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Merton's Correspondence with:

Fr. Matthew Kelty

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


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1967-1968, 1978
Volume: 7 item(s); 18 pg(s)

Scope and Content


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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1. 1967/09/28 TL[c] from Merton Memo: to Fr Matthew. [-] Re: Disposal of mss in case of death. [-] 1- All material in two bottom «detailed view»
2. 1967/10/03 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for the reminder about the tapes that are here. There must be a big pile of them. «detailed view»
3. 1968/07/28 TNS to Merton Couldn't you have MONASTIC PEACE reprinted just as it is, merely inserting a new set of photos «detailed view»
4. 1969/02/no other by Kelty, Matthew These 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.] «detailed view»
5. 1978/03/no TLS[x] to Friends If a man gets a notion to go off to some south sea island to live alone for God, I suppose one could «detailed view»
6. undated/no/no TNS to Merton This is a bit too big for me. I mean he is all over the lot. Reminds me of Father Gerard Majella!! «detailed view»
7. undated/no/no TNS to Merton What about your talks on tape? Have you included them in this arranging of your affairs? «detailed view»

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