Merton's 100th birthday to be noted - Catholic Courier
Trappist Father Thomas Merton, one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century, is pictured in an undated photo. Trappist Father Thomas Merton, one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century, is pictured in an undated photo.

Merton’s 100th birthday to be noted

All are welcome to a celebration marking Thomas Merton’s 100th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 31. It will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Lorette Wilmot Library at Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford.

The event — which falls on Merton’s actual birthday — will kick off a yearlong celebration both locally and worldwide of the famed Trappist monk, who died in 1968. For details on the Jan. 31 gathering, contact Christine M. Bochen at 585-389-2728 or cbochen4@naz.edu.

Father Merton still inspires

Nazareth College has long been a hub for Merton activity. The late Msgr. William H. Shannon, a Rochester diocesan priest and longtime professor at the college, was a Merton scholar and a founder of the International Thomas Merton Society.

"Merton continues to be widely read and for good reason," said Bochen, a religious-studies professor at Nazareth, who serves as chair of the Merton society’s centenary committee. "His writings on contemplation and prayer, on social issues such as violence, war and racism, and on the necessity for inter-religious dialogue and understanding, continue to resonate with readers in the 21st century." 

An ongoing update of Merton centenary events can be found at merton.org.

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