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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Henri Nouwen fonds
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Henri Nouwen fonds

  • CA ON00389 F4
  • Fonds
  • 1910 - 1997, 1964 - 1996 predominant

Fonds consists of 15 series:

  1. Manuscripts
  2. General files
  3. Calendar files
  4. Personal records
  5. Publisher files
  6. Financial files
  7. Teaching materials
  8. Nouwen’s education records and study notes
  9. Published works
  10. Video recordings of Nouwen
  11. Sound recordings
  12. Collected materials
  13. L'Arche Daybreak administrative files
  14. Ephemera and artifacts
  15. Photographs

Nouwen, Henri J.M.

Unknown workshop on power

Item consists of one set of workshop notes in Nouwen's hand on the issue of power. There are ten sheets of notes in the set.

Geresrveered sign

Item consists of a 'reserved' sign with Henri Nouwen's name in black ink for an unknown event.

Wainwright House Fall 1994 program

Item consists of the Fall 1994 program for Wainwright House (Rye, NY), highlighting Nouwen's lecture on "Prayer and Ministry" and the event "A Thanksgiving Offering: Communal Dinner with Henri Nouwen for the Benefit of Daybreak, the L'Arche Community in Toronto," both in November.

Thirteenth Annual Connecticut Ecumenical Forum pamphlet

Item consists of one pamphlet for the Thirteenth Annual Connecticut Ecumenical Forum (West Hartford, CT) in which Nouwen was the John F. Whealon Memorial Lecturer, presenting two lectures on "Power, Powerlessness and Power: L'Arche Community" and "Three Disciplines of Spiritual Life: Solitude, Community and Ministry."

Christian Counselling Services card

Item consists of a card of thanks given to Nouwen for his participation in the 25th anniversary celebration for the Christian Counselling Services (Toronto).

Living Reminder Retreat brochure

Item consists of one brochure from The Upper Room (Nashville, TN) on its Living Reminder Retreat, which uses Nouwen's book of the same title as a reflection on personal ministry.

Bulletin of Yale University Divinity School

Item consists of one copy of the Bulletin of Yale University Divinity School, Series 67, Number 8, April 1971, which includes programs for study; there is no mention of Nouwen.

Notes from Covenant Retreat 1994

Item consists of one set of workshop notes from a Covenant Retreat given by Nouwen in May 1994. Topics included in the notes are the compassionate covenant, the new covenant, Vincent van Gogh, compassion and pain, compassion and joy, compassion and healing, history of the covenant, the personal covenant, and the universal covenant.

Letter from The Diocese of Bridgeport

File consists of a letter from Rev. Msgr. Andrew T. Cusack, Vicar for Clergy and Religious, on behalf of the Diocese of Bridgeport (CT) Ministry for Clergy and Religious and a long typed letter from Nouwen.

Catholic Conference of the Archdiocese of Toronto - May 17, 1991

File consists of correspondence from Doreen Cullen, regarding Nouwen's involvement in developing a conference for parish volunteers, for the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto. The letter requests time to sit with Nouwen and discuss ideas. A letter of response from Nouwen's secretary states that Nouwen was unable to respond to this request because he was out of the country.

Ontario Theological Seminary - May 11, 1991

File consists of correspondence with Dr. Ian Rennie, regarding Nouwen being the speaker for the graduation service at the Ontario Theological Seminary, Willowdale, Ontario. There is no indication of Nouwen's topic.

Letters from Jerry (Gerry) Diment

File consists of letters from Gerry (Jerry) Diment of the Shalom Community of Kalmazoo, MI and three typed letters from Nouwen and a short typed note from June E. Hagan, Nouwen's administrative assistant.

7th Annual Canadian Association of Christian Therapists (A.C.T.) Conference "The Abuse and Use of Power" - May 4 -5, 1991

File consists of correspondence, with Kenneth Fung, and other material regarding Nouwen speaking at the 7th Annual Canadian A.C.T. Conference at the Mount Carmen Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Nouwen spoke on "Healing the Wounded Healer." Includes schedule, flyer, and notes from the conference. Also includes a travel itinerary for a trip to New York where Nouwen attended the wedding of Fred Bratman and Robin.

Visit to Freiburg, Germany - April 1, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's trip to Freiburg, Germany. Includes travel itinerary and receipts. The majority of the correspondence is in German.

Letter to Patricia DiFabio

File consists of a short typed letter to Patricia DiFabio, of Pendle Hill, from Mabel Treadwell, on behalf of Nouwen.

