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Merton's Correspondence with:

Dom Anthony Chassagne; Dom Chassagne

Chassagne, Anthony, Dom, O.C.S.O., 1911-1996  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1963, 1966
Volume: 15 item(s); 18 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Biography

Dom Anthony Chassagne was abbot of Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, South Carolina from 1955-1974, having served as a superior before status as an abbey since its founding in 1949.

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Related Information and Links

See two letters from Merton to Chassagne in The School of Charity, pp. 180-181 and 312-315; and see also the "Censors Reports" correspondence file.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1947/04/05 TLS to Merton "St. Lugarde, a study in Cistercian Mysticism" by a Monk of Our Lady of Gethsemani, Gethsemani, 1947 [see the "Censors Reports" correspondence file for physical holdings] "What Are These Wounds? : The life of a Cistercian Mystic, Saint Lutgarde of Aywières" [book] - censor's remarks by Fr. Anthony Chassagne (see also "Chassagne, Anthony" correspondence file) «detailed view»
2. 1947/09/05 HNS to Merton "Death of a Trappist" by Thomas Merton Nihil obstat Sept. 5, 1947 fr m. Anthony Chassgne, OCSO [see the "Censors Reports" correspondence file for physical holdings] "Death of a Trappist" [essay] - Nihil obstat from censor Fr. Anthony Chassagne (see also "Chassagne, Anthony" correspondence file) «detailed view»
3. 1947/10/03 HNS to Merton + Nihil obstat paginis quibus titulus "Active and Contemplative Orders" scriptis a Thomas Merton [see the "Censors Reports" correspondence file for physical holdings] "Active and Contemplative Orders" [essay] - Nihil obstat granted by Fr. Anthony Chassagne «detailed view»
4. 1948/03/25 TLS to Merton MS: THE SPIRIT OF SIMPLICITY: Txt: Pref. iii: footnote number 1: "prayer and sacrifice, which [see the "Censors Reports" correspondence file for physical holdings] "Spirit of simplicity : characteristic of the Cistercian Order : an official report, demanded and approved by the General Chapter : together with texts from St. Bernard of Clairvaux on interior simplicity / translation and commentary by a Cistercian monk of Our Lady of Gethsemani [book by Merton] «detailed view»
5. 1948/04/14 HNS to Merton + Nihil obstat paginis quibus titulus: "Book Review - For Commonweal: The Third Spiritual Alphabet [see the "Censors Reports" correspondence file for physical holdings] "Third Spiritual Alphabet" by Francisco de Osuna [book review by Merton] - Nihil obstat by Fr. Anthony Chassagne «detailed view»
6. 1948/04/15 TLS to Merton Remarks concerning an article by Thomas Merton O.C.S.O. for Integrity: CONTEMPLATION IN A ROCKING [see the "Censors Reports" correspondence file for physical holdings] "Contemplation in a Rocking Chair" [essay] - censors report - Immaculate Heart Monastery (Mepkin Abbey), Moncks Corner, South Carolina / recommends two changes but grants Nihil obstat and leaves decision on changes to Merton's judgment «detailed view»
7. 1948/09/03 HNS to Merton + Nihil obstat operi cui titulus "Seeds of Contemplation" a Thomas Merton die 3 septembris 1948 [see the "Censors Reports" correspondence file for physical holdings] "Seeds of Contemplation" [book] - Nihil obstat granted by Fr. Anthony Chassagne «detailed view»
8. 1949/08/25 HLS to Merton MS "Is Mysticism Normal? by fr. m. Louis Merton O.C.S.O. pg 6 - middle - punctuation -- last half [see the "Censors Reports" correspondence file for physical holdings] "Is Mysticism Normal?" [essay] - censor's advice by Fr. Anthony Chassagne «detailed view»
9. 1950/01/27 TLS to Merton PREFACE TO ST. AUGUSTINE'S CITY OF GOD for Modern Library Edition by Thomas Merton. [see the "Censors Reports" correspondence file for physical holdings] "City of God" by St. Augustine, preface for the Modern Library Edition by Thomas Merton [book] - advice by Fr. Anthony Chassagne, Immaculate Heart Monastery (Mepkin Abbey), Moncks Corner, South Carolina - "what good can come of taking that crack at lukewarm Catholics in a Modern Library Edition of St. Augustine's City of God." «detailed view»
10. 1963/08/21 TAL[c] from Merton Pardon the exquisite stationery. I am just getting rid of the last of this lot, useless since the preface for Chassagne's book finished / censors - "question of 'opportunité' is absurd" - "arbitrary and irrational" - banning of something not based on dogmatic error, but that it does not fit with Trappist "image" / Owen Chadwick's "From Bossuet to Newman" / David Knowles' biography of Cuthbert Butler «detailed view»
11. 1963/08/26? HLS to Merton J'ai prié pour vous hier. Merci bien pour votre bonne lettre, bonne avec la bonté du bon Dieu. on going to the non-celebration of Dom Pocâre's golden jubilee and then looking at Merton's preface for his book «detailed view»
12. 1964/07/21 TNS to Merton Nihil obstat paginis quibus titulus "A CHRISTMAS DEVOTION" scriptis a Thoma Merton. [see the "Censors Reports" correspondence file for physical holdings] "Christmas Devotion" [essay] - Nihil obstat from censor Fr. Anthony Chassagne, O.C.S.O. «detailed view»
13. 1966/09/11 TALS to Merton I would be very grateful if you would answer these questions, and give your viewpoints, comments, asks Merton - reactions to hermit experiments at Mepkin, could hermit experiment at Mepkin become a permanent vocation, should there be a signed agreement with abbot for future of hermits, how many can be a hermit at once - for specified duration or permanent? / results to go into a report for the General Chapter «detailed view»
14. 1966/09/21 TL[c] from Merton Instead of taking your questions in order and strictly as they are (since I am not on the scene at [2 copies] response to Chassagne's questions about the eremitical life - thinks two permanent hermits are enough - should not get to big and change the nature of Trappist life - should not form a laura but live independently of each other but dependent on monastery - more temporary solitude for all monks «detailed view»
15. 1971/02/08 TLS[x] to Center from Chatham, Josiah I have your recent communications concerning possible copies of letters that I may have 1940 retreat at Gethsemani in which Fr. William Chassagne (now Dom Anthony Chassagne, O.C.S.O.) and Josiah Chatham considered a Trappist vocation / later years Chatham met with Merton many times and established correspondence «detailed view»

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