Explore the Legacy of Thomas Merton
On Thursday, February 26, join the University
for "Uncaging Our Minds and Opening the Ears of Our Hearts: Thomas
Merton's Legacy for Contemplative Living." Part of the Distinguished
Guest Lecture Series, the event will take place at 4 p.m. in Jubilee
Hall Auditorium and will feature Distinguished Guest Lecturer Jonathan
Montaldo, Associate Director of the Thomas Merton Center for
Contemplative Living in Louisville, Kentucky.
Montaldo will deliver a critical retrospective on major elements of
Thomas Merton's legacy for readers in the 21st century. He will examine
Merton's personal and compassionate transparency to his life's cohorts
in his autobiographical writing, and his monastic life's tendency
toward developing a universal inclusiveness -- Catholicity -- with all
In addition to his role in the Thomas Merton Center for Contemplative
Living, Montaldo is resident director of Bethany Spring, the Merton
Institute Retreat Center one mile from the Abbey of Gethsemani.
He is a former director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine
University and a past president of the International Thomas Merton
Montaldo has also demonstrated his extensive knowledge and expertise
through his publications. He edited Entering the Silence, Volume 2 and
The Intimate Merton with Brother Patrick Hart. Additionally, he
published Dialogues with Silence, Merton & Hesychasm, A Year with
Thomas Merton, Lent & Easter Wisdom from Thomas Merton, Thomas
Merton: In My Own Words and Choosing To Love the World: Thomas Merton
on Contemplation. He has co-edited a nine volume series for small group
dialogue entitled Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton
and has most recently co-edited Soul Searching: the Journey of Thomas
Merton with documentary film maker Morgan Atkinson. His Merton
documentary of the same name debuted nationally on PBS in December 2008
to mark the 40th anniversary of Merton’s death on December 10, 1968.
Finally, Montaldo has produced three audio books: The Intimate
Merton, Contemplative Prayer and No Man Is an Island.
"Uncaging Our Minds and Opening the Ears of Our Hearts: Thomas Merton's
Legacy for Contemplative Living" is co-sponsored by the Center for
Catholic Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Partial funding for this event has also been provided by the College of
Arts and Sciences, thanks to the generous support of the President's
Advisory Council members.
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