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Waddell, Chrysogonus, Fr., O.C.S.O.

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1962-1964

Volume: 7 item(s); 14 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Merton asks Fr. Chrysogonus to obtain some books for him in Rome. However, Merton also is interested in news from monks in Rome about the proceedings of the Second Vatican Council. In addition, they discuss the future of the eremitical life in cenobitic monastic orders, the state of some monasteries in Europe, and a trip by Waddell to St. Antonin, the area of southern France where Merton was born.


Fr. Chrysogonus Waddell is a Trappist monk of Gethsemani Abbey who was studying in Rome at the time of this correspondence.

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See also published letters from Merton to Waddell in The School of Charity, pp. 185-186 and 191-193.

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Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

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SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1962/11/27 TAL[c]from MertonIn the midst of the strange silence which has descended upon you, (maybe you are terribly busy)   
 1963/01/26 TAL[c]from MertonThanks very much indeed for going down to Herder for the books: I hope they will be comingYes [misdated in published correspondence as 1963/11/26]
 1963/12/23 TLSto MertonGaudium Xti! Just a few lines to let you know that the two books you wrote about several weeks ago   
 1964/01/04 TAL[c]from MertonThanks for your very good letter and for ordering the books, which have not yet come: but it takesYes  
 1964/10/01 TALSto MertonThe Nicholas of Cusa tome I've been trying without success to locate for you must have had   
 1964/11/23 TL[c]from MertonYour feast is tomorrow so I can hardly expect to reach you with this note by then. But anyway my   
 undated/no/no TNSfrom MertonThanks for letting me see P. Armand's paper. As for me I think I will be writing precious little  [regarding a paper on the liturgy by a Fr. Armand]

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