The Celtic Threads of Thomas Merton’s Life

We are delighted and honored that Esther de Waal will be one of our plenary speakers at the ITMS General Meeting at Loyola University in Chicago.

She is the author of a number of books which focus on the monastic tradition – Benedictine, Celtic Spirituality and Cistercian. She studied and taught at Cambridge University with a particular interest in landscape and architecture. She travels widely to lead retreats and give lectures. She lives in a small cottage on the Welsh / English border, where she enjoys her garden, and offers hospitality to her many visitors.

She will speak to us on The Celtic Threads of Thomas Merton’s Life.

In her words: “Coming from a family with Welsh roots (his grandmother was born in Cardiff) Merton was in his later years greatly attracted to the Celtic world, past and present. He corresponded with Nora Chadwick, the leading Celtic historian of his day, but he also read contemporary Welsh poet David Jones, and found both past and present fascinating and significant.”



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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