Pitts Theology Library’s spring exhibit showcases the life and travels of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and one of the 20th century’s most influential Catholic writers. “Journeys of Thomas Merton” runs from March 9 to May 15, curated by Denise Hanusek, catalog librarian at Pitts. A special Evening with Friends event on April 9 featuring Phillip M. Thompson, executive director of Emory University’s Aquinas Center of Theology, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Merton’s birth, which fell on January 31.

A prolific writer, Merton produced a vast body of published and unpublished material, including his most well-known work The Seven Storey Mountain, during his years at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. Since his death in 1968, the trust established to make his writings available has issued many of his works that had been previously unpublished.

“Pitts Theology Library holds first editions of almost all the items in the Merton corpus, and much of this material will be showcased in the exhibit. It tells the story of Merton’s life and demonstrates the breadth and depth of his many interests as found in his writings, photographs and drawings,” says Pitts Reference Librarian Rebekah Bedard.

The exhibit also includes original photographs of Merton that will be shown publicly for the first time, provided by nuns at Carmel of the Holy Family, a Cleveland, Ohio monastery which Merton visited.

“Journeys of Thomas Merton” is open to the public during regular library hours. Guided tours will be offered every other Friday beginning March 27. Register for a guided tour.  Register for the April 9 Evening with Friends event.