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Merton's Correspondence with:

Fr. Philip Solem; Fr. Philip M. Solem

Solem, Philip M., Fr., 1940-  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1968
Volume: 4 item(s); 5 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Fr. Philip M. Solem wrote Merton a note while visiting the Abbey of Gethsemani and asks if Merton would meet with him. It seems he met with Merton on March 14, 1968 (Merton's published journals list the name as indecipherable, but the date and other details match). Solem was against the Vietnam War. He wrote a pamphlet he distributed to Duluth High School Senior boys in which he urged them to resist the draft and not to participate in the war.


Fr. Philip M. Solem was assistant pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Parish in Duluth, Minnesota. He was 28 at this time.

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Related Information and Links

See also an entry from Merton's journal about meeting Fr. Solem from March 15, 1968, in The Other Side of the Mountain, p. 67.

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. 1968/03/12 (#01) HLS to Merton I wrote you a letter a few days ago asking if it would be possible to talk with you while I am here «detailed view»
2. 1968/03/12 (#02) HANS  from Br. Benedict to Merton Here's all I know about this: the priest is a classmate of Br. Charles (from Utah). «detailed view»
3. undated/no/no other to Merton Priest Ready for Legal Action [-] BY SHARON GOLDSWORTHY [-] Of The News-Tribune [newspaper clipping from the Duluth News Tribune, date unknown, entitled "Priest Ready for Legal Action" - concerns Fr. Philip Solem's distribution of an anti-war pamphlet to 800 high school senior boys in Duluth - the action was being reviewed by the office of the United States Attorney General] «detailed view»
4. undated/no/no other to Merton 'TO A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR' [-] (EDITOR'S NOTE: Many people are commenting on [newspaper clipping from the Duluth News Tribune, date unknown, with the full text of Solem's anti-war pamphlet for high school seniors] «detailed view»

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