Shalom Prayer Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters, presents the annual Thomas Merton Retreat, this year with award-winning filmmaker and author Morgan Atkinson, Dec. 11-12.
The retreat will feature the acclaimed documentary, Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton as a lens through which to examine the path and legacy of the 20th-century spiritual master. Retreat participants will consider the great gifts of the Trappist monk together with the very human aspects of the man. Participants can expect to gain knowledge of Merton’s life and the critical turning points in it.
Atkinson, a filmmaker and author based in Louisville, Ky. Atkinson has studied and chronicled the life and work of Thomas Merton for more than 30 years, culminating in the documentary which was broadcast nationally on PBS stations in December 2008. Atkinson’s book with the same title was published in December 2008 by the Liturgical Press.
The retreat begins Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. and concludes Dec. 12 at 3:30 pm. The registration fee is $114, which includes overnight lodging on Friday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Saturday. The registration deadline is Dec. 9.
There will also be a presentation by Atkinson on Sunday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Queen of Angels Monastery. Admission is $5 at the door. Pre-registration for the Sunday event is not necessary.
For information on this or other programs contact Shalom at 503-845-6773, email@example.com, or visit www.benedictine-srs.org/shalom. Shalom is rooted in the Benedictine hospitality and monastic spirituality, and provides an opportunity for men and women of all faith traditions to seek wholeness and deepen their relationship with God.