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Merton's Correspondence with:

Dom Damasus Winzen

Winzen, Damasus, Dom, O.S.B., 1901-1971  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1950-1968
Volume: 18 item(s); 37 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Merton was interested in Winzen's vision of monastic life.


Dom Damasus Winzen was a Benedictine monk of Maria Laach Abbey in Germany until the rise of Hitler. He moved to the United States and first writes to Merton while at Regina Laudis Abbey in Bethlehem, Connecticut, in 1950. In 1951, he founded Mount Saviour Monastery in Elmira, New York. The monastery was founded on principles of simplicity and equality without traditional divisions between choir monks and lay brothers, all sharing in the raising of sheep. (Source: The School of Charity, p. 18.)

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See also published letters from Merton to Winzen in The School of Charity, pp. 18-19 and 90-91.

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1950/03/17 TLS to Merton I received your most welcome postal the other day and asked my secretary to send you the two copies «detailed view»
2. 1950/04/no? transcript from Merton Thank you very much indeed for the two set of "Pathways" and above all for your kindness in sending [transferred from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2 - dated "Holy Week 1950"] «detailed view»
3. 1955/06/17 TALS to Merton I was very happy to receive your note; I always keep a fond memory of those precious hours we had «detailed view»
4. 1955/07/28 HLS to Merton Thank you very much for your letter of July 11, which I received five days ago and which I should «detailed view»
5. 1955/08/22 (#01) TLS[x] from Merton It is a long time since your last letter. Forgive me for not answering sooner. If you sent [transferred from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
6. 1955/08/22 (#02) HLS to Merton Thank you very much for your good letter of Aug. 22. I have good news about Fr. Bosco. [on small note cards within one envelope] «detailed view»
7. 1959/03/23 HLS to Merton Thank you so much for The Two Mothers about Two Problem-Children. We have invited the famous «detailed view»
8. 1964/08/25 (#01) TLS to Merton how often have I thought of writing to you! But this is the day. We had you on our diptychs this «detailed view»
9. 1964/08/25 (#02) other to Merton In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Our goal is to live a simple, «detailed view»
10. 1964/09/08 (#01) TL[c] from Merton It was most kind of you to write your letter of St Louis' Day and of course I was delighted to learn «detailed view»
11. 1964/09/08 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton It was most kind of you to write your letter of St Louis' Day and of course I was delighted to learn [transferred from Sub-Section H.7, Hart Working Files, Accession 2] «detailed view»
12. 1965/02/21 TL[c] from Merton By now you probably have a letter from our Bro Basil McMurray, and I have promised him that I would «detailed view»
13. 1966/08/26 TALS to Merton Time after time we receive signs of your kindness in the mimeograph editions of your essays. «detailed view»
14. 1966/08/31 TL[c] from Merton Many thanks for your good letter of the 26th which reached me this morning. I hasten to reply «detailed view»
15. 1968/04/14 HLS to Merton Br. David and I are planning to stop at Gethsemani on our way to St. Louis. We got to Louisville, «detailed view»
16. undated/no/no other[c] to Merton Relatio de vita eremitica et coenobitica [-] Saeculo XIX et initio saculi xx vita eremitica «detailed view»
17. undated/no/no HLS to Merton Dom Jean Leclercq has just visited us for too few days and has given us several refreshing, «detailed view»
18. undated/no/no HLS to Merton I would like to keep Haefften's Commentary a little longer, if you have no objections. How are you «detailed view»

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