The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Plenary Sessions for ITMS 2019

Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam. 
Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam. is a Camaldolese monk and the current prior of New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, California. He has authored two books, Prayer in the Cave of the Heart and Spirit and Soul and Body, both published by Liturgical Press. OCP (Oregon Catholic Press) has published six collections of Fr. Cyprian's original music. He is currently working with Liturgical Press on the Psallite: Songs for the Liturgy of Life project.

Fr. Cyprian Consiglio will perform original songs that have grown out of his contemplative life as a monastic hermit, a student of eastern contemplative traditions and practitioner of Interreligious dialogue. His music, which draws from the richness of the Catholic liturgical tradition, insights from the world's spiritual masters and secular poets, is a gateway to contemplation and worship, community building and friendship with God.

Rose Marie Berger 
An advocacy journalist who reports on the intersection of faith, politics, and culture, Rose Marie Berger is a senior associate editor and poetry editor for Sojourners magazine. She has traveled in several conflict zones to report on peacemaking and currently is active in the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International, which formed in 2016 following a landmark April meeting in Rome on Catholics and nonviolence. Her writing has appeared in Sojourners, Religion News Service, U.S. Catholic, Huffington Post, The Merton Seasonal, as well as in the collections Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry, Watershed Discipleship, Unsettling the Word, and Choosing Peace: The Catholic Church Returns to Gospel Nonviolence. She has most recently published her first poetry collection, Bending the Arch.

A native of the West Coast, Rose was raised in the American River watershed, in traditional Miwok territory in California. For more than 30 years (and six presidential administrations), Rose has lived in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C., in the Anacostia watershed, in traditional Piscataway territory. You can learn more at and follow her @RMBerger.

Robert Ellsberg 
Robert Ellsberg is the Publisher of Orbis Books and the author, most recently, of A Living Gospel: Reading God’s Story in Holy Lives. His other award-winning books include Blessed Among Us: Saintly Lives for Every Day, All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time, and The Saints’ Guide to Happiness. He served as managing editor of The Catholic Worker for two years during the last years of Dorothy Day, and he has dedicated himself to editing her work and promoting her mission. He has edited Dorothy Day: Selected Writings, The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day, and All the Way to Heaven: Selected Letters of Dorothy Day. In addition he has edited anthologies of Thich Nhat Hanh, Gandhi, Flannery O’Connor, Charles de Foucauld, and Pope Francis. For the past four years he has written a daily entry on saints for Give Us This Day.

Ron Hansen 
Ron Hansen is the author of screenplays, two collections of stories, a book of essays, and nine novels, the most recent being The Kid, which is based on the life of the outlaw William H. Bonney. Ron graduated from Creighton University in Omaha and went on to the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop and Stanford University where he was a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellow. His novel Atticus was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. His novel The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. Mariette in Ecstasy won the Gold Medal in Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. Ron’s writing has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is currently the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University and a permanent deacon for the Diocese of San Jose.

Mark Meade 
Mark C. Meade is the Assistant Director of the Thomas Merton Center in Louisville, Kentucky, and President of the International Thomas Merton Society. Since coming to the Merton Center in 2003, he has created online finding aids to the Merton Collection, which include a full index of over 20,000 letters and nearly 40,000 manuscripts and published materials by and about Merton. He has delivered lectures on Thomas Merton in the United States, England, and Argentina. His essays on Merton have been published in the United States and Spain. His satirical essay on Merton appears in We Are Already One: Thomas Merton’s Message of Hope. His poems, essays, and reviews have been published in The Merton Seasonal and The Merton Annual.

Mark is active in the movement to abolish the death penalty in Kentucky. He has lectured and published papers on Merton's reflections on Albert Camus and both writers' opposition to the death penalty. He has contributed articles on visiting Kentucky's death row to Fellowship magazine and U.S. Catholic.

Daniel Berrigan Panel 

Frida Berrigan is a New London-based activist and writer. She has written on climate change, sustainability, gun control, and non-violent activism for The Nation and TomsDispatch, and she writes the Little Insurrections blog for She is the author of It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing into Rebellious Motherhood.

Eric Martin is co-editor of The Berrigan Letters: Personal Correspondence Between Daniel and Philip Berrigan and a doctoral candidate in theology at Fordham University, where he is working on a theological biography of Dan Berrigan before the Catonsville action using his unpublished letters. He is active with the Catholic Worker and the anti-white supremacy movement in Charlottesville.

Anna J. Brown is Chair of the political science department and Director of the social justice program at Saint Peter's University. She co-founded the University's Center for Undocumented Students. Along with James L. Marsh, she co-edited and contributed to the book, Faith, Resistance, and the Future: Daniel Berrigan's Challenge to Catholic Social Thought. She is a member of the Kairos peace community, which was co-founded by Daniel Berrigan, S.J., and has participated in numerous acts of nonviolent civil disobedience.

Ched Myers is an activist theologian who has worked in social change movements for more than 40 years. His books include: Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus; Who Will Roll Away the Stone? Discipleship Queries for First World Christians; The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics; Ambassadors of Reconciliation: A N.T. Theology and Diverse Christian Practices of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking (with Elaine Enns); Our God is Undocumented: Biblical Faith and Immigrant Justice (with Matthew Colwell); and most recently Watershed Discipleship: Reinhabiting Bioregional Faith and Practice. He and his partner Elaine Enns, a restorative justice practitioner, live in southern California, where they co-direct Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries ( and focus on building capacity among young faith and justice leaders.