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Merton's Correspondence with:

Fr. Irenaeus Joseph Herscher; Fr. Irenaeus Herscher; Fr. Irenaeus J. Herscher

Herscher, Irenaeus Joseph, Fr., O.F.M., 1902-1981  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1952-1986, bulk 1952-1967
Volume: 18 item(s); 19 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Fr. Irenaeus Herscher was a Franciscan priest from St. Bonaventure College whom Merton knew from the library while teaching there. He is mentioned in The Seven Storey Mountain. Merton continued to request books from St. Bonaventure's library and to keep in contact with Herscher throughout his life at Gethsemani. (Source: The Road to Joy, p. 295.)

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See also published letters from Merton to Herscher in The Road to Joy, pp. 295-297; and see also the "Stone, Naomi Burton" file.

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1952/12/17 HCS[x] from Merton + Pray for us - and give my good wishes to all at St Bona's. [-] as ever, in Jesus [-] fr M. Louis [verso: Madonna and child mosaic - "Original design by a Trappist Monk" - interior of card has quote from St. Bernard of Clairvaux and also the text "This Christmas and all thru the year... All for Jesus- thru Mary- with a Smile! [-] Rev. Father Abbot and Community"] «detailed view»
2. 1958/02/12 TLS[x] from Merton How are you? I hope you aren't all down with colds up there. Here the infirmary is full and people «detailed view»
3. 1958/05/04 TALS[x] from Merton Many thanks for the Early History of St Bona's ("The First Bonaventure Men" which I was surprised «detailed view»
4. 1958/12/23 TC[x] from Merton Greetings at Christmas 1958 [-] Fr. Louis Merton and the Novices [printed message only, not signed - contains copy of Merton's handwriting on the envelope] «detailed view»
5. 1964/08/24 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Well, it certainly was a pleasure to see you again, as young as ever after all these years. «detailed view»
6. 1964/08/24 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Well, it certainly was a pleasure to see you again, as young as ever after all these years. «detailed view»
7. 1965/06/21 TLS to Merton A belated but sincere thank you for the four articles you sent me about a month ago. God has indeed «detailed view»
8. 1965/08/06 TLS to Merton May I first of all wish you a Happy Birthday. May you have many more of them as a happy reminder «detailed view»
9. 1965/08/09 TLS[x] from Merton Many thanks for your kind letter. The open letter on Schema 13 was originally sent to the «detailed view»
10. 1965/09/07 TLS[x] from Merton I should have written you some time ago about the article on Schema 13. Actually Jubilee did not «detailed view»
11. 1966/01/01 HLS[x] from Merton Happy and holy New Year to you! I am happily established in a hermitage in the woods near the Abbey «detailed view»
12. 1966/01/10 TLS to Merton Into your happy solitude may I send sincere greetings for a Happy and Holy New Year from St. Bona's «detailed view»
13. 1966/07/25? TLS to Merton Not wishing to intrude into your peaceful hermitage, I nevertheless would like to Thank You for [Feast of St. Anne] «detailed view»
14. 1966/12/15 (#01) HLS[x] from Merton Here are some materials - by way of a Christmas greeting to Bona's and to you. A happy trip to Rome «detailed view»
15. 1966/12/15 (#02) TALS[x]  from Merton to Friends Even with the aid of mimeograph it is not possible to adequately take care of everybody, acknowledge [labeled "CHRISMertonAS - NEW YEAR LETTER 1966 - 1967"] «detailed view»
16. 1967/04/18 TLS to Merton A note of sincere appreciation for your thoughtfulness in sending me copies of your more recent «detailed view»
17. 1967/12/20? TLS[x]  from Merton to Friends This year has gone by fast, and not without sorrows. Besides the death of Victor Hammer last summer [labeled "ADVENT-CHRISMertonAS 1967"] «detailed view»
18. 1986/07/28 TALS to Center from Wallace, Malcom V. T. Thank you for your letter of 17 July. It is a pleasure to inclose [sic] xerox copies of the Merton «detailed view»

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