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“Unbinding Thomas Merton and Ourselves” – via Zoom

July 16, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


A Half-Day Retreat led by the Leslye Colvin
Via Zoom

During his apostolic visit to the United States in 2015, Pope Francis described Thomas Merton as “a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church.” This is beyond the man we know as a monk and writer, or is it?

Through her research of Merton, Leslye Colvin began to understand this description as she began to see him as model of the dynamic relationship between contemplation and activism that unbinds us to live the Gospel of Christ Jesus today – in our time and place.

Ponder with Leslye the connection between Merton’s activism and contemplation, and its lessons for contemplatives today.

About Leslye Colvin

Leslye Colvin is a contemplative activist, spiritual companion and writer. Inspired by the Catholic social justice tradition, she is passionate about encouraging diversity of thought and has a wide range of experience in promoting mission and expanding outreach. She has been published by National Catholic Reporter, and interviewed by America Magazine, Radio Veritas, U.S. Catholic, and Vatican Radio on the construct of race.

Leslye is the policy advocate for the National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. She is co-chair of the Board of Directors for NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, also serves on the Board of FutureChurch. She is a graduate of the Living School for Action and Contemplation, and the Haden Institute. Her blog, Leslye’s Labyrinth features writings from her African-American Catholic heart at bit.ly/leslyeslabyrinth.

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July 16, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington (COMW)
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