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Merton's Correspondence with:

Sr. Marialein Lorenz

Lorenz, Marialein, Sr., O.P.  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1949-1953, 1969, 2002
Volume: 20 item(s); 24 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Sr. Marialein Lorenz was a Sinsinawa Dominican sister and teacher. She first writes from Mobile, Alabama, and later from Anaconda, Montana. While in Mobile during the 1940's and 1950's, she taught at an exclusively African-American high school. Merton and her students exchanged letters, and the students send Merton an amice, corporal, purificator and finger towel for his ordination. (Source: The Road to Joy, p. 314.)

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Related Information and Links

See also one published letter from Merton to Lorenz and one letter to Lorenz's class in The Road to Joy, pp. 314-317; and see also the "Bennett, Gloria Sylvester" file.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
 y/m/dMerton Scan ✉ 
1. 1949/04/no? HNS[x] from Merton Thanks for your fine letter - I had it all and it made me v. happy, especially all you said [Lorenz paper inventory #01] «detailed view»
2. 1949/05/27 HNS[x] from Merton I used the amice, corporal, purificator and finger towel at Mass (1st) today - Prayed for you all. [Lorenz paper inventory #04c] «detailed view»
3. 1949/05/no? (#01) HNS[x] from Merton Plenty of pictures already - but many thanks for your generous offer - I liked your letter and all [Lorenz paper inventory #02] «detailed view»
4. 1949/05/no? (#02) HNS[x] from Merton This is from a poem in Figures for an Apocalypse, or rather from "The Victory" [Lorenz paper inventory #03] «detailed view»
5. 1949/06/02 (#01) HNS[x] from Merton I hope this letter isn't too late to reach all the kids. I didn't have a moment [Lorenz paper inventory #04b] «detailed view»
6. 1949/06/02 (#02) TLS[x]  from Merton to Marialein Lorenz's class I can see where I owe you people a letter. You have written me letters and Sister [Lorenz paper inventory #04a] ordination gifts / vocational guidance / the ills of the world / those without food / root of happiness / the poor / China «detailed view»
7. 1949/07/no? HNS[x] from Merton Sister Marialein you are a wonderful letter writer. And you have access to one of the most [Lorenz paper inventory #05] «detailed view»
8. 1950/01/07 HNS[x] from Merton As usual I can't do justice to your generosity as correspondent but God bless you for your letters [Lorenz paper inventory #06b] «detailed view»
9. 1950/07/no? HNS[x] from Merton No! I'm not mad but I just can't write letters - except [Lorenz paper inventory #07] «detailed view»
10. 1950/10/03 TLS[x] from Thomas, Fr., O.C.S.O. Father Louis is extremely busy and so he gave me your letter to answer. I hope I won't make too bad [Lorenz paper inventory #08] «detailed view»
11. 1950/12/no? TLS[x] from Merton Thanks for the poster! It is very good to hear from you again after so long. The Sign of Jonas [Lorenz paper inventory #09] «detailed view»
12. 1951/12/04? TNS[x] from Merton St Benet show--I wanted to hear about it from a detached observer. I did. The business [Lorenz paper inventory #10? - beginning seems to be cut off] «detailed view»
13. 1951/12/15? HLS[x] from Merton How you get around! I am losing all my friends by sending them this card - which caused [Lorenz paper inventory #11] «detailed view»
14. 1952/12/29 TALS[x] from Merton Many thanks for your note way back in August. I am glad to know that you keep me in your prayers [Lorenz paper inventory #12] «detailed view»
15. 1953/02/26 TC[x] from Gethsemani Abbey Father Louis has received your letter, and would like to write back himself, but since it is Lent, [Lorenz paper inventory #13] «detailed view»
16. 1969/04/21 TLS[x]  from Lawrence, Br., O.C.S.O. / to Lorenze, Marialein Under separate cover I am sending duplicate copies of four mimeo talks of Fr. Merton from his Asian [Lorenz paper inventory #14] «detailed view»
17. 2002/02/27 email to Center from Belcastro, David I will be sending a copy of the Merton letter that I promised with a related article. It is address letter sent was a duplicate copy of an existing letter in our collection (1949/06/02) «detailed view»
18. undated/no/no HLS[x] to Center from Lorenz, Marialein From: Sister Marialein Lorenz, O.P. St. Clara Convent [-] Enclosed, are: (You may wish to copy «detailed view»
19. undated/no/no HLS[x] to Merton Please return this original to me, after reading it. I have Eng I & III, library study, «detailed view»
20. undated/no/no other   Thomas Merton's Correspondence, to S. Marialein Lorenz, O.P. [Lorenz paper inventory of her letters from Merton] «detailed view»

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