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MERTON'S CORRESPONDENCE WITH:
McDonnell, Kilian, Fr., O.S.B., 1921-

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1958-1963

Volume: 43 item(s); 57 pg(s)

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Biography

Fr. Kilian McDonnell is a Benedictine monk of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. He is founder and president of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research. He had the rare distinction for a Catholic monk in the early 1960's to do advanced studies in a Protestant faculty in Germany. He also studied under Catholic theologian Hans Küng. He was editor of Sponsa Regis, (later known as Sisters Today) to which Merton contributed. (Source: "Father Kilian McDonnell, OSB". Website of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research. Accessed 9 November 2005. ‹http://www.iecr.org/kilianosb.htm›.)

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See also Cold War Letters #59 published in Witness to Freedom, pp. 45-46; and other letters from Merton to McDonnell in The School of Charity, pp. 109-110, 115, 121-123, 127-128, 133-135, and 188-190. Originals of Merton's letters to McDonnell prior to the December letter of 1963 can be found in the monastic archives of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Series List

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

Container List

SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1958/03/14 TL[x]from MertonI wonder if you can do me a favor. The novices here have their breviaries full of very sad holyYes [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1958/06/08 TLS[x]from MertonAnother SOS. I am putting out a little book on Sacred Art. We are doing the job here, at leastYes [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] sacred art book, Merton's proposed book <i>Art and Worship</i> (was not published)
 1958/07/21 TLS[x]from MertonThis has been my first chance to thank you for your wonderful help in getting such a fine selectionYes [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1958/08/14 TLS[x] from Merton to Mr. GinigerI am really abashed by the splendor of your gift, "my copy" of THE CATHOLIC BIBLE IN THE ST PETER'S  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2 - filled with the Kilian McDonnell letters because Merton had mentioned McDonnell's name to Bible project affiliated with Giniger - likely Mr. Giniger refers to Kenneth Seeman Giniger, head of the Layman's National Bible Committee, publisher of "The Catholic Bible in the St. Peter's Edition"]
 1958/10/13 TLS[x]from MertonThanks for your kind letter-- you have my sympathy in your new editorial job. I would like to help  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1958/11/24 TALS[x]from MertonHere are the proofs of ART AND WORSHIP which I promised you some time ago.  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1958/12/11 HLS[x]from MertonThere is no hurry the book <u>Art and Worship</u> is not to be published before <u>next</u>  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1958/12/23 HCS[x]from Merton+The censors are making trouble about the <u>Art and Worship</u> material. I am not sure what it is  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1959/01/26 TLS[x]from MertonAt long last the permission to use these articles has come through. All our routine censorship isYes [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1959/07/31 TALSto MertonThe articles you wrote for SPONSA REGIS on spiritual direction have been extremely well received.  [writing from St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota]
 1959/08/06 TLS[x]from MertonI am happy that you want to make a pamphlet out of the Direction artciles. I am making some  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1959/08/22 TLS[x]from MertonAfter a little delay I am sending you the new version of the <u>Spiritual Direction</u> material.Yes [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1959/09/15 TLSto MertonI just returned from about a month's leave of absence and was happy to find your manuscript   
 1959/10/03 TLS[x]from MertonHere is the little piece on meditation that I referred to in my letter from the hospital.  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1959/10/03 TLS[x]from MertonHere we are with the note for nuns on sacred art. It turned into a little article on its own.  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1959/11/28 TLSto MertonEnclosed are the galleys for the book. As far as I know there is no great rush. And you can add   
 1959/12/21 TLS[x]from MertonI have just heard with pleasure that Harcourt Brace is considering the publication  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1959/12/29 TALSto MertonJust after receiving your letter sent up here to take the place of one of our fathers who is in the  [written while on temporary assignment at Mount Saint Benedict Convent in Crookston, Minnesota]
 1960/01/13 TLS[x]from MertonThe latest <u>Sponsa Regis</u> has arrived and I have just read it from cover to cover.Yes [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1960/01/20 TLSto MertonI am delighted at your reaction to the January issue. I worked rather hard on it and I am really  [writing from St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota]
 1960/01/29 TLS[x]from MertonThe censor has finally come through. As I rather anticipated, there were a lot of picayuneYes [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1960/02/04 TLS[x]from MertonThese page proofs reached me in a roundabout way through Curtis Brown. I am returning them to you  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1960/03/07 TLSto MertonI don't know how WHAT IS MEDITATION will be received as a book, but from the comments received   
 1960/03/14 TLS[x]from MertonIt was a surprise for me to get the "Meaning of Love" back from Curtis Brown, all the more since I  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1960/03/30 TLSto MertonI am afraid that the galleys misled you. They sent me the manuscript of the POWER AND MEANING   
 1960/05/31 TLS[x]from MertonWe are now typing out the ms of "Liturgy and Spiritual Personalism" and I hope to get it off to you,  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1960/06/08 TLSto MertonYesterday I talked to Father William who came home for retreat about putting out your book,   
 1960/08/03 TLS[x]from MertonHow are you? I hope the summer course you gave was not too arduous and that the Sisters were not  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1960/08/17 TLS[x]from MertonAbout those dates. There is nothing special scheduled in the middle of September but Frank and Bob  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1960/09/01 TLS[x]from MertonI have gone and misplaced your temporary address so I hope this reaches you all right. According  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1960/09/19 TLS[x]from MertonToo bad you could not make it. However, it was just as well, as the other ones got sick for someYes [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1960/10/18 HLSto MertonIt never occurred to me that the Canadian would celebrate their Thanksgiving on a day other than  [writing from Ottawa, Canada]
 1960/11/27 HLSto MertonIs there anything doing during the weeks after Christmas. If so this would be the best time for me.   
 1960/12/10 HCS[x]from MertonForgive me for delaying to answer your letter of Nov 27. Father Abbot was away on a long trip  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1961/02/11 HLSto MertonI wrote to the head of the Liturgical Press about "Spiritual Direction and Meditation"   
 1961/03/06 TLS[x]from MertonIt is an awullong time, relatively, since your letter of February 11th. I wish I had been able  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 1961/12/no? TLSto MertonI could not get to sleep last night so I picked up the latest issue of Sponsa which had just came in   
 1962/02/01 HLSto MertonProbably you have not yet received the books on Metzger and the Una Sancta which I sent  [writing from Trier, Germany]
 1962/03/no transcriptfrom MertonI certainly envy you going to study under Kung at Tubingen. I am finishing his book now and it isYes [Cold War Letters #59 - transcript from bound set]
 1963/10/03 HLSto MertonI had thought that I would be finished with my work by now and be back at St. John's, but it will be  [written from Paderborn, Germany]
 1963/12/20 TAL[c]from MertonIt is always good to hear from you, though I get guilt feelings for letting so much time go by   
 undated/no/no HNS[x]from MertonHere are the extra pages that I promised to send. They fit in to Galley 2, after line 11.  [copied 2016 from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2]
 undated/no/no otherfrom MertonLITURGY AND SACRED ART [-] <u>Liturgy</u>: Definition: Liturgy may be defined as the worship   
        

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