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 Immerse yourself in Merton’s life through a multimedia survey of his published and unpublished works, critical studies and personal reflections, all emphasizing the unique place that Merton holds in the 21st century.
Activity Level
Easy Going
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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Vanessa Hurst
Vanessa Hurst is the former executive director and former retreat center director of The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living, Louisville, Ky. She holds an M.S. in natural health from the Clayton College of Natural Health, and a B.A. in forensic studies and religious studies from Indiana University. Vanessa is co-facilitator of the Compassion and Faith Houses Subcommittee and coordinator of social media engagement and online marketing for Compassionate Louisville. She is also a board member of the Wayne Oates Institute. Vanessa was a member of the programming committee for the Dalai Lama's visit to Louisville in May 2013.

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

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