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Thomas Merton and the Spiritual Imagination

  • Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center 229 East Litchfield Road Litchfield, CT, 06759 United States (map)

Michael W. Higgins, PhD
A Merton program and Merton Exhibit...

Remembering poet, activist, and Trappist monk Thomas Merton in the 50th Anniversary year of his death, this program will explore his contributions to the spiritual imagination. We will explore his legacy to the literary, moral, and mystical imaginations through his life and writings.

Participants will receive a copy of Michael Higgins’ book The Unquiet Monk.

Saturday will conclude with the opening of an exhibit of the photography of Thomas Merton in the Marie Louise Trichet Gallery taken from the Thomas Merton Archives in Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky.

The title of the exhibit is “A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton.” A lecture about the exhibit will be given by the archivist of the Merton Collection, Dr. Paul M. Pearson. A reception will follow. 

The program is co-sponsored annually by Fairfield University’s Catholic Studies Department.

$115 Commuter

$185 Private Room with Private Bath - limited, please provide 2nd choice
$180 Shared Room with Private Bath
$170 Private Room with Hall Bath
$150 Shared Room with Hall Bath

Michael W. Higgins, PhD

Michael W. Higgins, PhD is a native of Toronto, Author, scholar, CBC documentarian, columnist former Vice-President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Currently "Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought" at Sacred Heart University. Regular contributor to Commonweal (New York), The Literary Review of Canada, and the The Tablet (London). His works include: Heretic Blood: The Spirituality of Thomas Merton, Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri J. M. Nouwen, and The Unquiet Monk: Thomas Merton's Questing Faith, among others.

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