A Week With Thomas Merton
Immerse yourself in the life of Thomas Merton at Bellarmine University — official repository of Merton’s work — as you enjoy lectures, readings and a visit to his Abbey of Gethsemani.
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Program No. 1458RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

One of the 20th century’s leading Catholic mystics and thinkers, Thomas Merton’s writings and teachings inspired an awakening of spiritual exploration. There is no better place to study this Trappist monk than Bellarmine University, the official repository for Merton's manuscripts, poems, letters, journals, tapes, drawings, photography and memorabilia. Immerse yourself in Merton’s life through a multimedia survey of his published and unpublished works, critical studies and personal reflections, all emphasizing the unique place that Merton holds in the 21st century.
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On Your Feet
On two field trip days, getting on and off the bus several times and walking a short distance to and from areas of interest.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the Abbey of Gethsemani to meet those who lived and worked with Merton (if available) and view his gravesite.
  • Enjoy presentations on Thomas Merton by the Director of the Merton Center.
  • Be stimulated by Merton's profound thinking in selected writings, poetry, photographs and videos housed at the Merton Center.
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Brother Paul Quenon
Brother Paul Quenon has served as a Trappist monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani in northern Kentucky for more than 50 years. He is a poet who was inspired to lead a contemplative life and write by his mentor and fellow monk Thomas Merton. Brother Paul has published three volumes of poetry including, “Laugher, My Purgatory,” and is currently working on a fourth.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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