The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Forthcoming Events

Thomas Merton with Road Scholar Program

Road Scholar Program "Week with Thomas Merton"

The Spring 2016 Merton Road Scholar [elderhostel] week will take place from Sunday 6th March until Friday 11th March, 2016. For further details contact Linda Bailey on (502) 272 8161 or by e-mail: or visit the Road Scholar website.

The Fall "Week with Merton" will be from October 16th - 21st, 2016.


Thomas Merton:
A Familiar Stranger

January 31 - May 29, 2016

Frazier History Museum
829 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Opening on what would have been Thomas Merton’s 101st birthday, January 31, 2016, Thomas Merton: A Familiar Stranger is an exploration into the influence and legacy of one of American’s most widely read spiritual writers. Touching on Merton’s thoughts on peace and compassion, this exhibition examines racism, violence and interfaith relationships. This exhibit seeks to challenge visitors to think in new ways about their place in the world, their connections with others and to help foster compassion for our fellow people.

From the collections of The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University and the photographic archives of the Courier-Journal this exhibit examines race, nonviolence and compassion in the words of one of America’s most influential spiritual writers. See how topics that were at the forefront of public consciousness in Merton’s time remain vitally important today, and how one man’s words inspired millions of people, including Pope Francis.

1968 is arguably the most tumultuous year in modern American social history.  On the fourth of April, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis.  At the end of the year, between a temporary halt to the bombing in North Vietnam and a manned spacecraft orbit of the moon, another death occurred. It was, like his life, a quiet death, but the consequences of it have reverberated across the subsequent decades.  Thomas Merton’s accidental death on Dec. 10, 1968, in Bangkok, Thailand—coupled with the loss of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—ended forever the speculation that these two great spiritual leaders might have together changed the course of history.

Frazier History Museum

Merton Exhibit @ Frazier History Museum

Thomas Merton Events @ Frazier History Museum


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.

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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: