Recent Events
 
Details of our previous residential conferences may be found under the 'Resources' tab.
Note: If you are organising a Merton event in GB or Ireland and would like to advertise it on our website please email the details to: committee@thomasmertonsociety.org.uk

15th-18th July 2019 'Lord, what do you want me to do'  An exploration of vocation aided by the
     writings of Thomas Merton and the abstract paintings of the leader, Revd Canon Robert Wright
     at St Mary's Convent, Freeland, Oxfordshire This retreat is organised by the Third Order of the
     Society of Saint Francis. 

13th June 2019 On the Edge of Insight:The Contemplative Mysticism of Thomas Merton
     'Spirituality of the Edge' summer lectures with Fiona Gardner.
     Lower mews, Christ Church, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2RH

18th May 2019 Thomas Merton - Contemplative Poet. An introduction to Merton's Contemplative
     Poetry with Stephen Dunhill and musical settings by James D'Angelo.
     at Colet House, Hammersmith, London.

23rd February 2019 Thomas Merton - Master of Contemplation. A quiet day led by Peter Tyler
      at The House of Prayer, Eastmoseley, Surrey.

11th January - 13th January 2019 'To be human in this most inhuman of ages' A European
     symposium to mark the fiftieth anniversary of 
the death of Thomas Merton held at
     Muensterschwarzach Abbey, Germany. 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.

13th December 2018 An Evening with Jim Forest reflecting on Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day
     & Daniel Berrigan at S
t Pancras Church, Eversholt Street, London NW1. Jim Forest knew,
     worked with and has written on Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day & Daniel Berrigan. 

8th December 2018 The Spiritual Roots of Protest & Merton's Enduring Legacy
     A study day held at The Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh led by Jim Forest, 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.
 

8th December 2018 A Day with Thomas Merton on the 50th anniversary of his death,
     held at The Lion Ballroom, Leominster, Herefordshire, with Fiona Gardner, James D'Angelo,
     and
Charles MacCarthyThe day included reflections, a musical setting of poems byMerton,
     and the opportunity 
to hear a recording of Merton teaching his novices.

24th November 2018 Merton & Barth: Word & Silence - Prayer & Protest. A day of reflection and
     conversation on the legacies of Thomas Merton and Karl Barth to mark the 50th anniversary
     of their deaths on 10th Dec 1968. Held at St Michael's Priory, Milton Keynes, with Gary Hall
     & Ashley Cocksworth

12th November 2018 Living the Good Life with Thomas Merton with James Cronin
     The Ennismore Retreat Centre, Montenotte, Cork, Ireland . Throughout history, philosophers

     have asked the question: how should we live? In this conversation James Cronin,
     University College Cork, introduces participants to the writings of American Trappist
     Thomas Merton to uncover Merton’s understanding of the good life.

2nd November - 15th November 2018 An Exhibition of Paintings by Robert Wright
     At Whirlow Spirituality Centre, Sheffield.With intense use of colour, in twenty
     striking abstract
patterns, Robert explored the solitude and silence of Merton's dark
     path of contemplation.
In addition Robert led two workshops reflecting on his own
     work in conjunction with photographs 
by Merton on November 2nd and November 5th. 

22nd September 2018 A Quiet Day on Thomas Merton with Bonnie Thurston
     At St Katharine's House, East London After an introduction to Merton's life and thought,

     we will explore what he meant by 'contemplation'. There will be time and space fo
     silent reflection as well as questions and discussion.

22nd-24th June 2018 Alive to the Splendour: A Weekend with Thomas Merton
     Led by Stephen Dunhill, Canon John McLuckie & Canon Anne Tomlinson  Held at
     The Cathedral of the Isles on The Isle of Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde,
     a 10 minute ferry ride from Largs, 35 miles west of Glasgow. 

12th-15th June Thomas Merton: Prophecy and Renewal - A Residential Symposium held at
     Sant'Anselmo, Rome Keynote Speakers: Dr Paul M. Pearson & Michael Casey OCSO
     Fifty years 
after his death, we may well ask: How does Merton’s legacy remain
     relevant today?

22nd March 2018 Beyond the Shadow and the Disguise: The Spiritual Maturity of
     Thomas Merton  A Study Day led by Fiona Gardner in Salisbury This day will
     explore aspects
 of Merton's mature spirituality, focusing on his epiphany in front
     of the Buddhist statues
at Polonnaruwa a few days before his death. 

2nd December 2017 Thomas Merton - His Life, Work & Witness - a retreat day for Advent
     led by Fr Dan Horan at The Meditatio Centre, London ECD1R 1XX.This day, held
     in conjunction with The World Community for Christian Meditation, included talks, period
     of meditation and a shared act of reflective worship.

17th July 2017. Thomas Merton & Sufism - a lecture exploring the influence of Sufism
     on Merton's thought. A lecture given by Virginia Gray Henry, director of the
     Kentucky-based publisher Fons Vitae, in London. 

9th-11th June 2017. Thomas Merton's Prophetic Practice - A Residential Retreat
     led by Gary Hall. What does it mean to ‘be human in this most inhuman of ages’, to
     ‘transfigure the evil and stricken world’ with ‘words of hope’ This retreat will explore these
     questions of Thomas Merton, and his responses as he continues to speak into the heart
     of our turbulent times, beckoning us into an expansive, visionary political life open to
     unknown futures. Held at Launde Abbey on the borders of Leicestershire and Rutland.  

20th May 2017. True Prayer: True Justice - A Day to Celebrate the Work of the Urban
     Theologian Kenneth Leech This day, convened by the Bishop of Liverpool,
     Rt Rev Paul Bayes, held at Liverpool Hope,University. With Terry Drummond,
     Alison Milbank and George Guiver CR.

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.