Merton 100

Thomas Merton Centennial Celebration at Nazareth College

All Events are Free and Open to the Public

“I love beer, and by that very fact, the world”: The Humor of Thomas Merton”

Presentation by Paul M. Pearson

Director and Archivist, Thomas Merton Center

Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY

1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 26. 2015

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“The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton” Showing of a new film by Morgan Atkinson followed by a Panel Discussion

7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Arts Center 14

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“The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton” Lecture by Paul M. Pearson

7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 5, 2015

Forum, Otto Shults Community Center

"A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton”

Exhibit from September 26 – November 4 during regular library hours. Presentation by Paul M. Pearson, Director and Archivist, Thomas Merton Center at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 26. 2015. http://www.naz.edu/library
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Thomas Merton: Alive at Fourth & Walnut

A one-man, one act play portraying the life and spiritual journey of writer-monk Thomas Merton.

By actor and playwright James Nagle

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Forum, Otto Shults Community Center

Sponsored in partnership with Western NY Call To Action


"“In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world, the world of renunciation and supposed holiness… This sense of liberation from an illusory difference was such a relief and such a joy to me that I almost laughed out loud… I have the immense joy of being man, a member of a race in which God Himself became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.” ~ Thomas Merton

trailer for "The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton"