Thomas Merton & Dorothy Day, Pilgrims and Prophets of Peace

This play will be performed at the Peace Center on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 7pm. The dramatic presentation is a Reader’s Theater style and brings to life two of the most important and inspiring spiritual teachers of the last century. We learn of their deepest struggles and intuitions about the meaning of death, about prayer, mystical experience, war and peace, and the way of universal compassion and nonviolent love.

     Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day never physically met each other, although they very much knew of each other and read each other’s writings. In the last ten years of Merton’s life they frequently exchanged letters in which they shared their deepest concerns. In some ways, they lived parallel lives ultimately pointed in the same direction, toward inner and outer peacemaking. Thomas Merton lived the life of one seemingly withdrawn from the world, and Dorothy Day lived a life of activism. What we learn during this play is how much Merton was engaged in the world and what a contemplative Dorothy Day was.   

      The play is performed by David Hoover and Sharon Halsey-Hoover. They have lived in Albuquerque for the past three years and are involved with the Trinity House Catholic Worker, Campaign Nonviolence, and Inscape Ministries, which is a PAJOLA member of the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice. They bring with them to Albuquerque decades of work in peace and justice and spirituality. Several years ago they created Inscape Ministries through which they present dramatic presentations on the lives of Merton, Day, and St. Francis of Assisi. Suggested donation is $10, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Their website is and they can be found on Facebook at Inscape Ministries. More info: Sharon, 714-420-6771 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
202 Harvard SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA


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