Brother Patrick Hart, O.S.C.O, died (Feb. 21) and was buried last week. Brother Patrick was appointed Merton's secretary just before he died, and guided the publications and voluminous correspondence surrounding Merton's work in the 50 years following his death.
Brother Patrick is said to have been a very kind man who did not engage in gossip.
From an article in the Angelus - https://angelusnews.com/news/robert-inchausti/remembering-brother-patrick-hart-the-monk-who-saw-all-sides-of-thomas-merton -
In the sometimes topsy-turvy world of theological controversies and Merton scholarship, Brother Patrick Hart was a rock of clarity, compassion, and common sense — protecting Merton’s writings and the integrity of contemplative Catholicism from the would-be usurpers, slanderers, and uninformed. His was the delicate vocation of a literary apostle and humble monk. May he rest in peaceThank you, Brother Patrick.