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Find A Grave - Abbey of Gethsemani Trappist Cemetery
Merton, Thomas 'Father Louis' b. January 31, 1915 d. December 10, 1968 Author. Known in religion as Father Louis, was a writer and Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey, near Bardstown, Kentucky. He is considered one of the most influential American Catholic authors of the 20th Century. Merton was born in Prades, France on January 31, 1915. His New Zealand-born father, Owen Merton, and his American-born mother were both artists. Merton became a U.S. citizen in 1949. After a rambunctious youth and adolescence, Merton converted to Roman Catholicism and on...[Read More] (Bio by: William Seitz) Cause of death: Accidental electrocution Abbey of Gethsemani Trappist Cemetery, Gethsemane, Nelson County, Kentucky, USA