Grantee of the Month – February 2012

Grantee of the Month

TRCF is proud to recognize our grantees throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania that promote social justice and change through their activities. Each month we will recognize one of these organizations as our Grantee of the Month.

In Sisterhood Project: The Women’s Movement

Grantee of the month, February 2012

The Thomas Merton Center (TMC) is celebrating their 40th year of bringing awareness to issues of war, poverty, racism, classism, economic justice, oppression and environmental justice. TMC, named after a 20th century Anglo-American Catholic monk, started out in 1972 as part of the movement to end the war in Vietnam by raising funds to provide medical aid to Indochina and information to schools and religious education programs.

Today, the organization connects with people of diverse philosophies and faiths in hopes of finding a common ground of nonviolent resistance to bring about a more just and peaceful world community. Based in Garfield, the TMC acts as a resource for other organizations promoting social justice and peace within the region.

To commemorate four decades, TMC will hosted a kick-off event on January 31. The event, “A Prophet in the Monastery: Why Thomas Merton’s Radical Social Vision Still Inspires Forty Years Later.” A talk was led by a former TMC staffer, Dr. Art McDonald.

In 2011, TMC was a Three Rivers Community Foundation grant recipient as the fiscal sponsor for the *In Sisterhood: The Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh *project that was created by Pat Ulbrich. *In Sisterhood* is an oral history project designed to raise awareness about influential leaders in the women’s movement during the late 1900s and their collaborative efforts to promote equality for women in the Pittsburgh region. The multimedia exhibit will be featured at The Bowman~Penelec~Megahan Art Galleries of Allegheny College from January 24 to March 14. Featured activists include Ann Begler, Jeanne Clark, Alma Speed Fox, Barbara Hafer, Eleanor Smeal, and other leading feminists in western Pennsylvania.


Other events to keep your eye on for the In Sisterhood Project include:

– The Bridge Builders exhibit premiering at the August Wilson Center March 30th – June 30th.

– An In Sisterhood Movement Fundraiser/Gala at the August Wilson Center, April 12th


Visit for more information on the organization and their upcoming events. “Like” the Thomas Merton Foundation on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Visit for more information on *In Sisterhood: The Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh.*


Past Grantees of the Month