Thomas Merton Symposium 2018
Keynote papers
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Rmus Gregory J. Polan OSB
Abbot Primate
Benedictine Confederation

Rmus Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori
Abbot General
Cistercian Order

Associazione Thomas Merton Italia
Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University
Pontificia Accademia per la Vita
Studia Monastica de l'Abadia de Montserrat
Thomas Merton Symposium 2018


Thomas Merton Symposium : Prophecy and Renewal    :    12-15 June 2018
Sant’Anselmo, Roma    :    map here

By the time of his death in 1968, Thomas Merton’s writings had amply illustrated his expansive interests, experience and faith. As a practicing monk, he also had taken part in the social movements of the time by writing books on the monastic experience and its relationship to peace, nonviolence, racial inclusiveness and world justice. Pope Francis recently named him one of four great Americans. Fifty years after his death, we may well ask: How does Merton’s legacy remain relevant today?

The Monastic Institute of Sant’Anselmo, founded in 1952 by the Faculty of Theology, will help answer that question. Throughout the remainder of 2017, we will invite proposals of interdisciplinary reflections on Merton’s work. In 2018, between 12 – 15 June, Sant’Anselmo will host an international symposium to explore these reflections here on the Aventine Hill in Rome, in conjunction with the Associazione Thomas Merton Italia.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Paul M. Pearson
Director and Archivist
Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky and
Chief of Research
Merton Legacy Trust

Michael Casey OCSO
Abbey of Tarrawarra, Melbourne
Eminent monastic writer and conference leader
Recent books include
Strangers to the City: Reflections on the Beliefs and Values of the Rule of Saint Benedict and
The Road to Eternal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of Saint Benedict’s Rule

Organized by

Monastic Institute, Faculty of Theology
Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo, Rome
Associazione Thomas Merton Italia

Honorary Patronage

Rmus Gregory J. Polan OSB, Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation and
Rmus Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori O.Cist., Abbot General of the Cistercian Order

Advisory Board

Christine M. Bochen
Professor of Religious Studies
William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies
Rochester, NY- USA

Michael Casey, OCSO
Abbey of Tarrawarra
Melbourne – AUSTRALIA

James G.R. Cronin
Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland
University College Cork
Republic of IRELAND

Don Angelo Maffeis
Presidente Istituto Paolo VI
Concesio (BS) – ITALIA

Jonathan Montaldo
General Editor of the Fons Vitae Thomas Merton Series
Former director of the Thomas Merton Center

Don Antonio Montanari
Direttore Centro Studi di Spiritualità
Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia Settentrionale
Milano – ITALIA

Patrick O’Connell
Editor, The Merton Seasonal
Gannon University
Erie, PA – USA

Don Andrea Pacini
Direttore Rivista Archivio Teologico Torinese
Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia Settentrionale
Torino – ITALIA

Paul Pearson
Director and Archivist, Thomas Merton Center
Bellarmine University
Louisville, KY – USA

Małgorzata Poks
Departement of American and Canadian Studies
Institute of English Culture and Literatures
Universiy of Silesia
Sosnowiec – POLAND

Fr. William Skudlarek
Secretary General
Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (DIMMID)
Saint John’s Abbey
Collegeville, MN – USA

Executive Committee

Maurizio Renzini
President of the Associazione Thomas Merton Italia

Don Mario Zaninelli
Scientific Coordinator of ATMI

Prof. Paolo Trianni
Pontifical University Urbaniana
Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo

Bernard Sawicki OSB
Monastic Institute, Sant’Anselmo

F. Cesare Bovinelli OSB CAM

Roberto Cetera

Administrative Coordinator

Claudia Burger