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Sewell, Brocard, Fr., O. Carm., b. 1912

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Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1963, 1965

Volume: 3 item(s); 3 pg(s)

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Fr. Brocard Sewell (baptized Michael Sewell - Brocard being his religious name) was a Carmelite friar and editor of The Aylesford Review at his home at Aylesford Priory in Kent, England. Though born into an Anglican family, his father was involved in the Oxford Movement and Sewell became a Catholic while still a youth. Throughout his life, he maintained an interest in Anglican-Catholic dialogue. While a young man, he became involved with G. K. Chesterton's distributist movement and G. K.'s Weekly. Similar to Merton and the Franciscans, Sewell was rejected from the Dominicans. Also like Merton, he attempted joining a contemplative order. His first attempt to enter the Carmelites failed in 1937. Though he was a pacifist, or essentially so, he served as a map specialist during the Second World War for the British. In 1952, he applied for entry with the Carmelites at Aylesford and was, this time, allowed to join. It is from Aylesford that Sewell writes Merton. Merton contributed to The Aylesford Review. Sewell would later live in various other Carmelite monasteries. (Source: McGreal, Wilfred. "Obituary of Fr. Brocard Sewell, 0.Carm." Website of the British Province of Carmelites. Accessed 2006 April 24. ‹›.)

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SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1963/10/28 HLSto MertonI've been away for some weeks - hence delay in writing to acknowledge and thank you for your kind   
 1965/06/20 TL[c]from MertonFor a long time I have wanted to do something to help out the review. You are doing such a good job   
 1965/07/14 TLSto MertonFirst I must apologise [sic] for not writing much sooner to thank you, and the Father Abbot,   

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