of Diokleia. In 2007 the bishopric was made a titular metropolitan bishopric. From 1966 to 2001 he was Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at the University of Oxford. He has written numerous books and articles pertaining to the Orthodox Christian faith. He lives in Oxford continuing to serve a local Orthodox community, lecture, write and inspire with his wisdom.

Dr Rowan Williams

     Dr Rowan Williams is a theologian, writer and poet. He is currently Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.  He spent much of his earlier career as an academic at the universities of Oxford & Cambridge. After serving as Bishop of Monmouth and subsequently Archbishop of Wales, he was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, serving from 2002 until 2012. He has a keen interest in Thomas Merton, having been a keynote speaker at our 1998 residential conference and the principal speaker at our meeting in London in 2008 on the 40th anniversary of Merton's death. He has published a collection of his talks & writings on Merton -  A Silent Action: Engagements with Thomas Merton

Sister Mary Luke CHC

     Sister Mary Luke is the member of the Anglican Benedictine Community of the Holy Cross in Loughborough. She first became acquainted with Thomas Merton through reading 'Elected Silence' while training as a nurse at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington. Several years later she became an air stewardess with British Airways. It was on a trip to New York and the Caribbean that she became aware of God calling her to the religious life. One of the first books she bought after that was 'The Sign of Jonas'. She entered the Community of the Holy Cross on 18th October 1975, and was elected Reverend Mother on 8th November 1991, stepping down in 2020.

Reverend Canon Lucy Winkett

     Revd. Canon Lucy Winkett is an Anglican priest, who since 2010 has been the Rector of St James's Church, Piccadilly. Ordained in 1995, two years later she joined the clergy of St Paul's Cathedral in London, the first female priest to do so. From 2003 until moving to St James's, she was the Canon Precentor at the Cathedral. She has published several books, and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day. She hosted the Society’s 2015 Merton centenary celebration at St James's.