14th January 2017. A Quiet Day with Thomas Merton led by Esther de Waal, author and
patron of the TMS-GBI, held at St Katherine's House, 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS.
3rd December 2016. Come Lord Jesus: An Advent Retreat led by Paul Pearson, director
and archivist of the Thomas Merton Centre in Louisville, Kentucky, held at the United Church,
Jewry Street, Winchester. The day included reflections on engaging with Merton now,
a Eucharist (with Philip Derbyshire, CSSM), lunch,and a chance to meet and talk.
29th October 2016. Thomas Merton's Engaged Spirituality A Day Conference and Evening
Cultural Celebration held at The Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, Edinburgh. Speakers
& facilitators: Prof Mario I. Aguilar, Sister Ajahn Candasiri, Rev James Crampsey SJ,
Stephen Dunhill, Dr Jim Griffin, Revd Canon John McLuckie, Fr Willy Slavin &
Revd Canon Ann Tomlinson.
15th October 2016. Thomas Merton - Contemplative Writer A study day led by
Stephen Dunhill at the Whirlow Spirituality Centre in Sheffield.
1st October 2016. The Thomas Merton Society Library - A Celebration
A day of celebration and festivity to welcome the Thomas Merton Society library collection
to St Michael's Priory, near Milton Keynes, Bucks. with a presentation by Paul Pearson.
The collection has now found a permanent home! Paul Pearson was secretary of the
Thomas Merton Society from its inception in 1993 until moving to America, where
he is director and archivist of the Thomas Merton Centre in Louisville, Kentucky.
8th September 2016. An Evening with Matthew Fox - Thomas Merton: A Celtic Mystic,
Warrior, Eco-prophet & Martyr for our Times held at Augustine United Church, Edinburgh.
13th December 2015. The Brave Journey of the 'Everyman' - Quaker Influences on the
Catholic Monk and Peace Activist Thomas Merton. A talk by James G. R. Cronin from
University College Cork at The Meeting House, Summerhill South, Cork at 12.30pm.
5th December 2015. Reflections for Advent with Thomas Merton - An informal day at the
United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester. It will include a talk by Esther de Waal, one of
the Society's patrons, a Eucharist, lunch and a chance to meet and talk.
14th November 2015. A Study Day co-sponsored by St. Theosevia Centre for Christian
Spirituality and Pusey House, Oxford. Held at Pusey House, Oxford 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Join Esther de Waal, Geoffrey Rowell, Barry Orford, Densil Morgan, Fiona Gardner,
Charles Miller, David Scott & David Keller who will reflect on the importance and
friendship of Donald Allchin including his friendship and correspondence with
6th-8th November 2015. Boundless Grandeur - The Christian Vision of Donald Allchin
Held at Gladstone's Library, Hawarden, Flintshire. Kallistos Ware, Fiona Gardner, Densil
Morgan, Patrick Thomas and David Keller are among those who will reflect on the
importance and friendship of Donald Allchin whose legacy embraces the Anglican, Eastern
Orthodox, and Celtic traditions, and a love of Welsh poetry. Donald Allchin knew Merton,
meeting with him twice at Gethsemani, and was one of the founders and long-time President
of the Thomas Merton Society.
24th October 2015. Revolutionary Communion: Chasing Thomas Merton 100 years on
This gathering, led by Gary Hall, to be held at The Meditatio Centre in West London,
will explore and celebrate Merton’s ongoing capacity to inspire and guide those seeking a
sustaining vision for a hopeful common future.
10th October 2015 A Celebration of Thomas Merton - A day celebrating Thomas Merton's life and
legacy held at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh as part of their Festival of Prayer. The
keynote speaker is Canon John McLuckie, with workshops led by
Revd Canon Dr Anne Tomliinson and Stephen Dunhill
1st-10th September 2015. 'My Whole Life is a Search for Truth' - An exhibition of paintings by
Robert Wright held in The Chapter House of Lincoln Cathedral. The twenty vibrant abstract
paintings on display, inviting subtle and diverse interpretations, will open an exciting journey
of faith - both Merton's and the viewer's.
17th-29th July 2015. A Taste of Merton - A series of events held at St Michael's Church, Discoed,
near Presteigne. Throughout the whole period there is an exhibition exploring some of the
many facets of the poet-monk through paintings, photographs and text. Among those exhibiting
are Charles MacCarthy & Robert Wright. There will also be original photographs by Merton.
On Sunday 19th July there will be a service at 7.30pm to celebrate the centenary of the birth of
Thomas Merton. It will tie in with the exhibition and feature examples of Merton's work as well as
appropriate readings, prayers and hymns.
On Saturday 25th July there will be an afternoon of talks starting at 2.30pm. Esther de Waal
and Michael Woodwood discuss 'Merton and the Arts', Charles MacCarthy will talk about
Merton and his own paintings on display, and there will be an opportunity to hear 'Merton in his
own voice' in the form of recorded talks.
14th-16th July 2015. Attention to Paradise - A guided retreat with Thomas Merton.
This retreat is suitable for those who are familiar with Merton, and those who aren't.
It will led by Gary Hall at Launde Abbey. Further details.
20th Jun 2015. ThomasMerton - Contemplative Writer - A study day, led by Stephen Dunhill,
at Warmsworth, nr Doncaster.
27th May, 2015. Thomas Merton - Contemplative Artist - A Day Retreat with Esther de Waal.
During the day, held at Llangasty Retreat House, Brecon, Esther will explore how,
in Merton's hands, a camera became an instrument of contemplation. Flyer for the event
The Well at 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.
23rd Apr 2015. Contemplative Photography with Merton A study day at Broughton Castle,
near Banbury, led by Revd Mary Lewis on the theme of The Western Isles,
Thomas Merton and Your Photography.
25th April 2015. Thomas Merton, Writer & Monk. A study day held at Walpole Hall, Edinburgh.
The day included talks by Stephen Dunhill & John McLuckie, canon of the cathedral,
a simple eucharist and lunch. The day ended with a birthday tea.
20th-22nd February, 2015. A Retreat with Thomas Merton led by Michael Woodward held at
Douai Abbey near Newbury, reflecting on Merton's life, work and wonderful creativity
in a prayerful monastic setting. Previous experience of Merton welcome but not essential.
31st Jan 2015 A Day of Celebration in London
11.15am – A Service of Celebration held at Notre Dame de France, London WC2H 7BX
The service was 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, Piccadilly,
London. The event started with a talk by John Moses, Dean Emeritus of St Paul’s Cathedral,
with the title ‘Why Merton matters’. This was followed by a panel discussion led by Revd Lucy
Winkett. On the panel was John Moses, Esther de Waal, Fiona Gardner & Metropolitan
Kallistos Ware. The afternoon ended with a birthday tea - including cake!
31st Jan 2015 A Merton Gathering in Glasgow at St Simon's Church, Partick, Glasgow.
The mass was taken by Fr Willy Slavin. Afterwards we repaired to a local hostelry for food,
fellowship & sharing.
31st Jan 2015 Celebrating Thomas Merton at Oakham School, Rutland.