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Merton's Correspondence with:

Fr. Bernard Sylvanus de Aguiar; Fr. B. Sylvanus de Aguiar; Bernard S. de Aguiar; Bernard de Aguiar

de Aguiar, Bernard Sylvanus, Fr., O.C.S.O., 1926-  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1961-1966, 1988
Volume: 8 item(s); 11 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Bernard de Aguiar was born in New Jersey in 1926. First a Benedictine, he transferred to Gethsemani and became a Trappist in 1951 where he took the name Sylvanus. After 11 years at the Abbey, he was ordained a priest. Soon after, in 1962, he obtained permission to live an eremitical life away from Gethsemani with Dom Jacques Winandy in Martinique. In 1969, he moved to Hornby Island (between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island) and started a pottery studio called Earthen Vessels. He was laicized in 1974.

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See also a reference to him in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, pp. 197-198.

Series List

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Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
 y/m/dMerton Scan ✉ 
1. 1961/08/26 HLS[x] from Merton God is certainly with you. It is good and I am very happy. Write to Fr PP. very concisely, dearly, «detailed view»
2. 1961/10/no? HLS[x] from Merton Sorry I haven't replied sooner. The letter from P.P. was to be expected. That was as far as I got «detailed view»
3. 1962/03/no? HLS[x] from Merton I hope everything works out soon as you desire. If Rev Father broke off the deal with Wygal it was «detailed view»
4. 1964/12/no? (#01) TALS to Merton It has been almost two years since I last wrote you. Many events have taken place since then. «detailed view»
5. 1964/12/no? (#02) other   PROPOSAL FOR THE FOUNDING OF A COLONY OF HERMITS [-] Our desire is above all «detailed view»
6. 1965/10/05 HLS to Merton It's been a long time since I have written to you. I heard you are at last staying at your «detailed view»
7. 1966/05/21 HLS[x] from Merton It was good to get your note - maybe you are smart to return to the West Indies, but «detailed view»
8. 1988/09/26 HLS to Center from De Aguiar, Bernard I thought you might want these photostats of notes written by Fr Louis to me while I was «detailed view»

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