The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Awakening the Creative Spirit

Conference Timetable


Friday, October 19 2018


8:00 a.m. -

6:45 p.m.

The Merton Center will be open extended hours 8 am--6:45 pm, including special displays relevant to Merton's death.

7:00 p.m.

“The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton”
film screening plus Q and A 
with filmmaker Morgan Atkinson



Saturday,October 20 2018


7:30 a.m.

Mass at Our Lady of the Woods Chapel on the Bellarmine campus Celebrated by Fr. Michael Casagram, OSCO

8:00 a.m.

Registration and coffee in the Cralle Theater Lobby

9:00 a.m.

Monks, Merton, and Music Fr. Michael Casagram OSCO, Br. Paul Quenon, OSCO and Dick Sisto.

10:00 a.m.

Coffee Break.

10:30 a.m.

Keynote Address:
Preamble:  Frederick Smock, Poet Laureate of Kentucky                         Keynote Address:  Robert Ellsberg - “Merton, Nouwen and Day”

12:00 p.m.


1:30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Afternoon Sessions

Track 1:

Track 2:

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

  Meditative Calligraphy Workshop

  Laurie Doctor

  Fireplace Room

Due to the meditative and structural nature of Laurie’s workshops, this session is reserved for those able to attend the entire workshop. Cell phones, smart watches, etc. are turned off for the duration of the workshop.



1:00    Mercy for People and the Planet

            - Joseph of Arimathea Society

            - The Green Burial Initiative,
            Susan Classen, co-member, SL

 2:00   Sacred Sites and Sacred Images

            - Pilgrimage -Will Peterson

            - Icons – Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB

 3:00    Afternoon Break

 3:30    Merton in the Gallery and in the Classroom

            - Merton as Paradigm, Melanie Prejean-Sullivan        

            - Shelby Thomas, Thomas Merton Study
            Project for 5th/6th grades

            - Penny Sisto, Searching for Thomas Merton:
An Artistic Tribute


4:30 p.m.

Closing Liturgy 

5:00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Wine and Cheese Farewell Reception with Accompaniment by the Sean Breton Trio


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