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Chicago Chapter - International Thomas Merton Society

Chicago Chapter – International Thomas Merton Society Presents:

Sunday, February 16, 2014

"In the Beginning Was the Word: The Spectrum of Spirituality"

2 p.m. I.C. Rectory Assembly 7211 W. Talcott, Chicago 

Greg Pierce, president of ACTA Publications in Chicago, will offer a reflection based on his three books and his work as a publisher, spouse, father, and community organizer. His books include “The Mass Is Never Ended: Rediscovering Our Mission to Transform the World;” “Spirituality at Work: 10 Ways to Balance Your Life on the Job;” “Activism That Makes Sense: Congregations and Community Organization,” and ‘The World as It Should Be: Living Authentically in the Here-and-Now Kingdom of God” (with John Shea). Mr. Pierce is the president and co-publisher of ACTA Publications in Chicago. He is a past president of the National Center for the Laity and the Chairperson of the Advisory Board of He is married to Kathleen Pierce, a Catholic school teacher, and the couple has three adult children. The family attends St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Chicago, where Mr. Pierce has taught the high school religious education class in recent years. He is originally from Rochester, New York, and graduated from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He worked for several years for the Industrial Areas Foundation and the Business Committee for the Arts.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

“Lenten Reflections with a Merton Perspective”

2 p.m. I.C. Rectory Assembly 7211 W. Talcott, Chicago

Fr. Dan Coughlin, a priest of the Chicago Archdiocese, has been a long-time member of the ITMS and offered the invocation at the 12th General Conference held at Loyola University of Chicago in June, 2011. As a young priest, Fr. Coughlin visited the Abbey of Gethsemani and met with Thomas Merton. It was Thomas Merton who suggested that he live a contemplative life. He later attended the funeral of Thomas Merton, which he described as a "wonderful experience." After reading “The Asian Journal,” Fr. Dan journeyed to Thailand and India where he traced the last steps of Thomas Merton. He cites “Sign of Jonas” and “Seeds of Contemplation” as being two of Merton's works that greatly influenced his spiritual journey. Fr. Coughlin served as president of the Merton Institute of Contemplative Living until it closed last year. He previously spoke to our chapter on “How Serving as Chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives Changed My Prayer Life.” 

  Upcoming Meeting Dates (Speakers TBA):

v  Sunday, April 27, 2014 (moved from the third Sunday because of Easter)

v  Sunday, September 21, 2014

v  Sunday, October 19, 2014

v  Sunday, November 16, 2014

v  December Mass commemorating Merton’s death December 10, 1968

v  Saturday, January 31, 2015: MERTON’S CENTENARY OF BIRTH

v  Sunday, February 15, 2015

v  Sunday, March 15, 2015

v  Sunday, April 19, 2015

v  Thursday, June 4 – Sunday, June 7, 2015: Merton 1o0: Living the Legacy, Fourteenth General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky (see INFORMATION on REGISTRATION & ACCOMMODATIONS will be available in JULY 2014.

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