The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Forthcoming Events

Thomas Merton with Road Scholar Program

Road Scholar Program "Week with Thomas Merton"

The Spring 2019 Merton Road Scholar [elderhostel] week will take place from Sunday 31st March until Friday 5th April, 2019. For further details contact Linda Bailey on (502) 272 8161 or by e-mail: or visit the Road Scholar website.

The Fall 2019 "Week with Merton" will be from October 20-25, 2019.

Read about "A Week with Thomas Merton" in the Bellarmine Magazine.

Spiritual Catalyst for Compassion:

50th Anniversary of the Auspicious Meetings of

Thomas Merton and His Holiness the Dalai Lama
November 8th, 2018 - 7 pm. 

Frazier Hall

Searching for Thomas Merton:
An Artistic Tribute 1968-2018

by Joe  McGee and Penny Sisto

November 30th, 2018 - January 12th, 2019.

Open Daily

McGrath Art Gallery, Bellarmine University


Tibetan Sacred Sand Mandala
by Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery

December 3rd - 6th, 2018
Daily 10 am - 5 pm

Thomas Merton Center

Opening Ceremony: December 3rd at 11.00 am
Closing Ceremony: December 10th at 11.00 am  

December 10th, 2018 - 7 pm

Cathedral of the Assumption


Mass to mark the 50th Anniversary of the death of
Thomas Merton on December 10th, 1968


Celebrant: Rt. Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville.

Concelebrant: Elias Dietz, OCSO., Abbot of Our Lady of Gethsemani.


'the sacrament of advent': Thomas Merton's Lessons and carols

Listen to Bonnie Thurston's talk:
'The Sacrament of Advent': Thomas Merton's Lessons and Carols

Clarinet solo by Anderson Reeves.

Recorded at Our Lady of the Woods Chapel on Friday 9th December, 2016

Bonnie B. Thurston is a founding member, past president and former board member of the ITMS. She is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and formerly professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is the editor of Merton and Buddhism (2007), Thomas Merton: On Eastern Meditation, Hidden in the Same Mystery: Thomas Merton and Loretto, and the author of numerous books on scripture and on spirituality, most recently Hidden in God: Discovering the Desert Vision of Charles de Foucauld, Practicing Silence: New and Selected Verses, A Place to Pay Attention O Taste and See: A Biblical Reflection of Experiencing God, and is now living in solitude in West Virginia.

The Paradox of Place: Thomas Merton's Photography

The exhibit of Merton's photographs celebrating the 40th Anniversary (1963-2003) of the Thomas Merton Collection at Bellarmine University is now a permanent exhibit displayed in the W. L. Lyons Brown Library on the Bellarmine University campus. This exhibit focuses on the places Merton visited in his final travels of 1968 including California, Alaska and Asia and the contrast with his photographs of Gethsemani and his hermitage.

Click here for a campus map and directions.

Financial assistance is needed to assist with funding these special events at the Thomas Merton Center. If you would be interested in assisting with funding, or becoming a major sponsor for one of these events please contact:
Dr Paul Pearson on (502) 272 8177 or by e-mail: