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Merton's Correspondence with:

Fr. Godfrey Leo Diekmann; Fr. Leo Diekmann; Fr. Godfrey Diekmann

Diekmann, Godfrey Leo, Fr., O.S.B., 1908-2002  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1955-1965
Volume: 18 item(s); 33 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Fr. Leo Diekmann was a Benedictine priest and editor of Worship, "A review devoted to the Liturgical Apostolate", published at the Liturgical Press of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. Besides the subject of liturgical renewal, he wrote to Merton concerning the ecumenical movement and changes to the monastic life after the Second Vatican Council. He was also involved in civil rights marches in the 1960's and had later supported the full ministry of women in the Catholic Church.

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See published letters from Merton to Diekmann in The School of Charity, pp. 221-222 and 264-265.

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1955/04/12 TLS to Merton Please forgive the delay in answering your friendly and fraternal letter of March first. «detailed view»
2. 1960/01/25 (#01) TALS to Merton Don't jump to any precipitous conclusions: I am not rejecting the article which you so kindly sent. «detailed view»
3. 1960/01/25 (#02) HNS from Meinberg, Cloud, Fr. I have read this article. I do not find in it any plea for a large crucifix (of the type we [letter from Meinberg to Diekmann and enclosed with 1960/01/25 letter to Merton] «detailed view»
4. 1960/02/26 TALS to Merton Enclosed are the galley proofs of your article. I had hoped that the approval of the censors would «detailed view»
5. 1960/03/04 TLS to Merton Thanks for improving the article by the addition of the sub-titles, and by catching the blooper. «detailed view»
6. 1960/06/27 TALS[x] from Merton I am happy to report that the censors have passed the Liturgy Article without any changes demanded. [copied from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
7. 1962/08/16 TALS to Merton I hope your fraternal and monastic charity is broad and deep enough to cover my sin of failing «detailed view»
8. 1962/09/19 TLS to Merton Please forgive me for not answering immediately your kind letter of September 10th, offering «detailed view»
9. 1962/10/03 TLS[x] from Merton Suddenly the censor has made a discovery, and a very nice one. He says it is an immemorial custom [copy of the letter discovered in a cache of materials kept by Dom James Fox regarding censorship of Merton's books - see also "Censors Reports" under the "Morte d'Urban" series regarding Merton's review of the book by J.F. Powers] «detailed view»
10. 1962/10/17 TLS to Merton Your very welcome letter, clearing the Power Review, arrived in time to allow of its printing in «detailed view»
11. 1962/10/22 TALS to Merton Your corrections arrived in time. But only because the November issue is a bit late. I had just «detailed view»
12. 1963/05/22 TALS to Merton Your fraternal charity humbles me. I feel very guilty about not having acknowledged receipt of your «detailed view»
13. 1964/07/15 TAL[c] from Merton Thanks very much for your notes on the Einsiedeln meeting. I had already heard from Dom Leclercq «detailed view»
14. 1964/08/01 TAL[c] from Merton This document regards mostly Cistercians and Primitive Benedictines and I don't know if it would be «detailed view»
15. 1964/no/no? other to Fox, James Abbot Braso of Montserrat will soon be sending you the "official" report on the Einsiedeln meeting. «detailed view»
16. 1965/02/08 TLS to Merton It was during the Second Session of Vatican II, in the fall of 1963, that Dr. Douglas Steere «detailed view»
17. 1965/02/13 TL[c] from Merton For some time I have been aware that your very interesting and important ecumenical conference «detailed view»
18. 1965/04/05 TLS to Merton It is now a number of weeks since I have written to your Father Abbot, and received his reply, «detailed view»

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