Winter Living Theology

Searching for meaning: The wisdom of Thomas Merton for our times

This year’s Winter Living Theology lecture series focuses on the wisdom of the Trappist Monk and spiritual writer Thomas Merton as a resource for responding to the ‘signs of the times.’ Beginning with the foundations of Merton’s life and work, this series explores the contemporary relevance of contemplation in a world of action, Merton’s insights on Christian nonviolence and peacemaking, his spirituality of racial justice, and his universal call to ecumenical and interreligious relationships.

WLT Presenter

Daniel P. Horan, OFM, PhD is a Franciscan friar and Professor of Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology, as well as the Director of the Center for Spirituality at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. He previously held the Dun Scotus Chair of Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. A columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, he is the author of fourteen books, including Catholicity and Emerging Personhood: A Contemporary Theological Anthropology, which received the 2020 First Place Award for Theology Book from the Association of Catholic Publishers, and his two latest are titled A White Catholic’s Guide to Racism and Privilege and The Way of the Franciscans: A Prayer Journey Through Lent. He is currently working on a book titled, Striving Toward Authenticity: Engaging Thomas Merton on Race, Justice, and Spirituality for Orbis Books. Fr. Daniel regularly lectures around the United States and abroad; serves on a number of universities, academic, and publication editorial boards, including the St. Bonaventure University Board of Trustees and the Franciscan School of Theology Board of Regents. He is co-host of The Francis Effect Podcast.