Merton and “The New York Years”

Jan Sheridan, the author/coauthor of 7 books, works as a hospital chaplain and as Director of St. Joseph Center for Spirituality near Buffalo, New York.  She was also a recipient of a 2008 Shannon Fellowship from the International Thomas Merton Society.

She will present a session of guided prayer Saturday during our General Meeting at Chicago’s Loyola University in June 2011, called “Seeing Through the Eyes of Thomas Merton: the New York Years”.

Jan describes her session this way: “Using PowerPoint, I will meditatively read excerpts from The Seven Storey Mountain while showing photos I have taken of the pertinent scenes Merton describes in his autobiography. There will be quiet times for reflection questions and small group faith-sharing”.

Jan’s presentation looks at locations from Douglaston to Columbia to other sites around the state.

St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York was the site of our fourth General Meeting.  It offered us a chance to see the setting where Merton once taught, visit the library which houses some of his work, and work of Merton’s friend, Bob Lax and even take a “field trip” into the hills around Olean to see the cottage where Merton, Lax and Ed Rice spent a summer.

It will be good to revisit the site, through Jan’s eyes.


About doyoureadthomasmerton

Bob Grip was the Program Chair of the International Thomas Merton Society General Meeting at Sacred Heart University in 2013.
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