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Merton's Correspondence with:

Fr. Francis Mahieu Acharya; Francis Mahieu, Acharya, Fr. Francis Acharya, Dom Francis Acharya

Acharya, Francis Mahieu, Fr., O.S.C.O., 1911-2002  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1961
Volume: 3 item(s); 8 pg(s)

Scope and Content

This group of letters appears on six typed and mimeographed sheets entitled, "Lettres de Kurisumala". It is unclear to whom they are addressed. Kurisumala, literally meaning "cross mountain", is an area of southwestern India where there is a monastery, an ashram. It appears that one letter, the longest, is signed by a novice; another is signed C. Kuriakose; and the final one by Fr. Francis.


Fr. Francis Mahieu Acharya, a native of Belgium who later became a Cistercian monk there, came to India in 1955 and founded a monastery in 1958. He was a pioneer in a rebirth of Syriac monasticism and of blending it with Indian spiritual traditions, such as the Upanishads, and was later Acharya, or "teacher" (and abbot), of the Kurisumala Ashram. They became officially a part of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappists) in 1988 and follow the liturgy of the Syro-Malankara Church (a Catholic Church in communion with Roman Catholicism).

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Series List

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1961/12/30 (#01) transcript to Merton Nous avons confié la chronique de cette année à l'un de nos novices qui a reçu, depuis, l'habit de author listed as "fr. M. Francis" «detailed view»
2. 1961/12/30 (#02) transcript to Merton Mon séjour en votre ashram fût une découverte bien agréable. Pour la première fois je vis, réalisé, author listed as "(S) C. Kuriakose" «detailed view»
3. 1961/12/30 (#03) transcript to Merton En Inde, qu'on soit Hindou, musulman ou bouddhiste, la sainteté consiste essentiellement dans author listed as "(S) Un novice." «detailed view»

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