Bellarmine to mark 50th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s death

Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk and author who fostered interfaith relations, will be celebrated on Jan. 30 at an event to promote the upcoming Festival of Faiths. (Record File Photo)

Bellarmine University will hold several events to mark the 50th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s death.

“Searching for Thomas Merton: An Artistic Tribute 1968-2018” by Joe McGee and Penny Sisto will be exhibited in Bellarmine University’s McGrath Art Gallery from Nov. 30 through Jan. 12. The opening reception for the artists will be Nov. 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A Tibetan Sacred Sand Mandala by the monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3-6 in the Thomas Merton Center on the Bellarmine campus. The opening ceremony will take place on Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. The closing ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 10.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz will preside at a Mass to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Thomas Merton on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth Street. Cistercian Father Lawrence Morey, novice master and archivist of the Abbey of Gethsemani and editor of Cistercian Studies Quarterly, will give the homily.

Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani. More than 60 titles of Merton’s work are in print in English, including Merton’s best-selling autobiographical work, “The Seven Storey Mountain.”

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