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Stanley, John, 1921-2016

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Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1967

Volume: 2 item(s); 3 pg(s)

Scope and Content

John Stanley took issue with Dorothy Day's support for Distributist philosophy and voluntary works of charity rather than a Communist economic model. A former admirer of Merton, he later thought that Merton's books were "little Birchite booklets wedged into the texts of even pious meditations."


John Stanley was a former novice at Gethsemani Abbey. He worked for a number of years with Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement. He was a friend of another ex-novice from Gethsemani and fellow Catholic Worker, Robert Steed.

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SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1967/04/19 TLSto MertonI have just finished reading your piece in the current number of THE CATHOLIC WORKER concerning   
 2016/12/no other[x]by Steed, RobertI first met John Stanley at a religious retreat at the Catholic Worker's Maryfarm outside Newburgh,  [copy of the obituary for John Stanley by Robert Steed in <u>The Catholic Worker</u> (December 2016)]

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