The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Forthcoming Events

Thomas Merton with Road Scholar Program

Road Scholar Program "Week with Thomas Merton"

The Fall 2014 Merton Road Scholar program will take place from Sunday 19th October until Friday 24th October, 2014. This program is fully booked. For further details contact Linda Bailey on (502) 272 8161 or by e-mail: or visit the Road Scholar website.

The Spring 2015 Merton Road Scholar [elderhostel] week will take place from Sunday 15th March until Friday 20th March, 2015.

Spiritual Roots of Protest
50th Anniversary event

Roots on Hermitage Porch


Friday and Saturday 24th and 25th October, 2014

Presenters will include:
Tom Cornell, Bob Cunnane, Rev. John Dear, Jim Forest, Joe Grant, Kelly Johnson, Gordon Oyer and Joe Tropea

Friday 24th at 7 pm - Free and Open to the Public:

The Louisville premier of the award winning documentary film “Hit and Stay,” about Catholic Resistance draft board actions in the Sixties. The filmmaker Joe Tropea will introduce the film and be available after the showing for questions and answers.

Saturday 25th - 9 am - 4 pm - Registration Required:

An overview of the retreat by Gordon Oyer followed by presentation and discussion by three of the remaining participants: Tom Cornell, Bob Cunnane, Jim Forest.

A presentation by Joe Grant  looking at the lessons of the retreat and their application to the social issues we face now, continuing that conversation begun at Gethsemani. Issues may include: the Occupy movement, terrorism, environment, as well as many of the same issues Merton wrote about in the 60's, including racism, war and peace. This will be followed by presentations and discussion by John Dear and Kelly Johnson.

Saturday 25th - 7 pm - Free and Open to the Public:

Presentations by Tom Cornell, John Dear and Jim Forest.


Further details to be announced...

Thomas Merton and the Spanish Mystics

Cristóbal Serrán-Pagán y Fuentes


Friday 13th March, 2015 - 7pm

Monastery of Mary Immaculate and St. Joseph, 1740 Newburg road, Louisville


Saturday 14th March, 2015 - 10 AM - 4 pm

Our lady of the woods chapel, Bellarmine University


Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the birth of St. Theresa of Avila and the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University along with the Monastery of Mary Immaculate and St. Joseph is hosting a celebration of Thomas Merton's interest in the Spanish mystics and the Carmelite Order.

Cristóbal Serrán-Pagán y Fuentes is currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Valdosta State University (Valdosta, Georgia) and editor of the volume Merton & the Tao: Dialogues with John Wu and the Ancient Sages.

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: