Thomas Merton Retreat

Father James Conner, a monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Ky., led the “Prayer in Thomas Merton and the Coming Season of Advent” retreat Nov. 11-13 at the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center. Father Conner was a student of Merton’s and served as undermaster of novices under Merton from 1958-61.

Click here to read about Shantal Marie Rosales’ retreat experience. 


Several Ursuline Sisters attended the retreat, including Sister Nancy Murphy (right), Sister Rosalyn Thieneman (second from right) and Sister George Mary Hagan (second from left).


Father Conner entered the Cistercians in 1949, and now serves at Gethsemani as chaplain to the Abbey Retreat House.