Merton was friends with many at the nearby Loretto motherhouse in Nerinx, Kentucky, including Sister Mary Luke Tobin. Merton writes in 1962 before some novices have taken simple vows. In 1964, some of the novices from the Sisters of Loretto in Colorado sent Merton a Christmas card they had made, and Merton responds with a letter of thanks.
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See also Cold War Letters #76 published in Witness to Freedom, p. 54. See also Hidden in the Same Mystery: Thomas Merton and Loretto.
This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.
||transcript from Merton
||The day has come for you to give yourselves completely to Christ Our Lord. You will never
|| [to novices in Nerinx, Kentucky]
||HCS to Merton
||a woman bears a son [-] May the unrest of Christ be with you. Merry Christmas! The Loretto Novices
|| [card made and signed by novices from Colorado with a quote from the Song of Songs and "primitive drawings" of a woman with child: Sr. Sandra White, Sr. Evelyn, Sr. Susan Barton, Sr. Judith, Sr. Barbara, Sr. Linda, Sr. Marie, Sr. Susan Charmley (sp?), Sr. Kathleen, Sr. Carolyn, Sr. Mary Halen, Sr. Cynthia, Sr. Diane and Sr. Dorothy]
||TL[c] from Merton
||Thank you for your greetings and good wishes, and your promise of prayers. The sheet with all
|| [to novices in Colorado]