Well, for those who didn’t yet know, it’s official now: along with the five others who constitute the new International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS) Board of Directors, I was elected to serve on the Board. Yesterday (Sunday 12 June 2011) marked the transition of the ITMS officers and board members to the newly elected and incoming leadership. Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, is the new ITMS President. It is an honor and a great responsibility to be asked to assume a leadership role in such an organization and I am delighted to be able to serve in this capacity for the next two years along with some amazing scholars and leaders in the Merton world.

Here is the full list of the new ITMS leadership as reported by most recent past-president Bob Grip on his conference blog. It includes the new officers, board members and the program committee for the 2013 ITMS Conference to take place at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.

Changing of the Guard

I’m happy to welcome the new officers and members of the Board of Directors of the International Thomas Merton Society.

They are:

President: Sr. Kathleen Deignan
Vice President: David Belcastro
Treasurer: Paul Pearson
Secretary: Andrea Neuhoff

Board members are:

Br. Dan Horan
Meghan Robinson
Br. Paul Quenon
Judith Hardcastle
Sr. Monica Weis
Chris Pramuk

Program Committee members for the 2013 General Meeting at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut are:

Robert Grip, Chair
Michael Higgins, Site Coordinator
Kathleen Deignan, President
Paul Pearson, Treasurer
Christine Bochen
Monica Weis
June-Ann Greeley
Christopher Kelly
Jeff Kiernan

Photo: Merton Legacy Trust

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