Mertonfest at Cenacle - A celebration of the centenary of Trappist monk Thomas Merton will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 31 , at the Cenacle Retreat Center, 513 W. Fullerton, Chicago , featuring talks by Vaughn Fayle, OFM, of Antonianum University, Rome, Italy; Judith Valente, author and PBS/NPR journalist; Dr. Pauline Viviano, Loyola University Chicago, and Shawn Storer of the Catholic Peace Fellowship.
We also began organizing a series of multicultural and multimedia memorial concerts that were performed in November 2011 with original sacred music composed by our then Interim Music Director Fr. Vaughn Fayle (OFM) and a libretto written by our Senior Pastor Rev. Susan Johnson.
Fr. Vaughn Fayle, OFMDirector of Music and Composer in ResidenceHyde Park Union Church773.363.6063
At the suggestion of his uncle, exiled South African poet Dennis Brutus, Vaughn began setting Brutus' Robben Island poetry to music and then began studying the poetry of the American poet and spiritual writer, Thomas Merton.
Vaughn is a member of the American Composers Forum, the American Guild of Organists and the American Philosophical Association.
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