Thomas Merton

Melbourne Chapter - Australian Thomas Merton Society (ATMS)

Thomas Merton

(Used with permission of the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University)

 

Thomas Merton is recognised as America's most influential mystic of the 20th Century.  He was born in Prades France on 31 January 1915 and died in Bangkock Thailand on 10 December 1968.

Merton is recognised as a leader in discovering the contemplative moment in day-to-day living.  His writings on the contemplative life for lay people and its application in areas of social justice, peace and ecology are still on best seller lists.

Merton has also been acclaimed as a pioneer in inter-religious dialogue.  His profound understanding of Buddhism has been recognised by the Dalai Lama.  Research continues on Merton's understanding of Islamic Sufism and its parallel concepts in Christian mysticism.

The Janssen Centre is happy to host the Melbourne Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society.  The ITMS (Melbourne) endeavours to promote a greater knowledge of the life and writings of Thomas Merton, one of the most influential religious figures of the 20th Century.      READ MORE>>

TO CONTACT the ATMS Melbourne Chapter:  please send an email message to - Dr Stewart Sharlow, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or telephone: Mobile: 04 9017 5645

For a brief summary of Merton's life:  READ MORE>>

Meetings of the 'Thomas Merton Bridges to Contemplative Living' Groups.   The Centre also hosts the 'Thomas Merton Bridges to Contemplative Living Programme' and offers retreats, seminars, workshops and Days of Reflection and Prayer on the life and writings of Thomas Merton.  To contact the Co-ordinator of the Merton Bridges Programme, please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .   READ MORE>>  

Thomas Merton Spiritual Development Program Workshops and Training Sessions for teachers, spiritual directors  and pastoral workers are conducted periodically at the Janssen Centre. Members of the Melbourne Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society are happy to offer these sessions regionally in schools as part of Teacher Training Days or in parishes as Spiritual Development Days.  To contact the Co-ordinator of the Thomas Merton Spiritual Development Programme, please send an email to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.