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Henri Nouwen fonds Vanier, Jean
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Photograph of Jean Vanier and Père André de Jaer

Item consists of one photograph of Jean Vanier talking to Père André de Jaer, a Jesuit priest from Belgium. De Jaer is smiling up at Vanier. Vanier, seen from his left side, is leaning over towards the man, with a hand extended. He is wearing a black jacket.

Letters from L'Arche

File consists of letters, including four photo cards, and articles from members of the L'Arche community of Trosly-Breuil (also called La Ferme) in France, including official correspondence from Jean Vanier and letters from Thérèse Monique, Barbara, Agnes, Simone Landrien and Larry Gray. Also includes the original draft of a letter written by Nouwen to his students at Boston College explaining his reasons for joining the L'Arche community, and a letter from Therese [Cecury?] giving Nouwen the address to her parents Paul and Marie Peeters in France (it has been annotated "file: Trosly").

Letters from L'Arche

File consists of letters from members of the L'Arche community, including:
-Jean Vanier writing from Antigonish (NS)
-Simone Landrien, Thérèse-Monique [Alibert], Jean, Barbara and Odile (last names unknown) from L'Arche Trosly Breuil, as well as a letter from Irene (last name unknown) writing from England about her experience at Trosly-Breuil
-Jim (last name unknown) from L'Arche à Paris
-Mirelle (last name unknown) from L'Arche La Ferme.
-Kate (last name unknown) from L'Arche An Croí in Wliton Lawn, Co. Cork, Ireland
-Anne Cortez and Kathy (last name unknown) from L'Arche Erie (PA)
-Mary Egan from L'Arche Carrefour in Haiti
-Brian Halferty from L'Arche Frontenac [now L'Arche Arnprior]
-Cathy (last name unknown) of "New House" (L'Arche Daybreak?)
-Gaby (last name unknown), welcoming Nouwen to the Family of L'Arche
-a list of the board of directors of Friends of L'Arche.
and official correspondence from Claire de Miribel on behalf of L'Arche Internationale. The majority of these letters contain annotations "file: L'Arche" or a simple "F" or "A".

Photograph of Jean Vanier and Mother Teresa

Item consists of a framed black and white photograph of Jean Vanier, Mother Teresa, and an unidentified nun (wearing the same striped habit as Mother Teresa). The two women are smiling, and Jean Vanier appears to be laughing. The group is walking outside.

Material from Jean Vanier

File consists of a letter from Jean Vanier, including a very long typed letter from Nouwen endorsing Vanier's nomination for the Templeton Prize, Teresa de Bertodano's nomination and Vanier's typescript "The Healing Community".

Photograph of Jean Vanier

Item consists of one photograph of Jean Vanier. He is looking to his right with his hands in his pockets and appears to be talking. He is standing outside amidst a pile of scrap wood. He is wearing a beige scarf and black jacket over a sweater and collared shirt.

Photograph of Jean Vanier

Item consists of one photograph of Jean Vanier. He is standing outside in front of a window and is smiling at the camera. He is wearing a beige scarf and black jacket over a sweater and collared shirt.

Photograph of Nouwen and Jean Vanier

Item consists of a photograph of Nouwen standing in a classroom with his hand on Jean Vanier's shoulder after introduction of Vanier to his Christian Spirituality students at Harvard Divinity School.

Letters from Jean Vanier

File consists of letters from Jean Vanier, writing from Trosly-Breuil, France, and a typed letter from Nouwen.

Photograph of Jean Vanier

Item consists of one photograph of Jean Vanier. He is looking to his left and smiling. He is standing outside in front of a stone building. He is wearing a beige scarf and black jacket over a sweater and collared shirt.

Letters from L'Arche

File consists of letters and newsletters from various members of the L'Arche community, including:
-official letters from Jean Vanier,

  • Sr. Claire Marie de Jesus (Rolf), Renate Craine, Simone Landrien, Thérèse Monique, of L'Arche Trosly-Breuil, France;
    -Mary Egan of L'Arche Carrecoeur in Haiti;
    -Tim K. Hollis of L'Arche England;
    -Jaziane Gueusquin of L'Arche Cuise la Motte, France;
    -Dorothy (last name unknown) of Asha Niketan in Madras, India;
    -Irene (last name unknown) writing from Kalittalai, India (previously of L'Arche Daybreak);
    -Andrei (spelling unclear) writing from the Jesuit Communaute of Wépion-Namur in Belgium;
    -The Dietz family of Augsburg, Germany;
    -Jim and Julie B? (last name unclear) writing from France;
  • Bright Dove, Christine, George, Linda, Paguita(last names unknown) of unknown affiliation;
    and,
    -a copy of quarterly newsletter "Letters of L'Arche" (no. 57, March 1987).

Letters from Jean Vanier

File consists of letters from Jean Vanier, some asking permission to use quotes from Nouwen's writing for his own publication. Also contains handwritten letter draft by Nouwen to Vanier.

Letters from Jean Vanier

File consists of letters from Jean Vanier, including a typed article "The Youth of Today: an urgent Appeal to the Church", the pamphlets "Jeunes d'aujourd'hui: un pressant appel a l'Eglise", "Our Inner Journey", and copies of the articles "A Home for the Crushed and Lonely" and "The Families of Jean Vanier". One letter includes a note from Barbara of L'Arche Trosly-Breuil.