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Chatham, Josiah G. (Josiah George), Rt. Rev. Msgr., 1914-1988

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Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1961-1963, 1971

Volume: 6 item(s); 7 pg(s)

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Msgr. Josiah George Chatham was a priest from Jackson, Mississippi, who had known Merton since their meeting at Gethsemani in 1940. They became friends and discussed Chatham's opposition to the war, his protests of nuclear weapons, and his support of Civil Rights in the South.

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See also Cold War Letters #13, published in Witness to Freedom, pp. 25-26.

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

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SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1961/12/no transcriptfrom MertonI think that in this awful issue of nuclear war there is involved much more than the dangerYes moral theologians sticking to "safe" positions instead of denouncing war - similar to German clergy and Catholic press support of Nazis - did not prevent Fr. Metzger and priests and religious killed at Dachau / Pope's strong language of peace / views of Russian Orthodox
 1962/05/28 TLS[x]from MertonFr Francis passed your letter along and I am glad we can look forward to seeing you in June.  on Chatham getting jailed for picketing the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Building in Berkeley in 1961 / superiors curtailing Merton's peace activities - completed <i>Peace in the Post-Christian Era</i> will not go to publication
 1963/06/27 HLSto MertonFor some reason I have been thinking of you and my other Trappist friends very often here lately.  "Program of Neighborhood Visitation" in progress at St. Richard's Parish in Jackson, Mississippi / article "Total Parish Apostolate" in publication <u>Worship</u> / outreach to the black community - featured in the next issue of <u>America</u> / series of sermons published in <u>Jubilee</u>
 1963/07/15 HLSto MertonWill you please let Father Francis read the enclosed? Rev. Thomas Tiller and his family are being   
 1965/03/no? HNSfrom MertonMany thanks for your fine "keynotes" on Religion and Race. I think of you often  [handwritten note from Merton to Chatham on the cover of a spiral bound mimeograph copy of "The Council and Monasticism" (22 pages) - the note has not date, but the mimeograph has a typed date of March 1965 - this copy transferred from file of mimeographs from Gethsemani]
 1971/02/08 TLS[x]to Center from Chatham, JosiahI have your recent communications concerning possible copies of letters that I may have  [see the "Fox, James" file, Series 29 for the original signed letter] 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

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