This interesting tidbit came via an email from Jim Forest:
An interesting detail about Merton's trip to Asia in 1968 is that he carried with him a number of relics of various saints. Thanks to Paul Pearson I have this list:
St. Thomas of Canterbury
St. Teresa of Jesus
St. Peter Damian
St. Nicholas of Flue
Paul writes: "Over the years a number of them were sent to him by Sr. Therese Lentfoehr, though the one of St. Charbel came from Sr. Mary Luke Tobin. (In a letter to Therese – Dec. ’65 – Merton mentions that he buried a second class relic of Charbel in the foundations of the hermitage when it was being built!)"
HT: Jim Forest and Paul Pearson