‘Merton in the Mountains’ Retreat Scheduled for September

HNP Communications Franciscan World

PARADOX, N.Y. — All are invited to the 18th annual “Merton in the Mountains” contemplative retreat at Pyramid Life Center from Sept. 6 to 8. This year’s theme is “Canticle of the Creatures and Holy Mother Wisdom.”

The event is for peacemakers, justice builders and spiritual seekers “not to escape others but to learn how to love and serve them best,” according to retreat director is Walt Chura, OFS, of the Thomas Merton Society of the Capital Region.

The weekend will include several talks on the contemplative spirituality of Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk who died in 1968, as well as on “his Franciscan view of creation, his appropriation of the Eastern Christian Wisdom tradition and intervals of common prayer,” said Chura, a graduate of Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., who has been a member of the Secular Franciscan Order for nearly 50 years. The former director of adult faith formation at St. Francis Chapel in Albany has taught at Siena and at the College of St. Rose in nearby Albany.

Merton discerned his call to religious life in the 1940s while teaching English at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y. An advocate for peace and nonviolence, he wrote more than 70 books, mainly on spirituality and social justice, as well as many essays and reviews.

Information about the event can be obtained from Chura by calling 518-456-3201. The cost is $130 per person. Those looking to register or to book accommodations, should call 518-585-7545, e-mail monicaplc@aol.com or visitwww.pyramidlife.org.

The Pyramid Life Center includes 750 acres in the Adirondack wilderness, according to its website.