Michael Casey, OCSO, is a monk of Tarrawarra Abbey in Australia. He holds a degree in Scripture from Leuven and a doctorate from the Melbourne College of Divinity. Recently, he has been engaged in exploring different aspects of monastic spirituality, writing, and giving conferences throughout the English-speaking monastic world.
Mary Margaret Funk, OSB, is a nun of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Indiana. From 1994 through 2004, she served as executive director of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, which fosters dialogue among monastics of the world's religions. She is the author of many books and articles, including the five-volume Matters series.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Catholic convert, Cistercian monk and hermit, poet, contemplative, social critic, and pioneer of interreligious dialogue, was a seminal figure of twentieth-century American Christianity.