The ITMS came into being in 1987 to promote a greater knowledge of the life and writings of Thomas Merton, one of the most influential religious figures of our time. The Society sponsors biennial conferences devoted to Merton and his work and supports the writing of general-interest and scholarly books and articles about Merton. In addition the ITMS awards regular grants to researchers and scholarships to youth. It encourages a variety of activities such as Merton retreats. Local Chapters and Affiliates of the ITMS across the world reflect a wide range of personal interest and approaches to Thomas Merton.
I’m Bob Grip, former President of the International Thomas Merton Society and the Program Chair of our 2013 General Meeting at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. I’ve presented papers at ITMS General Meetings, served as the Program Chair of the ITMS General Meeting at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, been the Treasurer, Vice President and served on the ITMS Board.