Breakthrough to Wisdom and Peace: Thomas Merton's Awakening to the Feminine Divine

co-sponsored with Mepkin Abbey
Presenting Faculty
Event dates
Oct 27, 2017 to Oct 28, 2017

Friday night lecture- 6:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday program (at Mepkin Abbey)- 10:00am- 5:00pm

Tuition Cost

Friday Night Lecture- $25.00 in advance / $35.00 day of the event
Full Retreat (including Friday night)- $195.00 

Lodging at Mepkin Abbey is separate from this registration fee, and must be arranged and paid for to the Abbey directly. Call (843) 761-8059 to secure your space.  SPACE IS LIMITED.

Non-refundable 3% fee on all credit card registrations


CEU certificates available upon request


Friday Night Lecture
Lance Hall
150 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC 29401

Saturday Retreat- Call Abbey directly to secure lodging
Mepkin Abbey
1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd.
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
(843) 761-8059


Friday Night lecture at Lance Hall, 150 Meeting St. Charleston, SC
Saturday retreat at Mepkin Abbey, 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd.,  Moncks Corner, SC

Join with us as Dr. Christopher Pramuk explores the breakthrough of Wisdom-Sophia into the life and writings of Thomas Merton. In this presentation, Chris traces the broad outlines of Merton’s worldview and the genesis of his awakening to the feminine divine during a period of social unrest.  How did Merton’s encounter with divine Wisdom-Sophia both center and catalyze his extraordinary outreach to others and his radical commitment to peacemaking? Where do we see signs of her Presence, her call to peace, breaking through in our times?  

Dr. Pramuk invites us deeper into the process by which Wisdom-Sophia broke into Merton’s consciousness during the last decade of his life, and would find expression in his writings, consummately in the prose poem of 1961, “Hagia Sophia.” Through a close reading or shared “lectio divina” of select passages tracing a range of Merton’s biblical, mystical, experiential, and theological sources, we will contemplate with Merton the mystical and prophetic implications of reclaiming the feminine divine for our times. Periods of solitude and shared dialogue will be structured into the day, with an optional film viewing together in the evening.