The Chicago Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, featuring Dr. Michael J. Baxter, who will discuss “Merton & the Catholic Peace Fellowship, Then and Now.” Meetings are held in the Rectory lower hall of Immaculate Conception Parish, 7211 W. Talcott, Chicago. Admission is $5 and includes refreshments. Plenty of free parking.

Dr. Baxter serves as a Visiting Associate Professor, Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, DePaul University. He received his PhD in Theology and Ethics from Duke University (1996), his MDiv from the University of Notre Dame (1983), and his BA from Allegheny College (1977). He was awarded the Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship (1993-94) and was a fellow at the Center for the Study of American Religion at Princeton University (1995-96). His articles have appeared in the De Paul Law Review, Pro Ecclesia, Communio, The Thomist, and Modern Theology. He is currently working on a collection of essays entitled American Catholics to the Rescue.

Dr. Baxter was highly recommended to us by Jim Forest when he spoke at the Cenacle last May, and we are honored to have him as a speaker. Jim was one of the founders of the Catholic Peace Fellowship, and both Jim and Mike have been active with the Catholic Worker movement.