Thirteenth General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society to Take Place at SHU

News Story: November 21, 2012

 The Thirteenth General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society
June 13-16, 2013
at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut

In a letter to Abdul Aziz Thomas Merton spoke of "the hour of dawn when the world is silent and the new light is most pure," as "symbolizing the dawning of divine light in the stillness of our hearts." At that virgin point of the new day, Merton writes in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, the dawn deacon cries “wisdom” but “we do not attend.” Merton’s call to wisdom in all areas of our lives – personal, political, social and environmental - echoes through the years. The wisdom Merton discovered in the bible, the fathers of the church, the great mystics, and his own contemplative practice; in philosophers and thinkers; and in the world of literature challenges us continually to a radical change of heart and life.

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Conference Highlights

Conference Timetable

Student Scholarships

To register online, click here. If you prefer to register by mail, click here.

Registration Fees:
(including conference registration and meals)

ITMS Member - $240.00

Non-Member - $290.00 (Join the ITMS)


On Campus Housing

$165.00 (Single room for three nights - per person)

$120.00 (Share room for three nights - per person)

Off Campus Options

Cancellation Policy

ITMS Daggy Scholarships
Daggy Youth/Student Scholarshipsenable young people (ages 14-29) to participate in an International Thomas Merton Society Conference by covering the costs of registration, meals and accommodation. For further information about Daggy Scholarships and an application form go to the Daggy Scholarship Web Page.