August 24, 2011 — Thomas Merton is usually thought of as a liberal or progressive Catholic, which in many respects he was: he certainly tilted left politically, on civil rights and Vietnam; he wanted to explore new modes of monastic life, putting the Western monastic tradition in conversation with Eastern religions; he chafed under authority throughout his Trappist life; he had a strong sense of self, the 20th-century equivalent of what the Reformation controversialists called “private judgment.” I’ve no ideas what Merton’s liturgical practices were, but it’s not easy to imagine him a rubrical traditionalist... [read more]
Letters to Editor:
Historian-author seeking photos, information
It’s I am in the final stages of preparing a comprehensive book about Denver’s celebrated “Angel of Charity” and “Apostle of the Sacred Heart,” Julia Greeley (d.1918), who has often been recalled in Denver Catholic Register articles.
I am searching for photographs of and/or basic biographical information about a number of people, perhaps your relatives or acquaintances, who in years past were involved in various facets of Julia’s remarkable story.
These friends of Julia were: Mildred Connell Arkins, Theodora O’Donnell Arnold, Eleanor Pavella Castellan, Dan Cronin, Dr. Martin Currigan, John H. Dalrymple, Agnes Hines Erger, Rose Stetter Fisher, Mrs. H.E. Gallagher, Wilma Gerspach, Helen Hyland Griffin, Agnes Day Grosheider, John F. Healey Jr., Rose Ann Honeyman, Judge Neil Horan, William P. Horan (mortician), Mrs. Michael Howard, Lucile Hagus Imherr, Ellen Madden (Mrs. Thomas) Lee, Carrie Lindblad, John McNulty, Madelyn Nicholds (1939 Loretto Heights grad), Helen Noonan R.N., Terence Owens, Frank Reynolds, Jennie J. Ryan, Marjorie Urquhart Simpson, Marguerite Graves Stephens, George Hill Urquhart, Agnes Rooney Urquhart, Agnes Gaveghan (Mrs. Joseph) Walsh, Eva Walsh and Francis O. Worland.
If any Register readers can help me, I would be most grateful.
Father Blaine Burkey, O.F.M. Cap.