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Thomas Merton, a monk and scholar with ties to Kentucky, was born 100 years ago this week

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - One of modern Catholicism's most well-known writers and monks, who called the Louisville area home for part of his life, would have been 100 years old later this month.

Thomas Merton, who is recognized with the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, was born on Jan. 31, 1915.

Merton was a Trappist monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani, a monastery near Bardstown, Ky.

He is most remembered for his writings on social justice and spirituality.

In June, Bellarmine will hold the a centennial gathering of the International Thomas Merton Society, a group of scholars that meets in remembrance of Merton's work.

For a full look at Merton's life and his relation to Kentucky, see this story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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