Friday, September 28th

8:00 a.m.        Attendee Check-in Opens

9:00 a.m.        Mass at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (optional) – Celebrant: Archbishop Paul Etienne, D.D., S.T.L.;

Co-celebrants: Fr. Patrick Brosamer and Fr. Armand Dice

9:30 a.m.        Attendee Check-in

9:30 a.m.        St. John’s Orthodox Cathedral – Eagle River Excursion (lunch provided by St. John’s community).
Estimated return to Saint Elizabeth’s is 2:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m.        Registration and Social

6:30 p.m.        Archbishop Paul Etienne – Welcome

7:00 p.m.        Dr. Paul Pearson – “Thomas Merton: Poet, Monk, Prophet”

Saturday, September 29th

8:00 a.m.        Attendee Check-in Opens

9:00 a.m.        Pastor Andy Bartel (St. John’s United Methodist) – Welcome

9:15 a.m.        Ron Dart – “Thomas Merton, Orthodoxy, and Russia: The Alaska Pilgrimage”

10:15 a.m.      Break

10:30 a.m.      Remarks and Introduction

10:45 a.m.      Gordon Oyer – “Clarity from the Monastic Margins: Thomas Merton’s Social Insight”

12:00 p.m.      Lunch (provided by The Knights of Columbus) with music from The Somoan Choir

1:30 p.m.        Remarks and Introduction

1:45 p.m.        Kathleen Witkowska Tarr – “From the Inner Frontier to the Last Frontier: Thomas Merton’s 1968 Alaska Journey”

2:45 p.m.        Break

3:00 p.m.        Wayne Pichon – Remarks and Introduction

3:15 p.m.        Br. Paul Quenon – “The Contemplative Life at the Abbey of Gethsemani and My Remembrances of
Thomas Merton”

4:30 p.m.        Social with Conference Speakers

5:30 p.m.        Mass at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (optional)