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Penido, Basílio, Dom, O.S.B.

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1962-1963, 1966

Volume: 5 item(s); 13 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Dom Basílio Penido writes to Merton of the poor conditions in the northeast part of the country where his monastery is located. After thanking him for introducing some of his books to Brazil, Merton tells him of some of the changes being made to the monastic life at Gethsemani and his experience as a hermit.


Dom Basílio Penido was Abbot of the Benedictine community of São Bento de Olinda in Recife, Brazil. He wrote some prefaces for Portuguese versions of Merton's books released in Brazil.

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See also one published letter from Merton to Penido in The School of Charity, pp. 306-307.

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This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

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SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1962/09/01 (#01)TLSto MertonYour very kind letter was a joy for me. Perhaps you remember, some years ago I wrote you telling   
 1962/09/01 (#02)otherto MertonTHE HEMISPHERE [-] BRAZIL [-] The Hungry Land [-] Brazil's enormous northeast bulge has more people  [<u>Time</u> magazine, 1962/05/18 and sent to Merton with 1962/09/01 letter]
 1963/04/24 HLSto MertonIt is a long time since I have been planning to write you in order to thank you for leaving sent me   
 1966/05/17 HLSto MertonJust some ten days ago the book you sent me has arrived.   
 1966/06/20 TL[c]from MertonIt was a very great pleasure to get your kind and interesting letter of May 17th. I have beenYes  

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