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May 11, 2018 · 12:06 pm

Forthcoming Merton Fellowship Day Retreat in Co. Donegal

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Views from The Seven Storey Mountain: A Merton Fellowship Day Retreat

Malin Presbyterian Church, Co. Donegal

Saturday 13th June: 10.30am to 4.00pm

Join us for a special day retreat reflecting on Thomas Merton’s famous autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain.

There will be short lectures, meditations, discussions, prayer and time for walking on the nearby beach.

Led by: Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie.

No previous knowledge of Merton is required. As always, our events are open to all and are interdenominational in nature.

Donation: 20EUR includes tea/coffee/biscuits throughout the day and a sandwich lunch.

To book your place, contact Scott on

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Exploring Meaning: Perspectives From Thomas Merton & Viktor Frankl

An exciting event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Merton’s birth!

Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie

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To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Thomas Merton’s Birth, The Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland and Thomas Merton Fellowship Invite you to a One-Day Workshop:


Dr Stephen J. Costello, Director, Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland
Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie, Thomas Merton Fellowship

Thomas Merton was much influenced by Viktor Frankl’s writings on meaning and often cited the latter’s Man’s Search for Meaning. This day will explore our spiritual search for meaning within a logotherapeutic perspective, relating it practically to our personal quest for purpose and values, through lectures, meditations, and reflective and experiential exercises.

Saturday January 31st: 11am-5pm, Bethlehem Abbey, Ballymena Rd., Portglenone, Co. Antrim (Cost: €55 or £50)

Note: this workshop will have different content to the ‘Meaning with Merton Workshop’ previously held in Dublin.

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Viktor Frankl Institute

About Thomas Merton (1915-1968): Trappist monk, poet, social activist and author…

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‘Merton On Meditation’ Day Retreat

A reminder that the Merton Fellowship will be meeting at All Souls Church, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast on Saturday 29th November from 11am-4pm.

The retreat, entitled ‘Merton on Meditation’ will consist of periods of meditation, reflection and discussion.

Our events are ecumenical and are open to all.

There is no need to have any prior knowledge of Merton.

Contact Scott ( to book your place. There will be a small charge (£10) to cover costs. Please bring along a packed lunch; alternatively there are a number of cafes nearby.

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Reflecting On The Cistercian Life In Ireland

The Cistercian sisters of St Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn, Co. Waterford, in Ireland, gave a film crew unique access to their life over a twelve month period. Although in some ways it is an austere life rooted in community, work, silence and prayer, based on the Rule of St Benedict, there is much joy in community life and periods of time spent in silent contemplation. In many respects monastic life has changed little in over a thousand years, although the sisters embrace modern technology to get their message out to the wider world and to run their farm. You can watch the film here:

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Next Fellowship Meeting!

The next fellowship meeting will take place on Sat 1st March from 10am to 4pm at Drumalis Retreat Centre in Larne, Co. Antrim ( The event will cost £25 per person and will include teas/coffees/scones and a substantial lunch.
During the retreat we will have time for meditation, private prayer, Lectio Divina and discussion. The discussion will centre around Merton’s stance on non-violence.  As a primer for discussion, I would suggest that you have a look at John Dear’s article (which I can send you) entitled ‘Thomas Merton & The Wisdom Of Non-Violence.’

Please do e-mail me (at if you require any further information, or wish to book a place on the retreat.

Best wishes,



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The First Merton Fellowship Retreat of 2013!

Dear Friends,

The next Merton Fellowship day retreat will be held on Saturday 9th March 2013 at University Road Moravian Church, Belfast (

The topic of the retreat is ‘Practicing Lectio Divina & Contemplative Prayer’; it will begin at 10am and finish at 4pm, with refreshments provided (please bring a packed lunch).

As with all of our activities, it is open to all, regardless of denominational/faith group affiliation or knowledge of Merton and his work. An interest in peace and contemplative prayer/meditation is all that is required.

To book your place, please contact me at

Peace & Blessings,

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Merton On Contemplative Prayer

‘ We should not look for a ‘method’ or ‘system’, but cultivate an ‘attitude’, an ‘outlook’: faith, openness, attention, reverence, expectation, supplication, trust, joy. All these finally permeate our being with love in so far as our living faith tells us we are in the presence of God, that we live in Christ, that in the Spirit of God we ‘see’ God our Father without ‘seeing’. We know him in ‘unknowing”.

Thomas Merton in Contemplative Prayer.

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January 21, 2013 · 10:52 pm

This is from my main blog, but given that the book I have reviewed contains poetry from Merton, I thought that I’d reproduce it here. Thanks! Scott

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I have accumulated thousands of books over the years, but I would hazard a guess that perhaps only a handful of those would fit into the category of ‘must haves’  or ‘books that are so enriching/life-affirming/insightful that I could not do without them! Roger Housden’s For Lovers of God Everywhere: Poems of the Christian Mystics’ is one such of those books though.  In it he offers 98 of the most compelling poems from both historic and contemporary Christian writers, commonly referred to as mystics on account of their relationship with God and how they articulate this to the wider community.

The variety of authors and the breadth and depth of their poetry is a wonderful reflection of the range of experience and style of recounting that experience that is extant. And so, through Housden, we have access to the wisdom of the Desert Fathers, the fire of St. Augustine, and on through…

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Merton on Holiness

I’ve uploaded to youtube a short piece in which Merton discusses the concept of holiness and how it manifests itself in certain individuals.  You can listen to it here:

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