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Merton's Correspondence with:

Fr. Julian Rochford; Fr. Julian Rochford; Rochford, Julian, Fr.; Paul Rochford; Rochford, Paul

Rochford, Julian, Fr., O.S.B., 1923-1993  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1968
Volume: 2 item(s); 3 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Fr. Julian Rochford (born Paul Rochford) was a Benedictine priest of Ampleforth Abbey in York, England. He was interested in the action-contemplation dynamic and in aggiornamento, monastic reform. He spent much of his time teaching at Ampleforth College, but also spent time in inner-city ministry. He died at 70 having collided with a car on his motorcycle on his way to preparing some children for their First Holy Communion. (Source: Price, Justin. "Obituary - Fr Julian Rochford 1993." Ampleforth Abbey Information from the Library and Archives [online]. Accessed 23 Feb. 2006. ‹›.)

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Related Information and Links

See also one published letter from Merton to Rochford in The School of Charity, pp. 364-365.

Series List

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

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1968/01/23 TALS to Merton I was interested to read your article "Openness and Cloister" In [sic] Cistercian Studies especially «detailed view»
2. 1968/02/01 TL[c] from Merton I think your letter reflects a very sound and reasonable working out of the action-contemplation «detailed view»

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