Thomas Merton

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Birthday
31, 1915
Birthplace
Prades, France
Death Date
Dec 10, 1968 (53)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
31, 1915
Birthplace
Prades, France
Death Date
Dec 10, 1968 (53)

About

Poet, mystic, and social activist who was a Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky. He studied comparative religion.

Before Fame

He loved to write, travel, and paint growing up. He underwent his ordination to the priesthood in 1949, after which he was acknowledged as Father Louis.

Trivia

He claimed it was crucial to humanity to accept and understand other people's religions.

Family Life

His parents were named Ruth Jenkins and Owen Merton.

Associated With

He and Elizabeth Ann Seton were both internationally renowned Catholics, with Seton being the initial founder of Catholic schools.