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"Doug flings his heart and soul into the atmosphere. 
So tender and vulnerable, his spiritual journey unfolds

in unabashedly mystical and devotional terms.  It was
a stunning and haunting performance."


Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

Wisdom teacher, mystic, Episcopal priest, spiritual writer & retreat leader

"Merton & Me is a work of art. It left me speechless.  The writing and acting took tremendous courage. Doug said the unsayable on the page and shared it on the stage. I am in awe." 


Cynthia Allen


A brilliant revelation of a crafted and personal work of art that moves the receptive participant to begin, or renew, their own spiritual pilgrimage.

Jim Bannon

ITMS member

"With Thomas Merton as his guide, Doug spirals down his life path, encountering friendship, love, loss and loneliness. His creative search for truth integrates mind, body, soul and cell resulting in a dynamic performance as he accesses his spiritual wholeness and true self. Truly inspiring and entertaining as well!"

Alice Finley

Merton Student

"Doug's performance of Merton and Me - A Living Trinity drew me right in! His honesty and vulnerability called me to open myself to my own growth and transformation and reflect on the spiritual guides in my own life that God placed in my path."


Sister Sue Zemuglis, OP

Dominican Retreat & Conference Center


"A powerful inter play between the true self (who I am), the false self ( who I project myself to be or the only self I know myself to be), and the voice of Thomas Merton
(a voice of wisdom) challenging me to be the self I am called to be - the transformed self.  Superbly acted, mirroring the complexity of the human person, celebrating the role of the wisdom person who we need to meet in our lives.  Doug challenges us to find that person."


Father Carl Arico

Founding Member of Contemplative Outreach

Centering Prayer Teacher/Retreat Leader

"Doug Lory has created a contemporary 'Seven Storey Mountain' in theatrical form.  While he reveals his own personal and spiritual evolution, he also attends to the Trappist mystic and writer Thomas Merton with deep inner truth.  Living consciously in today’s world is no small task!  A modern man, a man of HIS time, Doug’s story in Merton & Me takes the audience with him on a ride to the center." 


Dr. Carol A. Joyce

Clinical Psychotherapist, NYC

"Merton and Me is an intimate look at one man's Spiritual quest and how Thomas Merton helped him along the way.  I was drawn into Doug's process and God's response to it.  It is an experience that stays with you long after the performance is over."


Sr. Judith Kapp, RSM

Dominican Retreat & Conference Center

Program Director

"I still haven't come down from this amazing production!  The play demonstrated the way a person

can make meaning and sense out of a tumultuous life and, like Merton's writings, reaches out to all of humanity from the least to the greatest."

Bill Derby

Teacher, Musician

"We were captivated throughout - this really is a must see show!  Doug's ability to weave Merton’s brilliance into his own life experience is profound, moving and insightful.    We marveled at Doug’s acting abilities but also in his sensitivity to deeply understand & portray Merton in such an original and provocative way."

Teresa Scott

Former Thomas Merton NYC Chapter Coordinator

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