Friday, February 22, 2008

ITMS Newsletter

-----Original Message-----
From: Pearson, Dr. Paul <>
Subject: ITMS Newsletter
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 14:57:52 -0500

Dear Friends,

The Spring 2008 ITMS Newsletter is now available on the ITMS web site - – the Newsletter will
also be included in the Spring Seasonal, but it will be a number of
weeks before this is mailed.

The closing date for applications for Shannon Fellowships for 2008-2009,
March 15th, is rapidly approaching. Details about the Fellowships can be
found on the ITMS web site at:

Also on the ITMS web site is the call for papers for the 11th ITMS
Conference to be held at Nazareth College in Rochester in June 2009. The
closing date for submitting proposals is May 1st – full details can be
found at:

New books by and about Thomas Merton continue to appear and details of
the latest publications can be found on the web at: recent highlights include:

An Introduction to Christian Mysticism: Initiation Into the Monastic
Tradition, 3, edited by Patrick O'Connell.

Thomas Merton: Master of Attention by Robert Waldron,

Choosing to Love the World, compiled by Jonathan Montaldo.

If you are in the Louisville area Albert Raboteau will be speaking at
Bellarmine on Thursday 28th February at 7 pm. The title of his talk will
be "Thomas Merton and Racial Reconciliation." Earlier in the day he
will be interviewed on State of Affairs in a live broadcast from
Bellarmine. It is possible to list to the interview over the internet by
going to the State of Affairs website:

March 18th marks the 50th Anniversary of Thomas Merton's epiphany on
the corner of Fourth and Walnut. A celebration of this anniversary will
take place on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at 5:30 p.m., at the Muhammad Ali
Center, One Muhammad Ali Plaza, 144 N. Sixth Street, Louisville, KY
40202. Members of the Louisville religious, civic and business
communities will participate by sharing their own experiences of
epiphany. The event is sponsored by the Thomas Merton Center of
Bellarmine University, the Louisville Bar Association, the Muhammad Ali
Center and Interfaith Paths to Peace. It will be followed by a brief
ceremony at the site of the epiphany (now Fourth and Muhammad Ali
Streets). Coinciding with the celebration is the opening at the Muhammad
Ali Center of the exhibit "A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of
Thomas Merton," which will run from March 18 until June 30.

In peace,


Dr Paul M Pearson.
Director and Archivist,
Thomas Merton Center,
Bellarmine University,
2001 Newburg Road,
Louisville, KY. 40205.

Tel: 502 452 8177.
Cell: 502 693 1937.
Fax: 502 452 8452.


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