There will be a book launch event on Oct. 2 at St. Anthony Shrine and Ministry Center in Boston for The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton (Ave Maria Press, 2014) by Boston College doctoral student Daniel P. Horan, OFM. In his new book, Fr. Dan, a Franciscan friar, shows how Trappist monk Thomas Merton’s life was shaped by his love for St. Francis and for the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual tradition. Fr. Dan will give a public lecture beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a book signing. Fr. Dan is also a columnist for America magazine, and the author of the several books, including Dating God and The Last Words of Jesus.