The society is dedicated to the study of issues in religion, culture and community. The Shannon Fellowships are awarded to scholars in various parts of the world who do primary research on the life and writings of the American writer and monk, Thomas Merton.
As a Shannon Fellow, Apel will work at the Merton archives at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. His research will involve correspondence to and by Merton regarding social justice which Apel plans to include in an upcoming book, "Seeds of Hope: The Social Justice Letters of Thomas Merton."
"My hope is to contribute in a small way to the efforts of those in our global community who work for a more just and peaceful world," said Apel.
Apel's book will be a sequel to "Signs of Peace: The Interfaith Letters of Thomas Merton" (Orbis Press 2006). He is also the author of "Witnesses Before Dawn" and "Silent Conversations." He has contributed chapters to books about the works of theologians such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dom Helder Camara and Howard Thurman.
At Linfield since 1975, Apel holds a B.A. with honors from Muskingum College, a M.Div. from Garrett Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in the history and literature of religions from Northwestern University. He served as Linfield College chaplain from 1975 to 1995. He is a member of the International Thomas Merton Society and the International Bonhoeffer Society.