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Cambridge course for women explores Merton’s theology

The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge is running a short course for Catholic women interested in exploring Thomas Merton’s theology for their life, workandprayer.

Entitled Thomas Merton: Model of Discernment, Pastoral Presence & Social Justice, the course will run on Thursdays from April 26 to May 17.

Thea Reimer from the Institute, said: "Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. He was famously both a mystic and a social activist, and widely held to be one of the greatest spiritual writers of the 20th century. His writingsinclude such classics asThe Seven Storey Mountain,New Seeds of Contemplation, andZen and the Birds of Appetite. In his life-time, Merton authored more than seventy books that include poetry, prayers, social criticism, and writings on peace, justice, and ecumenism as well as on inter-religious dialogue."

The Margaret Beaufort Institute ofTheology is a Roman Catholic academic institution, based in the heart of Cambridge whose primary mission is to educate and theologically empower women in the Church, while remaining committed to serving society at large and providing the opportunity to study what promotes the common good locally, nationally, and globally.

For more information, and to apply (closing date of April 19), contact: Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, 12-14 Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9DU, 01223 741039 or

Pictured above is Thomas Merton.