The Merton Fellowship for Peace and Contemplative Living in Ireland is an informal network of individuals interested in living a life of peace and contemplation based on the example and writings of Thomas Merton, the Cistercian monk and spiritual writer. The fellowship, which is inter-denominational and inter-faith in composition, will be officially launched on Saturday 10th December at the Corrymeela Community’s Ballycastle Centre.
The International Advisory Board consists of the following individuals:
Br. Patrick Hart OCSO (Monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky and Thomas Merton’s last secretary).
Dr. Paul M. Pearson (Director & Archivist, Thomas Merton Center, Bellarmine University).
Dr. Steve Georgiou (Author & lecturer, San Francisco).
Br. Columba O’Neill OCSO (Monk at Bethlehem Abbey, Portglenone, Co. Antrim).
Fr. John Dear SJ (Jesuit priest, peace activist, lecturer, and writer, USA).
Prof. Dame Ingrid Allen (Professor Emeritus of Neuropathology at Queen’s University, Belfast).
Paul Hutchinson (Director of Corrymeela’s Ballycastle Centre, Co. Antrim).
Fiona Gardner (Author and Committee Member of the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain & Ireland).
The founder and Chairman of the Committee is Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie SOSc, a Presbyterian Minister living and working in Northern Ireland. Other members of the committee include:
Ed Petersen, Rev. Paul Holdsworth, Tom Finnigan, Lobsang Wangchuck, Rodney Neill & Nigel Martin.
For more information on the fellowship, please contact Scott via e-mail at: email@example.com.