|Birth: ||Nov. 25, 1915|
|Death: ||Feb. 18, 2011|
One of the community's most prominent members, who touched many retreatants over the years with his compline talks, and many more people around the world with his writings, Fr. Matthew was a proud Bostonian with the accent to prove it. He was born there on November 25, 1915.
As a young man, he felt the call to be a missionary and joined the Society of the Divine Word. He was ordained to the Priesthood on August 15, 1946, and the following year was sent as a missionary to New Guinea. He later worked on a magazine for the SVD. Kelty entered the Abbey of Gethsemani on February 26, 1960, was dispensed from simple profession, and took his final vows on June 24, 1962.
In 1970, he was sent to a small, experimental monastery near Oxford, North Carolina. When that was finished, he wished to explore a life of solitude, and received permission in 1973, to live in a hermitage in New Guinea, a place and whose people he loved. He returned to Gethsemani in 1982.
Fr. Matthew's books include, "My Song is of Mercy", "Gethsemani Homilies", "Call of the Wild Geese", "Sermons in a Monastery", and "Singing for the Kingdom". He is also the subject of a documentary made by Morgan Atkinson, "The Poetry of a Soul".
Lucid and interested up to the last, Father Matthew spent the morning of his death talking with community members who dropped in to see him. He passed away during a nap, near noon, on Friday, February 18, 2011, aged 95.
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Record added: Jun 07, 2011
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