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).
Other events include (times subject to change without notice):
Winter Carnival (noon-5 p.m.)
Basketball Tailgate Party in Reilly Center Quad (4-6:30 p.m.)
Birthday Party at Hickey Dining Hall (9 p.m.-midnight), featuring performances by:
The carnival is free and open to all St. Bonaventure students, faculty and staff. The public is invited to the tailgate party, but not until 5 p.m.
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. We are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.
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