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Merton's Correspondence with:

Dom Willibrord van Dijk; Dom Willibrord Chr. van Dijk; Dom Willibrord Christian van Dijk

Dijk, Willibrord Chr. van, Dom, O.C.S.O., 1903-1989  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1964-1968, 1973
Volume: 9 item(s); 13 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Dom Willibrord-Christian van Dijk was abbot of the Trappist Abbey of Tilburg in the Netherlands from 1945-1966, during which time he founded the monastery at Rawa Seneng in Indonesia, first visiting in 1952. He returned to Indonesia as superior from 1966-1968, when he had to resign due to an eye disease. He later moved to the Maria Frieden Abbey to live with the Trappistine sisters there in Germany. He regretted having to leave for Germany before Merton could have made it to see him in Asia.

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See one published letter from Merton to Dom Willibrord van Dijk in The School of Charity, pp. 367-368; see also "Leclercq, Jean, Abbot, O.S.B." file.

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. 1964/10/27 TALS to Merton At the request of the Fathers Norbert and George of Dival I send you herewith a report made «detailed view»
2. 1964/11/15 (#01) TLS from Merton It was a great pleasure to receive your letter, as also the report and the notes of Fr Schillebeeckx [xerox also filed in "Fox, James" Series 29] «detailed view»
3. 1964/11/15 (#02) TL[c] from Merton It was a great pleasure to receive your letter, as also the report and the notes of Fr Schillebeeckx [moved from "Trappist-Cistercian Abbot" file March 2018] «detailed view»
4. 1967/02/04 TLS to Merton Many thanks for "les quelques pages" that you sent to me. They are very interesting, and in making «detailed view»
5. 1968/02/24 TL[c] from Merton Several months ago I received a warm and excellent letter from you, and ever since then I have been «detailed view»
6. 1968/07/09 TL[c] from Merton I have been meaning for a long time to write to you and tell you how distressed I was to hear «detailed view»
7. 1968/07/09 TL[x]  from Merton to Abbot of Rawaseneng In my last letter to you, accepting your invitation to come to Rawa Seneng to give the retreat this [likely addressed to Dom Willibrord van Dijk, but answered by Hardjawijata - see "Hardjawijata, Franciscus" file for Merton's carbon copy] «detailed view»
8. 1968/08/12 TLS to Merton Your kind letter of July 7 was forwarded to Maria Frieder, where I live for the time being. «detailed view»
9. 1973/07/28 TLS to Center from Dijk, Willibrord van On August 7, 1972, you wrote to me for the second time, hoping to receive some letters of the late «detailed view»

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