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, was honored downtown Saturday.

Jan. 31 would have been the 100th birthday of Thomas Merton.

He spent much of his life in Kentucky, particularly as a Trappist monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani, a monastery near Bardstown, Ky.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz spoke at the ceremony, instilling how Merton's life and legacy continues to be an example for Catholics today.

"Of all the many things that we can say ... certainly Thomas Merton gives us an enduring witness ... to the power of religious belief that can transform our lives," Archbishop Kurtz said.

The Center for Interfaith Relations sponsored the ceremony at the Brown Theatre on West Broadway.

It culminated with the premiere screening of a new film, titled "The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton", centered around Merton's life.

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