Pre-Conference Tour: Merton Center

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

1pm Departure from Marriott, 2nd Street Entrance

3:30pm Return


Trappist monk Thomas Merton lived at the Abbey of Gethsemani (about an hour drive from Louisville) and had a special relationship with Bellarmine University (then Bellarmine College).  The Merton Center at Bellarmine University, established by Merton in 1963, serves as a national, and international resource for scholarship and inquiry on Merton and his works and also on the ideas he promoted: contemplative life, spirituality, ecumenism, East-West relations, personal and corporate inner work, peace, and social justice. The Merton Center regularly sponsors courses, lectures, retreats, seminars, Road Scholar programs, and exhibits for scholars, students, and the general public. ( It serves as the headquarters of the International Thomas Merton Society with which it co-publishes the Merton Seasonal and Merton Annual.  The Department of Theology at Bellarmine University will be providing a tour of the Merton Center, including visiting 4th and Muhammad Ali (the site of Merton’s transformative revelation).  The Bus will be leaving the hotel’s 2nd Street entrance at 1:00 pm and will return by 3:30 pm. Cost of the tour is $10.00 per person and pre-registration is required.