St. Bonaventure University will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth with a winter carnival on Saturday, Jan. 31.
The birthday bash and carnival will take place all over campus, starting at noon and ending with a midnight Mass in Café La Verna to celebrate the revered Catholic spiritual writer, who taught English at St. Bonaventure in the early 1940s before becoming a Trappist monk.
Activities focusing on Merton’s life include a Merton exhibit, day-in-the-life-of-Merton tours (2 and 4 p.m.), a meditative walk, a Merton and SBU trivia contest, viewing of the Merton birthday card collage and making mandalas (spiritual symbols representing the universe).
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