Thomas Merton and Celtic Spirituality: A Public Talk & a Retreat with Dr. Monica Weis SJJ

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Date(s) - March 23, 2018 - March 24, 2018
7:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace

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A public talk and a retreat with Dr. Monica Weis SSJ
Location: Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace, 1825 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Speaker and facilitator Monica Weis is a Sister of St. Joseph of Rochester and emerita professor of English at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. A long-time member of the International Thomas Merton Society and former Vice President of ITMS. Dr. Weis is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. Her recent books include Thomas Merton’s Gethsemani: Landscapes of ParadiseThe Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton , and Thomas Merton and the Celts.
Seeing with Rinsed Eyes: Thomas Merton and the Early Celts
Fri. March 23, 2018 @ 7 pm
Cost: Admission is by donation at the door
Monica Weis presents an overview of early Celtic spirituality (both monastic and domestic) as well as Merton’s fascination with their imaginative world view and desire for peregrinatio (pilgrimage).
Exploring the World of Thomas Merton: Inner and Outer Landscapes
Sat. March 24, 2018, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $50, registration required as lunch / hospitality included. Please register by contacting Susan Cowan, Community Relations Director, at or 604-988-8835
The retreat is a day of exploration and reflection on how geography shapes our attitudes / prayer; how Merton’s prayer was transformed by nature; how his fascination with Celtic spirituality and his own mystical poetry have relevance for our spiritual journey today.
Co-sponsored by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada and Canadian Memorial United Church & Centre for Peace.

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