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Merton's Correspondence with:

Bishop Christopher Mwoleka

Mwoleka, Christopher, Bishop, 1927-2002  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1967-1968, 1972, 1984
Volume: 13 item(s); 20 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Merton and Mwoleka discuss a number of topics, including a Christian's place in the modern world, racial problems, the eremitical life, and the religious traditions of Asia. Merton asks for some books of African poetry and thought.

Biography

Fr. Christopher Mwoleka was a native African who became Bishop of Rulenge in Tanzania in 1969. When he first wrote to Merton in 1967, he explains that he had first read Merton in 1952, and that Seeds of Contemplation was an inspiration for him to leave his job as an office clerk and enter seminary. He was ordained in 1962 and would later read a number of Merton's books. Shortly after beginning their correspondence, Mwoleka began teaching at St. Charles Lwanga's Katoke Seminary in Biharamulo.

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Related Information and Links

See also published letters from Merton to Mwoleka published in The Hidden Ground of Love, pp. 461-463.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1967/08/31 (#01) TL[c] to Merton On the feast of St. John of the Cross 1952, 24th November, passing by a book-stall in Dar es Salaam, «detailed view»
2. 1967/08/31 (#02) TLS[x] to Merton On the feast of St. John of the Cross 1952, 24th November, passing by a book-stall in Dar es Salaam, [from one folder from the "New Directions Publishing" papers at Harvard, entitled "Letters (carbons) to various people, 1967"] «detailed view»
3. 1967/09/13 TLS from Merton I was so happy and touched by your warm and kind letter. In this world where there is so much «detailed view»
4. 1967/12/27 TAL[c] to Merton Let me console myself by saying "better late than never" for sending you my Christmas greetings now. «detailed view»
5. 1968/02/10 TLS to Merton When I wrote to you last time, if the letter hadn't been too long I should have said a word about «detailed view»
6. 1968/02/24 (#01) TLS from Merton Thanks for your two very good letters. I am most happy and interested to hear about your reaction «detailed view»
7. 1968/02/24 (#02) TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your two very good letters. I am most happy and interested to hear about your reaction «detailed view»
8. 1972/09/22 TLS to Center from Mwoleka, Christopher Your kind letter which I received two years ago is now here before me and find, to my shame, that it «detailed view»
9. 1972/10/05 TL[x] from Center to Mwoleka, Christopher Thank you for your kind letter of September 22 regarding our request for correspondence «detailed view»
10. 1972/10/25 (#01) TLS[x] to Center from Mwoleka, Christopher With reference to your letter of October 5, I am enclosing herewith originals of two letters «detailed view»
11. 1972/10/25 (#02) TLS[x] to Center from Mwoleka, Christopher May I ask for a favour from your Centre. At that Meeting in the Far East after which he died, «detailed view»
12. 1972/11/09 TL[x] from Center to Mwoleka, Christopher Please accept our sincere graditude [sic] for the contribution of your correspondence with Thomas «detailed view»
13. 1984/01/18 TLS[x]  from Shannon, William / to Christopher Mwoleka I am a priest of the diocese of Rochester, New York and have taught for some years in one of our seeking biographical information, other letters, and recollections of Merton «detailed view»

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