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Brescia to host presentation on Thomas Merton

Jonathan Montaldo is the former director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University and was associate director for the Merton Institute of Contemplative Living.
Jonathan Montaldo is the former director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University and was associate director for the Merton Institute of Contemplative Living.

OWENSBORO, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2016) – Brescia University will welcome Jonathan Montaldo to campus Oct. 12 for a presentation entitled “We Are Already One: Thomas Merton’s Legacy of Love, Mercy and Hope,” that will outline the spiritual and literary legacy of Kentucky monk and writer, Thomas Merton.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Taylor Lecture Hall and is free and open to the public. A Q&A will follow the dialogue.

Pope Francis, addressing the U.S. Congress in May 2015 named Merton one of four exemplary Americans along with Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement.

Jonathan Montaldo is the former director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University and was associate director for the Merton Institute of Contemplative Living. He has edited many volumes of Merton’s writing, including The Intimate Merton, Dialogues with Silence and Choosing to Love the World. He created the 10-booklet series for small group dialogue Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton. For 25 years he has presented retreats grounded in Merton’s legacy internationally.

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