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Merton's Correspondence with:

Sr. Mary Madeleva; Sr. M. Madeleva; Mother Mary Madeleva

Madeleva (Mary Madeleva), Sr., C.S.C., 1887-1964  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1953-1963
Volume: 4 item(s); 6 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Sr. Mary Madeleva, born Mary Evaline Wolff, was a Sister of the Holy Cross who served as long time president of Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She is also known as a poet and literary critic. She shared with Merton a love of medieval Christian mysticism. In his letter, Merton specifically praises Julian of Norwich. By the first extant letter in 1953, Merton and Sr. Madeleva had seemed to have already written letters to each other. (Source: "Madeleva, Mary." World Authors." 1996. Wilson Biographies Plus. Online. H.W. Wilson. Bellarmine University Library, Louisville, KY. 2 Nov. 2005. ‹›.)

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Related Information and Links

See also Cold War Letters #51 published in Witness to Freedom, pp. 43-44.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
 y/m/dMerton Scan ✉ 
1. 1953/07/08 TLS to Merton Although our letter are infrequent there are not many days in my week when your name or your work «detailed view»
2. 1962/02/27 TLS to Merton On my desk I have a remarkable manuscript, Ascetical and Mystical Theology. It carries «detailed view»
3. 1962/03/no transcript from Merton The chief reason why Julian of Norwich and the other English Mystics are not in the notes I sent, [Cold War Letters #51 - transcript from bound set] «detailed view»
4. 1963/10/09 TLS to Merton You are constantly enriching my life and exalting me spiritually. Now you come to examine «detailed view»

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