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Merton's Correspondence with:

Br. Charles Brandt, O.C.S.O.; Fr. Charles Alfred Edwin Brandt, Fr. Charles Brandt, Charles, Fr.

Brandt, Charles, Br., O.C.S.O.  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1964
Volume: 4 item(s); 9 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Biography

Br. Charles Brandt was writing from the Trappist monastery of Our Lady of New Melleray in Dubuque, Iowa. After leaving the Trappists he became a priest and hermit on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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Related Information and Links

See one published letter from Merton to Br. Charles Brandt (published as "Brother C.") in The School of Charity, pp. 241-3.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1964/09/14 TLS to Merton Perhaps you will remember me. Back in Easter, '56, when Fr. Hilary was guestmaster, I spent about 8 advise on contemplative vocation / background of meeting Merton before entering, and when thinking about, Trappist vocation / life first with the Anglican Benedictines / desire to join Camaldolese - need for greater solitude in nature (Thoreau a childhood hero) / time with Fr. Minard in South Carolina / Dom Winandy / authenticity of Merton's vocation to the solitary life and recommendations to others - stay with Trappists or look elsewhere? / Merton's article on the eremitical life «detailed view»
2. 1964/09/27 (#01) TL[c] from Merton It was good to hear from you, and I think I have a fairly clear memory of your visit, though it was Trappist monastic life - good on promoting the vita activa (active life) of work and active communal prayer, but not good at promoting true solitude - will drive away those looking for solitude unless eremitical life is allowed - suggests Fr. Minard's group / Merton looking for a solution for more solitude within the Order «detailed view»
3. 1964/09/27 (#02) TL[c] from Merton It was good to hear from you, and I think I have a fairly clear memory of your visit, though it was [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] Trappist monastic life - good on promoting the vita activa (active life) of work and active communal prayer, but not good at promoting true solitude - will drive away those looking for solitude unless eremitical life is allowed - suggests Fr. Minard's group / Merton looking for a solution for more solitude within the Order «detailed view»
4. 1966/11/23 other   A hermit-monk was ordained as a priest at Canadian Martyrs Church here in the first such ceremony [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2 - newspaper article on Brandt's ordination to the priesthood published in The Daily Colonist of Victoria, British Columbia] «detailed view»

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