Monday, December 10 marks the 50th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s tragic accidental death — he was electrocuted by an electric fan near Bangkok, where he was attending an interreligious monastic conference. The anniversary is being marked by events around the world, from Russia to Argentina, from Cleveland to Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, where Merton lived and was buried. The Catholic Theological Union in Chicago is hosting a two-day event to celebrate his legacy this weekend. Keynote speaker, Ron Rolheiser, OMI will address a “sold-out” audience for Friday evening’s session.
National Catholic Reporter’s, Heidi Schlumpf, posted “50 years after Merton’s death, maybe ‘we’re finally getting him.'” In her comments, she noted: “Despite lukewarm enthusiasm by some church leaders, Merton’s writings on interfaith relations, racism, social justice, and contemplation continue to inspire Catholics 50 years after his death.”
Please select this link to review Ms. Schlumpf’s article, courtesy of the National Catholic Reporter.