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Dom Wilfred Upson, Abbot Wilfred Upson, John Henry Neil Upson

Upson, Wilfred, Dom, O.S.B., 1880-1963  printer


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Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1957
Volume: 1 item(s); 1 pg(s)

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Dom Wilfred Upson (born John Henry Neil Upson) was, at the time of writing to Dom James Fox, Abbot of Prinknash Abbey (Our Lady and St. Peter at Prinknash), a Benedictine monastery in Gloucestershire, England. Upson first entered monastic life as an Anglican with the community of monks led by Aelred Carlyle on Caldey Island. After a conflict with the Church of England, the community converted en masse to Catholicism. Caldey Island was later sold to Cistercian monks in 1928, and the community moved to Gloucestershire. Upson was elected first abbot in 1937 and served in that position until 1961. Merton would be in contact with another Anglican-convert who would become Catholic at Prinknash, Bede Griffiths (Merton and Griffiths having been in contact during Griffith's later years at his monastery in India). (Source: "A Monk and His Movies." 23 October 2013. Accessed 5 August 2020. ‹›.)

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1. 1957/12/14 TALS to Fox, James I thank you very much for your kind reply to my letter of Novr 26th and for retuning George George Grassby / Merton's book The Silent Life - "The monks were struck by the generosity of the author when he writes about contemplatives other than your own Cistercians." «detailed view»

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