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Merton's Correspondence with:

Mother Myriam Dardenne; Sr. Myriam Dardenne; Dardenne, Myriam, Sr.

Dardenne, Myriam, Mother, O.C.S.O., 1920-2002  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1965, 1968
Volume: 33 item(s); 41 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Biography

Mother Myriam Dardenne founded Redwoods Abbey, a Trappist community of women, in White Thorn, California. Merton met her on her way to found it in 1962. Later, he visited Redwoods before continuing his trip to Asia. They discuss Merton's travel plans and arrangements for a meeting of contemplative religious at Redwoods Monastery.

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Related Information and Links

Three letters from Dardenne can be found in the "Webster, Portia" file. See also "Brennan, Benedicta" and "Breitenbeck, Joseph Matthew" for more information about reform in the lives of women religious; see also published letters from Merton to Mother Myriam in The School of Charity, pp. 158-159, 267-268, 370, 378-379, 386-387, 389-391, 393, 395-397, 408-409.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1962/12/12 TLS[x] from Merton I hope you are by now well settle in your new home. I have not heard any news from your or about [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
2. 1963/01/02 TLS[x] from Merton Merci de votre bonne lettre. Vous avez sans doute reçu trois boites de livres que je vous ai envoyés «detailed view»
3. 1965/03/06 (#01) TL[c] from Merton I received your letter the other day, and certainly there is nothing I would like better than to «detailed view»
4. 1965/03/06 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton I received your letter the other day, and certainly there is nothing I would like better than «detailed view»
5. 1968/03/12 (#01) TL[c] from Merton I am happy to say that with the improved situation here I have been able to obtain permission «detailed view»
6. 1968/03/12 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton I am happy to say that with the improved situation here I have been able to obtain permission [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
7. 1968/03/19 TLS[x] to Merton Thank you for coming! The onlu [sic] problem is the question of dates. The reunion of abbesses ocso. «detailed view»
8. 1968/03/22 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Many thanks for your letter which came today. Strangely enough I as still not able to fit a full «detailed view»
9. 1968/03/22 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Many thanks for your letter which came today. Strangely enough I as still not able to fit a full [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
10. 1968/03/29 TLS  from Cecilia, Sr. to Merton Mother Myriam asked me to look into the flight possibilities for your Westbound trip, and here is [Sr. Cecilia was Mother Myriam's secretary] «detailed view»
11. 1968/04/20 (#01) TL[c] from Merton At last I think I am able to make more or less definite plans for the rest of my trip. I shall be «detailed view»
12. 1968/04/20 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton At last I think I am able to make more or less definite plans for the rest of my trip. I shall be [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
13. 1968/04/28 (#01) TL[c] from Merton In just a week I hope to be with you. So now I am beginning to think a bit about what we might do. [2 copies] «detailed view»
14. 1968/04/28 (#02) TL[c] from Merton In just a week I hope to be with you. So now I am beginning to think a bit about what we might do. [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
15. 1968/05/20 HLS[x]  from Merton to the Sisters [at Redwoods Abbey] I am just leaving here to take the plane for Kentucky. This is a very isolated place [Merton writes from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, in Abiquiu, New Mexico] «detailed view»
16. 1968/06/29 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Are you back alive? Prison? Bread and water? I have often thought much about you and prayed «detailed view»
17. 1968/06/29 (#02) TALS[x] from Merton Are you back alive? Prison? Bread and water? I have often thought much about you and prayed [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
18. 1968/07/08 TLS to Merton Thank you for your letters and your suggestions. You have been much with me both in thoughts «detailed view»
19. 1968/07/11 (#01) TL[c] from Merton The best way to reply to your letter is to enclose the letter I received from Sr. Benedicta. «detailed view»
20. 1968/07/11 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton The best way to reply to your letter is to enclose the letter I received from Sr. Benedicta. [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2 - contains photocopy of photo that Merton sent of his hermitage and notes "This is my place in winter"] «detailed view»
21. 1968/07/16 TLS to Merton The last Saturday evening " happening" was a meeting with a group of 30 hippies-gypsies type people. «detailed view»
22. 1968/07/20 (#01) TL[c] from Merton It does not surprise me that Jones seems about to sell his land on the shore. I got that impression «detailed view»
23. 1968/07/20 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton It does not surprise me that Jones seems about to sell his land on the shore. I got that impression [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
24. 1968/07/22 TLS[x] from Merton This is just to say that my constantly changing plans have changed again. I have another important [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
25. 1968/08/01 HLS to Merton To receive God through "meditation," silent expectation and "kenosis," don't we have this in common «detailed view»
26. 1968/08/05 TL[c] from Merton Wishing you all luck at Monroe-- whenever it is. Will you tell Sr. Benedicta that if she wants «detailed view»
27. 1968/08/28 TALS to Merton Last Sunday, Mike the guitarist-- do you remember the tape we listened to last May--, played in the «detailed view»
28. 1968/09/07 TLS[x] from Merton Since Dom Leclercq was coming here this weekend, I waited to answer your letter. I asked him where [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
29. 1968/09/20 HLS[x] from Merton Guess where I am now. Alaska! I am doing a little work which - I hope - will earn me some «detailed view»
30. 1968/10/14 HLS[x] from Merton Thanks for the lovely and fruitful days at Redwoods. We arrived here safely and I am planning «detailed view»
31. 1968/10/29 transcript from Merton India has been so far a most rewarding experience -- and disconcerting also. Great poverty [from New Delhi - copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
32. 1968/11/07 HLS[x] from Merton I am finishing what is more or less a week's retreat in the Himalayas -- in a cottage down [from Dharamsala] «detailed view»
33. undated/no/no HNS[x] from Merton When you have finished with this carbon copy please send it and the original to Bro Patrick to be [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»

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