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Merton's Correspondence with:

Illich, Ivan D., 1926-2002  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1964
Volume: 3 item(s); 9 pg(s)

Scope and Content

This collection contains two original, signed pieces from Ivan Illich, and a copy of a letter from Merton. Illich is inviting Merton to attend a meeting of clergy interested in addressing challenges posed by the Church in Central and South America, as well as the growing Latin American population in the United States. Illich spells out much of his ideas for the direction for the conference in a letter to Fr. Edward Burke with a copy sent to Merton. Merton expresses regret in not being able to attend, but expresses support for the project.


Born in Vienna in 1926, Ivan Illich was the co-founder of the Center for Intercultural Documentation (CIDOC) in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He has organized seminars on "Institutional Alternatives in a Technological Society" and trained priest in the culture of Latin America. (Source: The Ivan Illich Archive.)

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1964/03/05 TL to Burke, Edward, Fr.; cc: Merton I was indeed very happy when you yielded to my plea and agreed to assume some responsibility in the Bob Fox / meeting to concern recent Church history in U.S., responsibilities for priests, a program to meet responsibilities / influx of Spanish-speaking Catholics / July meeting at Cuernavaca, Mexico / smaller seminar on pastoral psychology «detailed view»
2. 1964/04/10 TLS to Merton Through Gregory Zilboorg and several other common friends we have heard a lot of each other but we Betsie Hollants / Fr. Edward Burke / Fr. Rene Voillaume / Bishop Helder Camara / meeting and retreat 1964/08/1-14 / ex-European Church / Vatican Council III «detailed view»
3. 1964/05/18 TL[x] from Merton Your very good letter of April 10th has been waiting for an answer and I want first of all to assure Church in Latin America / ex-European or sub-European Church / regrets in not being able to attend meeting «detailed view»

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