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.

I keep busy as a news anchor for WALA-TV in Mobile, where I have been on the air for the past 27 years. I’m also an adjunct instructor at Spring Hill College, where I teach Multi-Platform Journalism.

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  1. dana@guestpostu.com says:

    Hi Bob,

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. I am only recently acquainted to the life and works of Thomas Merton and I am just amazed and humbled by his actions and achievements.

    I would like to see if I could submit a guest post or 2 for your blog/readers and I was thinking about the following topics:

    1. Why Thomas Merton remains an integral part of our history
    2. Merton’s most notable works that young adults should know more about

    What do you think about these?

    For your information, all of our articles are custom written by our writers for your blog, and are absolutely FREE.

    If you are interested, I am happy to get something written up and sent over to you – or if you have another topic you’d like to see covered, please do let me know.

    Thanks and I look forward to your positive response.


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