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7:30 PM Thursday, June 19th
9:30 AM Friday, June 20th
Title: "Revisiting Merton's Heart: A New look at the Franciscan Influence on his Life, Thought, and Writing."
Description: While many are generally familiar with Thomas Merton's early interest in and eventual withdrawal from Franciscan life as an aspiring friar and his time teaching English at St. Bonaventure before entering the Trappist Order, few are aware of the lifelong influence the Franciscan intellectual and spiritual tradition had on his personal life, his theological thinking, and spiritual writing. This keynote address provides an introduction to some of the ways in which the Franciscan tradition influenced many of Merton's classic themes, including his notion of the "True Self," his view of Christ and in the Incarnation, and his theology of creation. What began with his own introduction to the Franciscan tradition in New York City was fostered under the mentorship of several Franciscan friars at St. Bonaventure and continued to shape his life, thought, and writing for the rest of his life.
9:00 AM, Sunday, June 22nd
Title: "The Great Friendship/Le Grand Amitie: Thomas Merton and Robert Lax"
Description: "Merton and Lax were not only great friends they had a great capacity for friendship. That capacity was as much spiritual as emotional and in the early days Olean and St. Bonaventure's had both a critical and creative role to play.
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