Community remembers Thomas Merton

Community remembers Thomas Merton
The Center for Interfaith Relations kicked off a launch event for the 2016 Festival of Faiths on Saturday. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The Center for Interfaith Relations kicked off a launch event for the 2016 Festival of Faiths on Saturday. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The community came together Saturday night to honor one of America's most widely read spiritual writers.

A new exhibit spotlighting Thomas Merton's life was unveiled at the Frazier Museum.

Speakers read their favorite Merton passages, and guests got to look at clothing and items of Merton's that, until recently, have been hidden away since his death in 1968.

Visitors learned more about Merton's 27 years as a Trappist Monk in the exhibit, which is in partnership with Bellarmine University.

"Merton was, above all, a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged certitude of his time and opened new horizons for souls and the church," Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said. "He was also a man of dialogue. A promoter of peace."

The date of the opening of the exhibit is significant because Sunday would have been Merton's 101st birthday.

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Meanwhile, another group also honored Merton's work Saturday.

The Center for Interfaith Relations kicked off a launch event for the 2016 Festival of Faiths.

Music, poetry and talks about hard hitting issues in our community took place at the Brown Theatre in downtown Louisville.

The Festival of Faiths runs May 17-21.

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