Share Grief, Aurora - March 27, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material, with Fr. Don McLean and Michael MacNamara, regarding Nouwen speaking at the Lenten Series of Seminars at Our Lady of Grace Church, Aurora, Ontario. Nouwen spoke on "Why Does Our Faith Cause Us So Much Grief." Includes flyers for Nouwen's talk, flyers for the Lenten series, and notes in Nouwen's hand for his talk.

Letter from Elinore Detiger

File consists of a letter from Elinore Detiger of The Tiger Trust in The Netherlands to Paul A. Nouwen (Nouwen's brother), and a long typed letter from Nouwen, regarding Marilyn Ferguson, and Detiger's search for golden yellow octagonal crystals used by the Incas in healing ceremonies.

Visit by Barb Martens and Bonnie Kinnuen - March 22 - 28, 1991 [textual

File consists of correspondence, with Barb Martens and Bonny Kinnuen, regarding a visit to L'Arche Daybreak. Barb and Bonny were both students at the Wertburg Theological Seminary. Includes letters from both Barb and Bonny expressing their desire to visit Daybreak and a copy of Nouwen's response offering them an opportunity to spend time in the community. Also includes a thank you note from Bonny.

Annual National Prayer Breakfast, Ottawa - March 21, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material, mainly with Jim Edwards, M.P. and Bill Bussiere, regarding Nouwen's participation in the National Prayer Breakfast in Ottawa, Ontario. Nouwen gave the address for the breakfast on the theme "Beloved." Includes invitations, programs, music, travel itinerary, travel costs, a transcript of the event including Nouwen's address, and notes in Nouwen's hand for the address. Correspondence regarding arrangements for the event and thank-you letters from many people are included with a copy of Nouwen's response. A videotape of the event and a photograph of Nouwen with Brian Mulrooney were sent to Nouwen with a letter from Jim Edwards but are not in the file. Also includes a signed program by Brian Mulrooney. Some of the materials are in French.

St. Paul's Church - March 20, 1991

File consists of a letter from Rev. William J. Hockin, regarding Nouwen being the Liturgist on March 20th as part of the Lenten Noonday Series at St. Paul's Church, Toronto, Ontario. The theme of the series was "Finding the Peace."

Letters from Sr. Frances de la Chapelle, RSCJ

File consists of letters from Sr. Frances de la Chapelle RSCJ, two long typed letters from Nouwen (regarding the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of his Ordination and photographs she took) and three short typed notes from June E. Hagan, Nouwen's administrative assistant.

Lenten Bible Study - March 13, 1991

File consists of a letter to Nouwen from Patrick Baichoo, thanking Nouwen for speaking at their Lenten Bible Study on March 13, 1991. The letter does not contain the name of the church or group to whom Nouwen spoke or the theme of the talk.

Letters from Andrew Deeter

File consists of letters from Andrew Deeter, some written from the Taize Community in France and two very long typed letters from Nouwen.

Lecture at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth Ireland and visit to Holland - February 28 - March 7, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's lecture at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Kildare, Ireland. The title of Nouwen's lecture was " From Communion to Community and Ministry." Proceeds of the event went to the Trocaire Lenten Campaign. Includes material about the Trocaire campaign including a brochure, poster, sticker, and box. Also includes a copy of the march 1991 issue of the "The Furrow," a journal for the Contemporary Church. The travel itinerary indicates Nouwen also went to Holland during this trip. There is nothing in the file about Holland, he probably went for a personal visit.

Regis College 1991 Lecture Series - February 27, 1991

File consists of correspondence, with Mary McCann, and other material regarding Nouwen speaking at the Regis College 1991 Lecture Series, Regis College, Toronto, Ontario. The theme of Nouwen's talk was "From Communion to Community: The Contemplative Journey." Includes brochures and tickets for the lecture series and brochures for other Regis College events.

Spring Garden Baptist Church - February 24, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen speaking at the Spring Garden Baptist Church, Willowdale, Ontario. Includes a bulletin from the Church's Sunday service and notes from Nouwen secretary regarding the event. The theme of Nouwen's talk is unknown.

Letters from Carol Cruickshank

File consists of letters from Carol Cruikshank, including a copies of letters sent to Cruickshank from Mary Shaw and Pastor Frank C. Williams regarding "A Living Reminder" as well as three typed letters from Nouwen.

Warden Woods Mennonite Church - February 24, 1991

File consists of correspondence with Muriel Bechtel, regarding Nouwen and Doug Wiebe's involvement in the adult discussion group and worship service at Warden Woods Mennonite Church, Scarborough, Ontario. Nouwen and Wiebe discussed the Daybreak community during the discussion group and Wiebe was the worship leader.

Letter from Crossroad/Continuum

File consists of a letter from Michael Pinkston, Publicity Director at Crossroad/Continuum publishing, regarding Eugene Kennedy's book "On Being a Friend".

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