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Thomas Merton as Mentor

for Contemplative Practice

Entering the School of Our Lives &

Praying within the Church of Our Friends    

An Online Weekend Retreat


Jonathan Montaldo

Saturday, May 1

2-4 pm PDT


Sunday, May 2

10-12 pm

2-4 pm PDT


We will ruminate together over key texts from Merton’s private journals in order to provide a mirror and a window for our own contemplative practice, the disciplined inner work of entering the school of all our relations, and praying within the community of our life’s best friends. These texts offer vivid prompts for examining our grace-filled  identities in Christ, while incarnating our own place in God’s “beloved community” in and through which, Merton insists “We are already one.”

Jonathan Montaldo served as Director of the principal archive of the monk and writer’s works at the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. He also served as the Associate Director of The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living, directing Bethany Spring (the Institute’s retreat center) one mile from Merton’s monastery, the Abbey of Gethsemani, in Trappist, Kentucky. He created the ten-booklet series for small group discussion, Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton and coedited The Intimate Merton: His Life from His Journals.  His many renditions of Merton’s writing include A Year with Thomas Merton and Thomas Merton’s Dialogues with Silence. He narrated five Merton audiobooks and continues his twenty-year service as the Co-General Editor of the nine-volume Fons Vitae series, Thomas Merton & World Religions. He presents retreats internationally based on Merton’s legacy for mentoring our spiritual formations. 

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