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Merton's Correspondence with:

Fr. Francis Derivaux; Fr. Don Derivaux; Derivaux, Don, Fr.

Derivaux, Don, Fr. (also Fr. Francis Derivaux, O.C.S.O.)  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1965, 1968
Volume: 3 item(s); 4 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Fr. Don Derivaux, known in his 18 years at Gethsemani as Francis, had later left the Trappists to become a priest in Mississippi. In 1965, while still with Gethsemani and studying in Rome, Merton writes and tells him of events at the abbey and of racial tensions in the south. Though he considers becoming laicized in his letter of 1968 to Merton, he remained a priest and has recently retired as a hermit.

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Related Information and Links

See published letters from Merton to Derivaux in The School of Charity, pp. 278-279 and 370-371 (published as "Father D.").

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. 1965/04/26 TL[c] from Merton Peace and joy in the Risen Saviour. I enjoyed your recent letter read in the refectory and wanted «detailed view»
2. 1968/03/10 TLS to Merton You may be surprised to hear from me, but I thought I'd drop you a line to say how I am doing. «detailed view»
3. 1968/03/14 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your letter. I want to answer it promptly because otherwise I may not get around to it. «detailed view»

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