|Mount Aloysius Ecumenical Studies Center Presents Thomas Merton Expert||06/17/2013|
Cresson, Pa.—Mount Aloysius College’s Ecumenical Studies Center presents a two-day seminar on one of America’s most well-known Christian, spiritual teachers--Trappist Monk, Thomas Merton. Presenter for the event will be Dr. Bonnie Bowman Thurston. The seminar will take place July 11th and 12th on the beautiful Mount Aloysius College campus.
Mount Aloysius College’s Vice President for Mission Integration, Sr. Helen Marie Burns, RSM noted that seminar participants will compare two filmed biographies of Thomas Merton and consider some of his basic ideas about Christian spirituality and the life of prayer. “Guided by Dr. Thurston, participants will enjoy an in-depth exploration of this remarkable modern mystic,” she said. “This seminar is also an excellent opportunity to study his writings in a completive environment with others who share a fascination, curiosity and appreciation of the many facets of Thomas Merton.”
Bonnie Bowman Thurston, Ph.D. wrote her doctoral dissertation on Thomas Merton and is particularly interested in his poetry and his inter-religious thought. She was a founding member of the International Thomas Merton Society and served as its third president. She has written more than 20 scholarly articles on Merton, given retreats and lectured on Merton widely in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Europe. She is the editor of Thomas Merton And Buddhism (Fons Vitae Press, 2007), Hidden in the Same Mystery: Thomas Merton & Loretto (Fons Vitae, 2010) and Thomas Merton on Eastern Meditation (New Directions, 2012).
Her most recent books include The Spiritual Landscape of Mark (Liturgical Press); For God Alone: A Primer on Prayer (2009); and Belonging to Borders, a collection of Celtic poems (2011).
Bonnie Thurston, a native of southern West Virginia, currently lives quietly near Wheeling, WV having resigned the William F. Orr Professorship in New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2002. She earned the Bachelor of Arts in English (First Honors) from Bethany College, and the Master of Arts and her doctoral degree from the University of Virginia. Dr. Thurston taught at Bethany College, Wheeling Jesuit University. She completed post-doctoral work in New Testament Studies at Harvard University, Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany and the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem. She was ordained in 1984 by the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.
The seminar begins with Registration on Thursday, July 11. The Opening Session entitled, “Thomas Merton, Modern Mystic, begins at 2:30 p.m.
Reflective time starts at 4:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. There will be film shown at 7:00 p.m.
Friday begins with breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and the morning session, entitled “Thomas Merton on the Spiritual Life” starts at 9:00 a.m. Lunch is served at noon and “Thomas Merton and the Spiritual Life” continues at 2:00 p.m. An evening prayer and dinner at 5:30 completes the seminar.
Anyone wishing to participate, or needing additional information about the Mount Aloysius Ecumenical Studies Seminar on Thomas Merton should contact Sr. Burns at (814)886-6510 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.