The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University



Audio Clips of Thomas Merton

Beginning in April 1962 Thomas Merton's lectures to the novices, and then later to the community, were recorded. All these recordings are housed in the archives at the Thomas Merton Center. These recordings were originally made on reel-to-reel tapes. Through financial assistance from the Merton Legacy Trust all these recordings have now been remastered on to compact discs and are available to researchers and visitors to the Merton Center.


Excerpt from Tape # 154, Track # 3 - Recorded by Thomas Merton at Gethsemani on August 20th, 1965.
This excerpt is from Merton's final address as novice master before his permanent move to the hermitage. Merton describes "a life without care."


Excerpt from Tape # 154, Track # 3 - Recorded by Thomas Merton at Gethsemani on August 20th, 1965.
Humorous selection from Thomas Merton's final address as novice master before moving full-time to his hermitage.


Excerpts from Tape # 175, Track # 4 and Tape # 176, Track # 1 - Recorded by Thomas Merton at Gethsemani on April 7th and 14th, 1968.
Merton reads letters from June Yungblut about the assassination and funeral Martin Luther King, Jr.


Excerpt from Tape # 214, Track # 9 - Recorded by Merton in his hermitage at Gethsemani on May 20th, 1967. Merton reads his curriculum vitae.


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