Formation Opportunities

Columbia students, faculty, and alumni are offered a full range of programs organized and sponsored by the Merton Institute—classes in Catholic theology, lectures and seminars on Christian thought and culture, conversations with accomplished professionals, spiritual direction, and more. All of the Institute’s activities seek to inculcate the enduring richness and wisdom of a Catholic vision of life and help people to discern, embrace, and live out their human and Christian vocation in the service of the Church and society.

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Spiritual & Doctrinal Formation

  • Bible Studies
  • Retreats & Recollections
  • Mini-Courses on the Faith
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Pilgrimages

Professional & Cultural Formation

  • Monday Night Speakers Series
  • Lectures & Seminars
      • “Seven Storey Mountain: By Fr. Thomas Merton”
      • “The Art of Prayer: Learning to Pray in a Life Changing Way”
      • “Classical Apologetics”