ITMS Introduction and Membership
The ITMS came into being in 1987 to promote a greater knowledge of the life and writings of Thomas Merton, one of the most influential religious figures of our time. The Society sponsors biennial conferences devoted to Merton and his work and supports the writing of general-interest and scholarly books and articles about Merton. In addition the ITMS awards regular grants to researchers and scholarships to youth. It encourages a variety of activities such as Merton retreats. Local Chapters and Affiliates of the ITMS across the world reflect a wide range of personal interest and approaches to Thomas Merton.
Randy Browning portrait of Thomas Merton
Gift to the Merton Center by
Elizabeth Griffin Bonazzi and Robert Bonazzi
GOALS OF THE ITMS
ITMS MEMBERS BENEFITS
Members of the ITMS receive information on a continuing basis about events connected with Thomas Merton at international, national, regional, and local levels. Members receive The Merton Seasonal quarterly (which includes the Newsletter of the ITMS twice a year). Members can also purchase The Merton Annual at a special rate. Both publications contain articles and updated bibliographies giving members access to the most recent thinking about Merton. Members are entitled to reduced rates for General Meetings and have access to the rich collection of Merton manuscripts, photos, drawings, and memorabilia at the Thomas Merton Center in the W.L. Lyons Brown Library at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.
Details about how to join the ITMS.
The ITMS holds a General Meeting every other year. These forums produce lively exchanges, spiritual renewal and new scholarly Merton research on an international scale. The fifteenth general meeting was held in in Olean, New York from 15-18 June 2017 at St. Bonaventure University and the sixteenth general meeting will be held in Santa Clara, California from 27-30 June 2019 at St. Clara University.
In the year following an ITMS General Meeting, regional ITMS-sponsored retreats are offered during the fall and summer and are based on the theme of the last Meeting.