During the Pre-Congress day on Thursday, October 24, 2019 participants will have the opportunity to travel to the Abbey of Gethsemani for prayer, personal time, and learning.
The reflection day includes shuttle service to the Abbey of Gethsemani and the campus of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, lunch, and presentations on Thomas Merton by Merton scholar Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM, PhD.
Dan Horan is a Franciscan Friar, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and the author of numerous articles and twelve books, including The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Influence on his Life, Thought, and Writing(2014) and, most recently, Reading, Praying, Living Pope Francis’s Rejoice and Be Glad(2019). A leading international Merton scholar, he was previously elected to the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS) Board of Directors for three terms and is currently on the editorial board of the academic journal The Merton Annual. He is currently editing for publication the correspondence of Thomas Merton and Naomi Burton Stone, his longtime literary agent, editor, and close friend.
Participants will depart the Congress hotel at 8:30am and return no later than 5:00pm.
We anticipate this being a popular offering and space is limited so we encourage those interested to sign-up early. More information forthcoming.