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Thomas Merton Retreat & Seminar


Mount Aloysius College
Ecumenical Studies Center

July 13-18, 2014

Thomas Merton Retreat & Seminar

Tel: 814-886-6510

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Retreat-only: $200
Seminar-only: $200
Both: $350

About the Presenter

About the Presenter:

Dr. Bonnie Thurston wrote her doctoral dissertation on Thomas Merton and is most interested in his poetry and his inter-religious thought.  She was a founding member of the International Thomas Merton Society and served as its third president. She has written more than 30 scholarly articles on Merton, given retreats and lectured on Merton widely in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Europe. She is the editor of Thomas Merton And Buddhism (Fons Vitae Press, 2007), The Spiritual Landscape of Mark (Liturgical Press, 2008); For God Alone: A Primer on Prayer (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009); Hidden in the Same Mystery: Thomas Merton & Loretto (Fons Vitae, 2010) and Thomas Merton on Eastern Meditation (New Directions, 2012).Her most recent books are Belonging to Borders: A Sojourn in the Celtic Tradition (Liturgical Press, 2011); Maverick Mark: The Untamed First Gospel (Liturgical Press, 2013) and O Taste and See: A Biblical Reflection on Experiencing God (Paraclete Press, 2014). 

About the Retreat


The retreat (July 13 – 15) will be a quiet retreat with an emphasis on silence and solitude, and options for quiet at

Morning and evening talks:

  • “Merton Invites Us into Days of Contemplation”
  • “Merton on Solitude”
  • “Merton on Silence”
  • “Creative Consent: Saying ‘Yes’

On-site accommodations include air-conditioning; suites with living room, kitchenette, bath-room and two bedrooms; linens provided; campus walking areas. 

About the Seminar

Thomas Merton: Man of Letters

The seminar (July 16 – 18) will include input, discussion, times for reading and reflection.

Wednesday, July 16

3:00 p.m.
“Merton – Life and Letters”

7:00 p.m.
Film: Life of Merton

Thursday, July 17

9:00 a.m. 
“Merton: Autobiographer”

3:00 p.m.   
“Merton: Essays &

7:00 p.m.
Question/Answer Session

Friday, July 18

9:00 a.m.
“The Contemplative 
Vision of Merton’s Poetry”

Both events will include daily breakfast (8:00- 8:45 a.m.), lunch (Noon), and Dinner (5:30 p.m.)

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