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Merton's Correspondence with:

Joseph T. Mulloy; Joseph Mulloy; Joe Mulloy; Mulloy, Joe; Karen Mulloy; Mulloy, Karen

Mulloy, Joseph T., 1943-  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1968, 1971
Volume: 10 item(s); 8 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Joseph Mulloy and his wife, Karen, corresponded with Merton for a number of years. In 1968, it was arranged through a mutual friend for Joseph to meet Merton at Gethsemani. Merton supported Mulloy in seeking Conscientious Objector status for the Vietnam War and wrote a letter to Local Board 47 in Louisville, Kentucky. Despite this, Mulloy was sent to prison. (Source: The Road to Joy, p. 366.)

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See also "FBI Materials and CIA Materials" file; and see also one published letter from Merton to Joseph and Karen Mulloy in The Road to Joy, pp. 366-367. For an oral history interview with Joseph Mulloy (Merton is mentioned around 1 hour, 32 minutes), see also:; and a interview with Mulloy's wife Karen (mentions Merton in section beginning at 2 hours, 19 minutes):

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1968/02/19 HLS[x]  from Merton to Local [Draft] Board #47 - Louisville As a spiritual advisor I have been consulted by Joseph Mulloy who is seeking to follow «detailed view»
2. 1968/03/18 other[x]   LOUISVILLE, Ky.---Joseph Mulloy will be tried in U.S. District Court on April 5 for refusing to be [News clipping from the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF) of Louisville, Kentucky] «detailed view»
3. 1968/03/24 HLS to Merton I have waited to write you for some weeks now but the press of the law and related factors have kept [originally described as 1968/03/29 (handwriting difficult)] «detailed view»
4. 1968/04/14 (#01) TLS from Merton This is to thank you for your letters and to say that this morning I will offer Mass for you. «detailed view»
5. 1968/04/14 (#02) TL[c] from Merton This is to thank you for your letters and to say that this morning I will offer Mass for you. «detailed view»
6. 1971/02/03 TLS[x] to Center from Mulloy, Joseph Your letter regarding the establishment of the Merton Studies Center and the invitation to donate «detailed view»

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