The Passing of Thomas Merton’s Mentor at Gethsemani

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 7:00 pm

The Passing of Thomas Merton’s Mentor at Gethsemani

Beautiful, beautiful article by Louis Ruprecht at Religion Dispatches on the death of Fr. Matthew Kelty, long-time fellow monk and mentor of Thomas Merton at Gethsemani Abbey.
Lou retells some of Merton’s story here, in a fresh and human way, but also some of the story of this lesser-known light of Gethsemani. I’ve heard from monastics across the years how great a teacher on the deepest meaning of celibacy this gay man was.

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