1458
Louisville
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
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Louisville, KY
D
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Louisville East

Activity note: Please note: The itinerary is based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust the itinerary or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding.

Afternoon: Pick up packet at hotel beginning at 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Welcome, orientation and program overview. Get to know your fellow participants and program staff.

DAY
2
Merton Center, Presentations on Merton, Visit Cathedral
Louisville, KY
B,L,D
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Louisville East

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Presentation on Thomas Merton by Director of Merton Center in the Center. View Merton Square and Marker in downtown Louisville. Attend Noon Mass at Cathedral (optional).

Lunch: Lunch at downtown restaurant

Afternoon: Presentation on Thomas Merton by Director of Center. Explore the Center.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Dulcimer Performance

DAY
3
3 Presentations on Merton, DVD on "Monks Who Knew Merton
Louisville, KY
B,L,D
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Louisville East

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Presentations on "Merton and Poetry" and Merton's Cold War Letters" at Bellarmine Merton Center.

Lunch: Lunch at University Dining Hall.

Afternoon: Presentation on: "Merton the Artist at Bellarmine Merton Center. Explore the Merton Center.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: DVD "Taste of Gethsemani: Monks Who Knew Merton"

DAY
4
Thomas Merton Presentations, Free Time, DVD on Gethsemani
Louisville, KY
B,L,D
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Louisville East

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Presentation at hotel meeting room: "Letting God Work in Us and Through Us" followed by viewing of DVD about Gethsemani.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon: Suggestions for free afternoon: sightseeing, a visit on your own to the Merton Center, reading, relaxation.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: Presentation on "Merton and Interreligious Dialogue"

DAY
5
Cathedral & Bookstore in Bardstown, KY, visit to Gethsemani
Louisville, KY
B,L,D
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Louisville East

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Travel to Bardstown, KY, to visit St. Joseph's Proto-Cathedral and a bookstore that sells Merton books.

Lunch: Lunch at restaurant in Bardstown, KY.

Afternoon: Visit the Abbey of Gethsemani in Gethsemani, KY. While there, attend the Office of Nones, listen to presentation by a monk who knew Merton (if available), and visit Merton's gravesite.

Dinner: Dinner at Hotel

Evening: Discuss Merton essay "Day of a Stranger" (optional)

DAY
6
Thomas Merton Presentations, Program Concludes
Louisville, KY
B,L

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: 2 Presentations: "Spiritual and Ecological Insight from Merton and Rachel Carson" and "Merton's Geography of Place"/Closing Activities.

Lunch: Lunch at 11:30 AM. Program ends after lunch.

Afternoon: Independent departures after lunch.