In Silence with Thomas Merton


In Silence with Thomas Merton

Led By: Br. Ephrem Arcement, OHC
Suggested Donation: $350

In Silence with Thomas Merton


July 12, 2024 - July 14, 2024    
5:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Guest House
1615 Broadway, West Park, New York, 12493

Friday, 12 July – Sunday, 14 July 2024

Introducing a new retreat series at Holy Cross Monastery: In Silence…

The hope for each of these retreats is to explore the life and spirituality of a given mystic of the Christian tradition and to begin learning how to put their wisdom into practice. Components to the retreat will be conferences on a given mystic, group sharing and Q&A, and contemplative prayer, along with opportunities for prayer and Eucharist with the monastic community.

This In Silence… retreat will explore the life and spirituality of the Cistercian monk Thomas Merton. Thomas Merton is widely regarded as one of the foremost spiritual writers of the twentieth century whose influence extends well beyond the Cistercian monasticism or the Roman Catholicism which he called home. Join Br. Ephrem Arcement, OHC in encountering this profound figure who did so much to shape the contours of the contemplative and prophetic traditions in the church today.

Suggested reading for retreat: New Seeds of Contemplation

Br. Ephrem Arcement, OHC spent ten years as a Benedictine monk of St. Joseph Abbey in Louisiana before transferring to Holy Cross Monastery where he now serves as guestmaster. Br. Ephrem brings years of experience to his retreat ministry and has a particular interest in helping make the vitality of the Christian spiritual tradition understood and made accessible to all who are interested in deepening their spiritual lives. Br. Ephrem holds a PhD in Spirituality from The Catholic University of America. His two books are Intimacy in Prayer: Wisdom from Bernard of Clairvaux and In the School of Prophets: The Formation of Thomas Merton’s Prophetic Spirituality. 

To register, please contact our Guesthouse Office by phone (845-384-6660, ext. 3002) or email (