Calendar of Events

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

  • Location: Frazier Hall
  • Symposium: Thomas Merton & the Catholic Worker Tradition: 21st Century Practices of Compassion and ‘Works of Mercy’ (In partnership with Interfaith Paths to Peace and Compassionate Louisville)
  • 4:00 p.m. Lecture: "To be a Saint: Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, and the Call to Holiness," Robert Ellsberg. (The Publisher of Orbis Books, he was part of the Catholic Worker community in New York City, where he worked with Dorothy Day during the last five years of her life)

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

  • RSVP to Fr. George Kilcourse
  • Symposium: Thomas Merton & the Catholic Worker Tradition: 21st Century Practices of Compassion and ‘Works of Mercy’ (In partnership with Interfaith Paths to Peace and Compassionate Louisville)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Workshops (3 topical titles, TBA) Topical workshops with local social service agency leaders, Justice and Peace organizations, Metro government personnel, and representatives from Religious Communities and NGOs. The symposium concludes with 12 Noon Luncheon discussion and building a consensus on three Metro Louisville goals for compassion and 'works of mercy' and three Bellarmine campus-wide goals for compassion and 'works of mercy'

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015

  • The 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth in Prades, France
  • 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Thomas Merton Centennial Exhibit, The Thomas Merton Center (upper floor of W.L. Lyons Brown Library, Bellarmine University) A special selection of photos, artifacts, and rarely exhibited manuscripts from the Bellarmine University Merton Collection.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

  • By invitation only – RSVP to Fr. George Kilcourse
  • Fêting Merton: Menu of Southern France @ Bistro Le Relais
  • 6:30 p.m. World Premiere: ‘In Thomas Merton’s Words’: A Solo performance with Chorus (*The Feast of St. Joseph, the day when Merton first writes in his journal about his 1958 transformational revelation the day before at 4th and Walnut, Louisville) Directed and Produced by Dr. John S. Gatton and Carol Stewart
  • 7:30 p.m. Festive Dinner

Saturday, March 28, 2015

  • Location: Cralle Theater
  • 10:00 a.m. Lecture: "Beyond Dialogue: Christogenesis and Conscious Evolution," Ilia Delio, OSF (Haub Director of Catholic Studies and Visiting Professor at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

  • 7:00 p.m. "Revisiting 'Why Alienation is for Everybody,'" Merton's "Introduction" to a volume of poetry by West End Louisville Poets, September 1968. (Frank X. Walker: Kentucky Poet Laureate and Professor, University of Kentucky and Harry Pickens, Jazz Pianist)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

  • Conference: Engaging our Increasingly Secular Age
  • George G. Brown Center’s Frazier Hall
  • 10:30 a.m. Keynote Lecture: “After Christendom” by Dr. Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, McGill University, Montreal, is the author of Sources of the Self (Harvard U P, 1992) and his magisterial A Secular Age (Belknap Press of Harvard U P, 2007) recognized by the 2007 Templeton Foundation Prize and awarded Japan’s 2008 Kyoto Prize.
  • Noon – LUNCH (

    RSVP to to reserve a free boxed lunch.


  • 1:00 p.m. Response: Dr. Peter Steinfels, Founding Director of the Center on Religion and Culture, Fordham University, Professor Emeritus at Fordham University, longtime editor of Commonweal, a journal of political, religious and literary opinion, and author of the highly acclaimed A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America (Simon & Schuster, 2004) 
  • Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault will be unable to attend this conference because of a medical emergency from which she is recovering. 

November 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015

  • Exhibition: Merton Manuscripts, Drawings, and Artifacts (from the archives of Bellarmine University’s Thomas Merton Center) The Frazier History Museum 829 W. Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky

Monday, November 9, 2015 (exact date and time TBA)

  • 8:00 p.m. "Thomas Merton and Hindu Wisdom: Knowing Self, Knowing Other," Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J. (Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, and Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School)

November 2015 (exact date and time TBA)

  • Celebrating Thomas Merton’s Love of the Arts
  • Wendy Whelan, Primary Ballerina, The New York City Ballet (In collaboration with The Louisville Ballet)

For more information on The Thomas Merton Centennial, please email Fr. George Kilcourse.