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Merton's Correspondence with:

Dom Colomban Bissey; Abbot Colomban Bissey; Dom Columban Bissey; Bissey, Columban

Bissey, Colomban, Dom, O.C.S.O., 1912-  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1950, 1964-1967
Volume: 24 item(s); 39 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Biography

Dom Colomban Bissey served as Abbot of Melleray in France, the mother house of the Abbey of Gethsemani, from 1958-1986. He conducted visitations to Gethsemani as he was Gethsemani's Father Immediate.

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Related Information and Links

See published letters from Merton to Bissey in The School of Charity, pp. 194-195 and 273-274.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1950/05/29 HLS to Merton Merci de tant coeur pour les deux exemplaires de votre beau livre sur sainte Lutgarde. Je le lirai «detailed view»
2. 1960/02/16 TL[x] from Fox, James We have more pleasant news for you now than in our last letter in regard to the book AELRED DE [see "Fox, James" file for this letter] Aelred of Rievaulx book by Fr. Amédée (Amadeus of Bricquebec) translation into English - Fox giving consent for Merton to write preface under specified conditions «detailed view»
3. 1964/01/07 (#01) TAL[c] from Merton Voici un petit mot pour vous souhaiter d'abord une bonne année. Et puis quelques réflexions, que «detailed view»
4. 1964/01/07 (#02) transcript from Merton Here are a few words for you first of all to wish you a happy New Year, and then some reflections «detailed view»
5. 1964/01/07 (#03) transcript from Merton Here are a few words for you, first of all to wish you a happy New Year. And then some reflections [copied from annotated typescript in Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2, Box 3] «detailed view»
6. 1964/01/27 HLS to Merton Merci de votre charmante lettre du 7 et de votre livre "Emblems of a Season of Fury." «detailed view»
7. 1965/04/07 (#01) TAL[c] from Merton Vous avez été bien aimable ce matin, je regrette beaucoup de vous avoir indirectement cause des «detailed view»
8. 1965/04/07 (#02) transcript from Merton You were very kind this morning and I am very sorry to have caused you some annoyance by being [copied from annotated typescript in Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2, Box 3] «detailed view»
9. 1965/04/28 HLS to Merton C'est de Cîteaux, où je viens d'arriver pour le Ch. G'al presque eu même temps que Dom James, «detailed view»
10. 1965/11/08 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Voici une réponse que j'écris a votre P. Raymond qui m'a écrit, comme vous le savez Je lui dis ma «detailed view»
11. 1965/11/08 (#02) transcript from Merton Here is an answer I am writing to your Fr. Raymond who wrote to me as you know. I tell him my [copied from annotated typescript in Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2, Box 3] «detailed view»
12. 1965/11/29 HLS to Merton Votre lettre du 8 Nov. m'a causé me immense joie, «detailed view»
13. 1967/01/24 (#01) TLS[x]  from Bernard, Fr., O.C.S.O. / to James Fox Vous n'êtes pas sans savoir que notre Père Abbé vient d'être nommé Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, invitation for Merton to travel to France for Dom Colomban Bissey's induction into the Legion of Honor «detailed view»
14. 1967/01/24 (#02) TLS[x]  from Bernard, Fr., O.C.S.O. to Merton Vous savez déjà par une indiscrétion de mon Père Prieur (mon frère de sang) la nomination de notre [see also item number three of the same date, a note from Merton to Dom James Fox, which was typed onto the same page] invitation for Merton to travel to France for Dom Colomban Bissey's induction into the Legion of Honor «detailed view»
15. 1967/01/24 (#03) TNS[x]  from Merton to James Fox What about it? How about a nice birthday present? --You yourself often say it is good for monks [see also item number two of the same date] invitation for Merton to travel to France for Dom Colomban Bissey's induction into the Legion of Honor «detailed view»
16. 1967/01/31 HLS to Merton J'aurais voulu vous annonce moi-même, «detailed view»
17. 1967/02/01 (#01) TLS[x] from Fox, James I would not want you to misinterpret my letter which I have written to good Father Bernard complaint to Dom Colomban Bissey that one of the monks of Melleray, Fr. Bernard, was trying to "induce Father Louis to make a trip across the Atlantic" for Bissey's induction into the French Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honor) «detailed view»
18. 1967/02/01 (#02) TLS[x]  from Fox, James / to Fr. Bernard, O.C.S.O. I presume that you can read english, I hope. I know you have acted in all innocence-- good will-- «detailed view»
19. 1967/02/16 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Voici que je viens un peu en retard pour vous féliciter, mais vous savez bien combien je suis «detailed view»
20. 1967/02/16 (#02) transcript from Merton Here I come a little bit late to congratulate you, but you know well how happy I am regarding [copied from annotated typescript in Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2, Box 3] «detailed view»
21. 1967/06/12 (#01) HLS to Merton N'ayant pas "l'opportunité" d'aller vous voir cette année, je bien vous faire me «detailed view»
22. 1967/06/12 (#02) other   Demande à Père Louis de Gethsemani (Th. Merton) un article comprenant de six à dix pages [attached to 1967/06/12 letter - memo passed on to Merton] asking Merton to write a short article on the Cistercian tradition from the middle ages to the present / Dom Vital Lehodey - article on the spirituality of St. Theresa of Lisieux / Bissey adds "Comment faites-vous pour la Censure de l'Ordre? J'espère qu'on vous en fait grâce!" «detailed view»
23. 1967/06/23 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Merci de votre aimable lettre. Je suis content d'avoir de vos nouvelles. Les rédacteurs des declines offer to do the proposed article on the history of the Order because of current books in the works «detailed view»
24. 1967/06/23 (#02) transcript from Merton Thanks for your kind letter. I am happy to have received your news. The editors of the Annales [copied from annotated typescript in Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2, Box 3] declines offer to do the proposed article on the history of the Order because of current books in the works «detailed view»

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