CRESSON - Mount Aloysius College's Ecumenical Studies Center will present six days of exploration into the life and work of Trappist monk, Thomas Merton.
Presenter for the event will be Bonnie Bowman Thurston, Ph.D. The events include two offerings - a three-day retreat from July 13-15 and a three-day seminar from July 16-18.
Sister Helen Marie Burns, R.S.M., vice president for mission integration at the college, said, "Guided by Dr. Bonnie Thurston, participants will enjoy an in-depth exploration of this remarkable modern mystic. The first event - the retreat - will be an excellent opportunity to study his writings on solitude and silence in a contemplative environment with others."
The retreat begins with registration from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 13. Talks include: "Merton Invites us into Days of Contemplation"; Merton on Solitude," Merton on Silence"; and "Creative Consent - Say Yes."
Amenities include air-conditioned suites with living room, kitchenette, bath and two bedrooms.
The three-day Merton seminar will begin at 3 p.m. July 16 with an introductory session, "Merton - Life and Letters." The film, "Life of Merton," will be shown at 7 p.m.
Sessions on July 17 include "Merton: Autobiography" at 9 a.m., "Merton: Essays & Epistles" at 3 p.m and a question and answer session at 7 p.m. The seminar ends with "The Contemplative Vision of Merton's Poetry."
Both events include breakfast from 8 to 8:45 a.m., lunch at noon and dinner at 5:30 p.m. The fee for attending both events is $350. The retreat and seminar fees are $200 if attended separately.
Thurston wrote her doctoral dissertation on Merton. She was a founding member of the International Thomas Merton Society and served as its third president. She has written more than 30 articles on Merton, given retreats and lectured on Merton in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Thurston has taught at seminaries and universities.