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Kelty, Matthew, Fr., O.C.S.O., 1915-2011

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1967-1968, 1978

Volume: 7 item(s); 18 pg(s)

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Fr. Matthew Kelty was a Trappist monk of Gethsemani Abbey. He was a former missionary priest in Papua New Guinea before joining Gethsemani. He was later able to return to New Guinea as a monk. Merton chose Kelty as his confessor. Among Kelty's published books include collections of talks and sermons he delivered to Gethsemani guests after the monks prayed compline.

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SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1967/09/28 TL[c]from MertonMemo: to Fr Matthew. [-] Re: Disposal of mss in case of death. [-] 1- All material in two bottom   
 1967/10/03 TL[c]from MertonThanks for the reminder about the tapes that are here. There must be a big pile of them.   
 1968/07/28 TNSto MertonCouldn't you have MONASTIC PEACE reprinted just as it is, merely inserting a new set of photos   
 1969/02/no otherby Kelty, MatthewThese comments are some personal reflections on a monk who lived among us and does so no longer,  [mimeograph, copy held and signed by James Forest, of "Some Reminiscences of Thomas Merton" by Fr. Matthew Kelty, O.C.S.O.]
 1978/03/no TLS[x]to FriendsIf a man gets a notion to go off to some south sea island to live alone for God, I suppose one could   
 undated/no/no TNSto MertonThis is a bit too big for me. I mean he is all over the lot. Reminds me of Father Gerard Majella!!   
 undated/no/no TNSto MertonWhat about your talks on tape? Have you included them in this arranging of your affairs?   

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