This post is just a little bit of a practical notice for those who happen to be located in or around two metropolitan areas in the next few weeks. I’ll be giving a paper as one of the invited lecturers at a conference at Bellarmine University titled, Contemplation in a Technological Era: Thomas Merton’s Insight for the Twenty-First Century on September 23-24, 2011 in Louisville, KY. The speakers are an outstanding lineup — and I’m not saying that because I’m one of them, on the contrary, I am saying that in spite of the fact that I’m one of them. I am humbled to have been invited to give a presentation alongside such excellent scholars and authors. To learn more about this conference, sponsored by the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, visit: The Conference Webpage or Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND’s webpage. Oh, for those who are interested, my title is: “Digital Natives and the Digital Self: The Wisdom of Thomas Merton for Millennial Spirituality and Self-Understanding.”

Additionally, word has begun to spread about the 2011 Francis Week Lecture sponsored by St. Francis of Assisi on West 31st Street in Midtown Manhattan annually. I am this year’s lecturer, scheduled to deliver a talk titled: “Finding Francis on Facebook: Franciscan Spirituality and Mission in the Digital Age,” on the evening of Sunday October 2nd. As with the Merton Conference, I am incredibly honored to have been asked to be this year’s speaker, I hope that those who live in or near the Metro NYC area might be able to come and celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, if not just at Sunday’s lecture, then at some other point during the week-long celebration. For more information, visit: St. Francis Week 2011.

As always, you can keep an eye out for the latest information and schedule of events on the speaking schedule page of my website.

Photo: Peter Jordan

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