Journeys of Thomas Merton Online Video

The videos below are interviews with Father Matthew Torpey, OCSO, of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA. Father Matthew lived with Thomas Merton at the Abbey at Gethsemani, and he shares memories and reflections on the monastic life, the abbey, and Merton the man. These videos can also be viewed in the gallery, on an interactive console located at the rear of the gallery.

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Father Matthew Torpey, OCSO, of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers, GA, discusses the reasons men entered the monastic life following World War II. He sets this movement in the context of the influence of Thomas Merton’s works at the time, and discusses how this compares to men entering the monastic life today.

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Father Matthew Torpey, OCSO, of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers, GA, discusses his own call to the monastic life.

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Father Matthew Torpey, OCSO, of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers, GA, reflects on the humor of Thomas Merton, with whom he lived and worked. He remembers specific episodes of their working outdoors together and how they and the other Trappist monks communicated used their idiosyncratic system of sign language, maintaining their vow of silence.

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Father Matthew Torpey, OCSO, of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers, GA, reflects on the personal qualities of Thomas Merton.

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Father Matthew Torpey, OCSO, of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers, GA, describes the “vault” in the basement of the Gethsemani Abbey. It was here that Thomas Merton did spiritual direction and perhaps did much of his writing.

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Father Matthew Torpey, OCSO, of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers, GA, describes what life was like at Gethsemani Abbey, where he lived with Thomas Merton. He gives specific information about the way in which the monks lived and worked together but also lived a life of quiet and solitude.

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