File 2142 - Handouts for Spiritual Direction and The Spiritual Life and Spiritual Direction courses

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CA ON00389 1-7-1-2142


Handouts for Spiritual Direction and The Spiritual Life and Spiritual Direction courses


  • May - August 1981 (Creation)

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4.7 cm of textual records

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File consists of a bound volume of typed and photocopied handouts for the final two courses taught by Nouwen. The table of contents lists 49 items. They are:

  • George A. Aschenbrenner's "Consciousness Examen"
  • William Barry's "The Experience of the 1st and 2nd Weeks of the Spiritual Exercises", "On Asking God to Reveal Himself in Retreat", "The Prior Experience of Spiritual Directors", Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Counseling", "Spiritual Direction: The Empirical Approach"and "The Practice of Supervision in Spiritual Direction" (written with Mary Guy)
  • Paul J. Bernadicou's "The Retreat Director in the Spiritual Exercises"
  • Sister Rita Mary Bradley's "Present Day Themes in the 14th Century English Mystics"
  • W.R. Callahan and F. Cardman's "The Wind is Rising: Prayer Ways for Active People"
  • Gregory Carlson's "Spiritual Direction and the Paschal Mystery"
  • Thomas E. Clarke's "The Ignation Exercises -- Contemplation & Discernment"
  • William J. Connolly's "Appealing to Strength in Spiritual Direction", "Disappointment in Prayer: Prelude to Growth", "Experiences of Darkness in Directed Retreats", "Freedom & Prayer in Directed Retreats", and "Story of the Pilgrim King and the Dynamics of Prayer"
  • Sr. Winifred Corrigan's "Initial Values in Spiritual Direction"
  • Sr. Carmen Mary S. De La Vega's "The Prayer of Quiet"
  • Thomas Dubay's "The Problematic of Discernment"
  • Harvey Egan's "Christian Apophatic and Kataphatic Mysticisms"
  • Edward J. Farrell's "The Journal -- A Way Into Prayer"
  • David Fleming's "Beginning Spiritual Direction"and "The Experience of God"
  • Quentin Hakenwerth's "Group Methods in Spiritual Direction"
  • Eugene Geromel's "Depth Psychotherapy and Spiritual Direction"
  • Richard P. Hardy's "Christian Mysticism: Some Ecclesial Dimensions"
  • Bernard Haring's "A Modern Approach to the Ascetical Life"
  • Gerald Keefe's "A Letter to a Person Beginning Spiritual Direction"
  • Thomas Kilduff's "Faith Experience: Prayer & Discernment"
  • Olivier LaCombe's "Direction Spirituelle"
  • George P. Leach's "Growing Freedom in the Spiritual Director"
  • Shaun McCarty's "On Entering Spiritual Direction"
  • Jean M. Ormerchea's "A Theoretical Approach to Spiritual Direction"
  • Kevin F. O'Shea's "Enigma and Tenderness", "Littleness and Kindness", and "The Thorn and the Rose"
  • William Peters' "Spiritual Direction and Prayer"
  • Judith Roener's "Discernment in the Director"
  • Sr. Patricia Ann Rogucki's "Journeying in a Spiritual Direction"
  • Robert Rossi's "The Distinction Between Psychological and Religious Counseling"
  • Sandra M. Schneiders' "The Contemporary Ministry of Spiritual Direction"
  • Michael Herbert Shadick's "Prayer as Spiritual Direction from Within"
  • "A Task Force on Social Consciousness & Ignatian Spirituality" (author unknown)
  • Douglas V. Steere's "Common Frontiers in Catholic and Non-Catholic Spirituality"
  • Ann Belford Ulanov's "What Do We Think People are Doing When They Pray?"
  • Adrian Van Kaam's "Dynamics of Spiritual Self-Direction"
  • Richard P. Vaughan's "Spiritual Counseling and Prayer"
  • William J. Walsh's "Reality Therapy and Spiritual Direction".

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Title based on contents of the file.
This volume, according the title page, was compiled and edited by Nouwen, Michael Zeman and Joseph Nunez.
The date estimate of this file is based on the when the bound volume was compiled.


Spiritual Direction (course code REL 812a) was offered during the fall semester of 1980 as a seminar and was held at the Mercy Center (Madison, CT). Meetings were held 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm. The class was limited to 13 students. Nouwen emphasized the importance of commitment and community amongst the members of this seminar. Students were required to have a spiritual director and were asked to submit regular reflection papers and a critical evaluation of the course at the end of the year. The required reading for this course included Kenneth Leech's "Soul Friend" and Thomas Merton's " Spiritual Direction and Meditation". The teaching assistant for this course was Mich Zeman.
The Spiritual Life and Spiritual Direction was a lecture course offered the following semester during the spring of 1981. The course had two sections, Wednesdays 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm and Thursdays 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm. The course had over 120 students registered and was held at the Dunbar United Church of Christ to accommodate the class size. Each class included lectures on the nature of spiritual life (historical, theological, psychological aspects) and the practice of the spiritual life (specific forms of prayer, spiritual guidance). The classes also included periods of solitude when students were expected to meditate, pray or journal, and small group meetings of seven or eight people. Nouwen also planned to have the class practice some of the disciplines together. Students were required to have perfect attendance, commitment to the small groups, weekly readings, and to write some reflection papers. Required reading also included Kenneth Leech's "True Prayer" and Anthony de Mello's " Sadhona- A Way of God". Nouwen stipulated that the course was strictly a credit/non-credit course (no grade given), and each student would receive a written evaluation of their work from Nouwen. Teaching assistants for this course were Joseph Nunez and Mich Zeman.

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