Merton Institute for Contemplative Living is closing its doors

The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living, at 415 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. is closing its doors

According to a news release from the institute, it is “not able to financially sustain itself” any longer.

“Through the years numerous programs have been offered, DVDs and books created, and a vital virtual community grown,” the release said. It noted that the institute has introduced “tens of thousands of people to contemplative living and nurtured the contemplative lives of many.”

Over the next six weeks the institute will be looking to find homes for many of its programs and resources. The Abbey of Gethsemani, where Merton lived, has agreed “to assist in the operation of Bethany Spring, the Merton Institute’s retreat center,” the release noted. “Our hope is to find a home for our virtual community of 16,600.”

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