On Monday, November 14th, the library will be hosting a book launch from 4-5 pm. There will be refreshments!
We are celebrating the release of Thomas Merton and the Celts: A New World Opening Up by Nazareth Professor Emerita of English Monica Weis.
Here is the publisher's description:
"Thomas Merton and the Celts offers a new lens through which to view Merton’s life and spirituality. By examining unpublished letters, notebooks, and taped conferences for the Trappist novices–previously unavailable to the general reader–the author breaks new ground in Merton studies, revealing Merton’s growing fascination with his Welsh ancestry, Celtic monasticism, and early Irish hermit poetry. Merton, having immersed himself in reading about Celtic Christianity–not just about liturgy, but about household rituals, illuminated manuscripts, high crosses, and hermit poetry as well–recognized in these ancient hermits who lived on “water and herbs,” experienced kinship with creatures, and wrote poems about the birds a mirror of his own desires. Indeed, in a profound way and at a deep level, Merton discovered himself in Celtic Christianity." (Pickwick Publications)
The Thomas Merton room in Lorette Wilmot library is a favorite of students, faculty and staff. You can find more information about it on our Services page.