The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Forthcoming Events

Thomas Merton with Road Scholar Program

Road Scholar Program "Week with Thomas Merton"

The Fall 2021 Merton Road Scholar [elderhostel] week will take place from Sunday 17th October until Friday 22nd October, 2021. For further details contact Abigail Walsh on (502) 272 8166 or by e-mail: or visit the Road Scholar website.

Dates for the Spring 2022 "Week with Merton" will be announced shortly.

Read about "A Week with Thomas Merton" in the Bellarmine Magazine.

15th Annual Thomas Merton Black History Month Lecture

“Lead Me, Guide Me”:
The Gift of Black Catholics to the Universal Church

Chris Pramuk

Virtual Event - Register Here or go to: 

February 21st 2021 - 3 pm. (EST)

Free and Open to the Public


Through oral history, poetry, and sacred song, Dr. Pramuk explores the dynamics of faith in the witness of Black Catholics in the United States. Their gift is an enduring gift of wisdom, as Thomas Merton describes it, an “attunement of opposite tensions” born in the crucible of African American experience and the Psalmist’s faith that God can “make a way out of no way.”

Dr. Christopher Pramuk is Regis University Chair of Ignatian Thought and Imagination, and an Associate Professor of Theology, where he teaches courses in theology and spirituality. He is the author of six books, including two award-winning studies of the famed Catholic monk and spiritual writer Thomas Merton, as well as Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line, a meditation on race relations in society and church. Chris’s latest book, The Artist Alive: Explorations in Music, Art, and Theology, draws from his many years of using music, poetry, and the arts in the classroom. Chris lectures widely around the country and has led retreats on topics such as racial justice, Ignatian spirituality, and the witness of Thomas Merton.

Co-sponsored by: Campus Ministry, Bellarmine University, Magee Christian Education Foundation and Louisville ITMS Chapter


Merton and Me - A Living Trinity

A Retreat Day with Douglas Hertler

October 23rd, 2021

10 am - 4.30 pm

Our Lady of the Woods Chapter, Bellarmine University

Booking Required - Details to Follow


Douglas Hertler, also known as Doug Lory, is a graduate of Monmouth University in Long Branch NJ where he received a BA in Speech/Communication/Theater.  His career has spanned virtually every facet of the acting industry, including TV, Film, & Theater, and he is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, the two professional actor’s unions in the U.S.  He is on the faculty of Fordham University School of Law where he works as an actor/educator, role playing with student attorneys in both client interview simulations as well as trial law examinations, exploring the intangible components of interpersonal and group communication.  He works as a licensed tour guide in New York City, having shared with tens of thousands of visitors for almost 20 years, the exciting, inspiring, and sometimes tragic history of a city which counts the ethnic and religious diversity of the world as its citizenry.  He is a member of the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS), the ITMS NYC Chapter, as well as a member of the American Teilhard Association.

Merton and Me - A Living Trinity, is an act of storytelling which explores the dynamics of the false self as seen through the eyes of an actor whose very vocation called him to become someone other than himself.  Written and presented by Douglas Hertler (known professionally as Doug Lory), it depicts his unexpected and life-changing encounter with the writings of Thomas Merton, most notably Merton’s classic No Man Is an Island.  While the conflicting personalities of Douglas Hertler and Doug Lory struggle to understand the true nature of their respective identities, Thomas Merton appears and reappears, creating a synergy of spirit and psyche that serves as a mirror into the soul.

Co-sponsored by: Campus Ministry, Bellarmine University and Louisville ITMS Chapter

'the sacrament of advent': Thomas Merton's Lessons and carols

Listen to Bonnie Thurston's talk:
'The Sacrament of Advent': Thomas Merton's Lessons and Carols

Clarinet solo by Anderson Reeves.

Recorded at Our Lady of the Woods Chapel on Friday 9th December, 2016

Bonnie B. Thurston is a founding member, past president and former board member of the ITMS. She is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and formerly professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is the editor of Merton and Buddhism (2007), Thomas Merton: On Eastern Meditation, Hidden in the Same Mystery: Thomas Merton and Loretto, and the author of numerous books on scripture and on spirituality, most recently Hidden in God: Discovering the Desert Vision of Charles de Foucauld, Practicing Silence: New and Selected Verses, A Place to Pay Attention O Taste and See: A Biblical Reflection of Experiencing God, and is now living in solitude in West Virginia.

The Paradox of Place: Thomas Merton's Photography

The exhibit of Merton's photographs celebrating the 40th Anniversary (1963-2003) of the Thomas Merton Collection at Bellarmine University is now a permanent exhibit displayed in the W. L. Lyons Brown Library on the Bellarmine University campus. This exhibit focuses on the places Merton visited in his final travels of 1968 including California, Alaska and Asia and the contrast with his photographs of Gethsemani and his hermitage.

Click here for a campus map and directions.

Financial assistance is needed to assist with funding these special events at the Thomas Merton Center. If you would be interested in assisting with funding, or becoming a major sponsor for one of these events please contact:
Dr Paul Pearson on (502) 272 8177 or by e-mail: