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Ordination material

File consists of material from Nouwen’s ordination ceremony on July 21, 1957 in Utrecht and on July 28, 1957 in Scheveningen, including reminder cards, dinner menu and two copies of a photograph of Nouwen as a child playing priest. File also includes copies of Nouwen's ordination certificates from 1955-1956.

Doctoral degree and Police clearance certificate

File consists of photocopies of Nouwen’s degrees and certificates, declarations from October 27, 1988, of Nouwen’s doctorate in Psychology (February 3, 1964) from the department of Social Sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit (University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, NL) and in Theology (October 7, 1971), and a police clearance certificate from the York Regional Police from October 19, 1988. Material in the first folder was likely gathered while Nouwen was applying for Canadian citizenship. File also consists of a second folder of awards, certificates, memberships, and degrees awarded to Nouwen from 1979-1995. A third folder consists of additional copies of degrees, original grade reports, and a letter from Nouwen's brother on the need for these documents for Henri's work in the United States.

Hospitality frees guests

This item is a half-page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘Hospitality Frees Guests’ published in the National Catholic Reporter, September 27, 1974, p. 11. Nouwen begins the article by stating, ‘If the first characteristic of the spiritual life is the continuing movement from loneliness to solitude, its second characteristic is the movement by which hostility can be converted in hospitality’. Nouwen suggests that if we meet others out of needy loneliness that will not create an open space of hospitality to help the other be who they should be. Nouwen states that he believes the biblical concept of hospitality ‘might offer a new dimension to our understanding of a healing relationship and the formation of a recreating community’. Hospitality creates ‘not a fearful emptiness , but a friendly emptiness where strangers can enter and discover themselves as created free…’.

Photograph of drawing of Nouwen

Item consists of two copes of the same photograph of a drawing of Nouwen in profile while speaking and gesturing with his hands. The back of one of the photographs has an annotation in blue ink stating "1984".

Photograph of Marina San Giorgi

Item consists of a photograph of an unidentified woman seated outdoors on a patio in Cap d'Estel, with a pool, a large body of water and a mountain in the background.

Photograph of Paul Nouwen

Item consists of a photograph of Nouwen's brother, Paul Nouwen, seated on a stone wall, his head turned to his left.

Letters from Christopher de Vinck

File consists of six letters from Christopher de Vinck; including excerpts from his book "Simple Wonders" with annotations by Nouwen, and a book proposal “The Journey with Henri Nouwen: Fellow Pilgrims Speak”.

Funeral materials

File consists of materials from various Nouwen funerals including preparation documentation; eulogies; speech transcripts; programs; articles; poems; in memoriam notices; newsletter notices; a funeral guest book; attendance lists; and sympathy notes.

Drafts of Selma 1965

File consists of five copies (three original copies, two original mimeographs) of a draft typescript of "Selma 1965: naar de 'deep, deep south'", about Nouwen's participation in the civil rights march from Selma, AL, to Montgomery, AL, in 1965. Nouwen wrote this paper while a theological fellow in the program of religion and psychiatry at The Menninger Clinic (Topeka, KS). File also includes a copy owned by L.J.M. Nouwen with annotations.

Prayer and health care

This item is an 11 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘Prayer and Health Care’, published in Review by the Catholic Health Association of Canada, Vol. 17, No. 4, Winter 1989, pp.5 – 16. This article is adapted from a lecture given by Nouwen for the CHAC’s 50th anniversary Day of Celebration, October 25, 1989 in Ottawa, ON. Nouwen begins by reminding his audience of the talk he gave 12 years previously on compassion and indicates that he would now like to speak on the source of compassion: prayer. Nouwen begins by writing about Jesus’ prayer which is the source of Jesus’ life-giving ministry. ‘Every aspect of Jesus’ ministry, every word, every action and every detail of his own journey bespeaks life…’ Nouwen states that from his prayer of listening Jesus understands he is the beloved and that he wants us to know that we are also. ‘Jesus wants each of us to be just as much a child of God as he is himself’. Nouwen then goes on to describe the stresses and pressures that prevent us from being able to hear the God who desires us and our need, over time, to turn to God, to live our lives for God. Nouwen then goes on to speak about freedom which will come from prayer as we learn to listen, to move away from obsessions and compulsions, to say ‘no’ to death forces. The last half of the article speaks about the discipline of prayer in three ways: discipline of the mind, discipline of the heart, and discipline of the body. Nouwen concludes by stating, ‘ …I call all of you to be men and women of prayer, men and women truly belonging to God, men and women who at every moment of your existence and every part of yourselves will give life, not in your own name, but in the name Him who said, “I come to bring life…” Folder also contains a loose leaf photocopy of the article with annotations.

Video recording of Henri Nouwen at Earlham College

File consists of video recordings of a series of events held at Earlham College centered around Nouwen's receipt of an honourary degree. He gave four talks while at the college, all of which were recorded. Includes a video recording of an address given by Nouwen, Kim Barnes (an assistant from Daybreak) and Thelus George (a core member from Daybreak) at Earlham School of Religion, January 30, 1991. The address is primarily given by Barnes on the subject of L'Arche Daybreak. Video recordings also feature an address Nouwen gave to accept an honourary degree from Earlham School of Religion on January 30, 1991.

V13 v1 Common Meal / Earlham School of Religion consists of a video recording of Nouwen giving an address at the Common Meal at Earlham School of Religion on January 29, 1991.

V13 v2 Living the Spiritual Life / Earlham School of Religion consists of a video recording of Nouwen giving a lecture entitled "Living a Spiritual Life" at Earlham School of Religion on January 29, 1991.

V13 v3 Communion as the source of Christian leadership : Honorary Degree Convocation / Earlham School of Religion consists of a video recording of an address Nouwen gave to accept an honourary degree from Earlham School of Religion on January 30, 1991.

Summary of address:

Introduced by a former student Henry Freeman

Explanation of Communion with God as a series of concentric circles.
Reference to the passage in Luke about Jesus spending the night in solitary communion with God, then returning to his disciples (including Judas) and later going amongst a crowd to minister and heal. Central Circle: Communion with God. Second Circle: Communion with Community (disciples). Third Circle: Ministry through words and healing. Communion is the source of Love. Communion as Connectedness. Communion as Spirit, as a breathing between Father and Son. This relationship between Jesus Christ is both totally unique and totally mutual, and it is called Spirit.

Henri says he is convinced more than ever that all human beings are called to Communion with God. The degree to which a person tastes this relationship will determine their degree of integration into society, how much they can contribute to society. By not acknowledging Communion, an individual will become manipulative and violent in their relations with others. Lacking Communion, people will turn to popularity, success and power in attempts to grasp at Belonging. It is important that Communion takes place at ‘Night’ in this passage of Luke because night is when we (and Jesus) are tempted to seek Communion outside our relationship with God.

Out of Communion will grow Community.
References St. Francis, St. Thérèse, Dorothy Day, St. Bernard, St. Ignatius who formed communities as a fruit of this Communion with God. Mentions the importance of the Quaker tradition and his experiences at Pendle Hill in the development of his ideas about Communion.

Following Communion, you will find yourself calling to people or find people gathering around you. BUT: Community is a place where you will always be reminded that it (community) cannot give you that which you truly desire, Communion with God. Which will push you back to solitary Communion.

There is always a discordant note in communities (the person you least want to live with will be there in the community in which reside) (example of Judas). One needs community – it will constantly challenge you not to expect from people that which only God can give (Love). Community is a place of detachment. Community is the place where you live out Communion and then are called to Solitude. Solitude and Community can never be separated.

Community will lead you to ministry. Ministry must be taught communally in groups. Henri mentions that of late he has found that Ministry has become highly individualized. By ministering in groups, one is prevented from manipulating the Good News, one is not tempted to believe that they are the sole source of Truth etc. In Ministry, we are called to proclaim that Communion with God is being offered to all people. The Spirit of God blows where it wants. Healing and Liberation comes from knowledge that God is offering us Communion. The Love you crave is available, and you can forgive each other for not being God.

Ministry right now, the lives of everyone present, our reality has changed in the last few weeks because we are now at war (The Gulf War). This fact colours our souls. It is a very dark and dangerous atmosphere. How are we going to live and minister in a world that is in full agony? Your First responsibility is not to change the world but to prevent the world from changing you. Television, News, Media will broadcast dark news that pounds on your heart – don’t let the Darkness take away your connection and Communion with God. Don’t let the Dark rip out the most precious gift of Communion.

Henri mentions Biblical quote of people ‘dying of fear’. Keep your head erect in the face of the Son of Man. Proclaim that this war is unjust. Receive Communion at the mountaintop. We do not receive Communion by changing the world, change is not a condition of prophecy. Source: Video Recordings of Nouwen Series – Video Cassettes of Nouwen at Earlham College Subseries, Box 309, item V13. Summary notes by Anna St.Onge, Archives Assistant, June 2, 2005.

V13 v4 Life at Daybreak : Henri Nouwen, Kim Barnes and Thelus George / Earlham School of Religion consists of of a video recording of an address given by Nouwen, Kim Barnes (an assistant from Daybreak), and Thelus George (a core member from Daybreak) at Earlham School of Religion, January 30, 1991. The address is primarily given by Barnes on the subject of L'Arche Daybreak.

Materials from Pendle Hill Summer Institute

  • CA ON00389 F4-7-1-2145
  • File
  • 1976 - August 1982, predominant 1982
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of materials related to Pendle Hill, predominantly to the Summer Institute, a 5-week retreat run between June 28 and early August 1982 where Nouwen taught. There are also materials from the 1970s but they were most likely gathered by Nouwen for use during this event.
There are 36 handwritten pages by Nouwen which appear to be preparation notes for various lectures he gave at the institute. There is also a 6-page typed document by John Mogabgab titled "Pendle Hill Conversations Meeting 4 (October 27, 1977) Summary Notes".
Material that relates directly to the 1982 retreat includes correspondence from Pendle Hill dated May 17, 1982 to the 43 participants in the retreat regarding housing arrangements, health insurance, typewriting and cooperative housekeeping chores. There is also a typed list of all the participants and their addresses. As well, there is a eight page group of typed notes titled "Some Notes for a Five Weeks [sic] Reflection on the Gospel of Luke" as well as sheet music and a Curriculum Vitae of a lay reader from Sydney, Australia. There is also a photocopy of a long-distance phone bill containing a letter from one of Nouwen's suite mates regarding an overpayment. Nouwen's long-distance calls are noted.
File also includes three pamphlets from Pendle Hill, namely Parker Palmer's "Meeting for Learning" and "A Place called Community" and Douglas V. Steere's "On Speaking out of the Silence", as well as some ephemera.
Also contained in this file is a program schedule for a commemoration conference on Thomas Merton, hosted by Columbia University between November 27 and December 10, 1978. It appears that Nouwen cancelled some of his plans for this conference to visit Pendle Hill. See Weekly Calendars 1978.
File also contains an introduction package for the institute consisting of a welcome letter by Parker Palmer and brief staff biographies.

Photograph of Carrie, Janet, and Geoff Whitney-Brown

Item consists of a photograph of Geoff Whitney-Brown standing outdoors next to his wife, Carrie, who is holding their infant daughter, Janet - all three are wearing colourfully decorated hats. A house, trees and a pond are visible in the background.

Seeing Christ: a meditation on Andrew Rublev's Saviour of Zvenigorod

This item is two copies of a 4 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled,’ Seeing Christ: A meditation on Andrew Rublev’s Savior of Zvenigorod’, published in America, Vol. 154, No. 1, January 4 – 11, 1986, pp. 4 – 7. Nouwen begins this meditation on the icon by stating, ‘To see Christ is to see God and all of humanity. This mystery has evoked in me a burning desire to see the face of Jesus’. Nouwen then relates this to his love of the face of Christ as portrayed by Rublev in this icon. Nouwen begins by describing the damage to this 15thC image and then describes what he sees as a ‘tender human face’ and the colors ‘of inexpressible beauty’ which are used. The next focus for Nouwen are the eyes of Christ: ‘Their gaze is so mysterious and deep that any word that tries to describe them is inadequate’. Nouwen concludes the meditation by stating, ‘Seeing the Christ by Rublev is a profound event…seeing Christ leads us to the heart of God as well as to the heart of all that is human’. In an Afterword, Nouwen discusses the icon painting tradition and notes that beginning in the 6th C. there is a tendency to portray the face of Christ in a similar way in all icons and in a way which may be related to the face on the Shroud of Turin which may have been the actual face of Christ.

Marriage as ministry

Item consists of photocopies of a typescript of "Marriage as Ministry". Nouwen argues that marriage as ministry has two functions: binding the wounds of the other, and healing the suffering guest. One copy is in the bound volume and one is a loose copy.

Material regarding Vincent van Gogh

Subseries consists of photocopies of textual records created in the process of developing a film on Vincent Van Gogh, with which Nouwen was involved, including correspondence, grant applications, research notes, typescripts, film scripts, and film schedules relating to the development and execution of the project. Records are separated into the following 13 folders:

  • File 1: Van Gogh – Quotes I [1980-1981]
  • File 2: Van Gogh – Quotes II [1980]
  • File 3: Van Gogh – Quotes III [1980]
  • File 4: Van Gogh – Notes and correspondence I [1980-1984]
  • File 5: Van Gogh – Notes and correspondence II [1979-1980]
  • File 6: Van Gogh – Notes and correspondence III [1978-1979]
  • File 7: Van Gogh – Notes and correspondence IV [1978-1980]
  • File 8: Compassion – Henri Nouwen I Van Gogh, Hold [1980]
  • File 9: Compassion – Henri Nouwen II – Text for Recording [1980-1981]
  • File 10: Compassion – Henri Nouwen III – Text for Recording [1980-1981]
  • File 11: Compassion – Henri Nouwen IV – Text for Recording [1980]
  • File 12: Compassion – Henri Nouwen V – Text for recording July 21, 1980 [1980]
  • File 13: Compassion – Henri Nouwen VI [1978 or 1980]

Draft of Ukrainian Diary

File consists of a bound draft manuscript of Ukrainian Diary : July 24 - August 14, 1993. The draft includes a copy of a letter from Nouwen dated November 30, 1993 (on L'Arche Daybreak letterhead) to friends saying he was finally able to finish his Ukrainian Diary and it tells about how Nathan [Ball], Zenia [Kushpeta], Borys [Gudziak], and Nouwen lived while in Ukraine. Nouwen says "If you do not have time to read the whole journal you might just focus on the entries from August 1 through August 11 because those were the dates that we were actually in Ukraine. The entries from July 24 to August 1 are preparatory notes, and the entries from August 12 through the 14th are some reflections after we returned from our trip." He concludes by saying he hopes to finish the text during his time away in January (1994).

L'Arche in North America: home, healing and hope

This item is a 5-page article by Henri Nouwen entitled ‘L’Arche in North America: Home, Healing and Hope’, published in ‘Letters of L’Arche’, No. 76, 1992, pp. 2 – 6. Nouwen is writing this at the time of the funeral of Pere Thomas Philippe, one of the founders of L’Arche. Nouwen senses that Pere Thomas’ legacy of the vision of L’Arche will continue to live, ‘he can bring a rich harvest’. Nouwen goes on to ask ‘how to be l’Arche in North America’? Nouwen sees three core words that will bear much fruit: Home, Healing and Hope. I. Home: Nouwen sees L’Arche as being home especially for the core members many of whom have experienced living in institutional places that were not ‘home’. Nouwen goes on to describe the sense of homelessness that many in North America experience: actual homelessness, but also places where people live without a welcome, places where people live in loneliness, places where people live alone together. Nouwen notes that the Assistants who come to L’Arche have and do experience this homelessness as well. Nouwen sees that home at L’Arche provides a place to be home but also to be a place of mission and a recognition that we are still journeying home. II. Healing: ‘The great paradox of L’Arche is that, while no one is cured, everyone is healed’. Nouwen speaks of the great suffering that has been experienced by the core members but also by the Assistants. All seek healing. ‘It is clear that we are all handicapped that we all need to offer each other healing by the way we live together’. III. Hope: ‘L’Arche invites people, barely respected or acknowledged by our society, to become witnesses of hope’. ‘Joy, peace, acceptance, truthfulness, the ability to welcome, to forgive and to celebrate; these are only some of the gifts handicapped people have to offer…This knowledge of the ‘gift of the poor’ has been a great inspiration in L’Arche over the years, and has made L’Arche into a true sign of hope’.

Drafts of Power, powerlessness and power

File consists of a draft manuscript and typescript of "Power, Powerlessness and Power", including related correspondence. Folder (1) contains a fax copy of a manuscript and typescript. Folder (2) contains faxed correspondence between Nouwen's administrative assistants, Kathy Christie and Lydia Banducci, and Marion Hollis, of L'Arche Limited (Suffolk, England) and Zizi (last name unknown). Includes a fax copy of an illustration by Zizi (last name unknown), that Nouwen intended to use with this article.

Photograph album 3

Album 3 consists of photographs of Henri Nouwen alone and with friends, including Don McNeill, Bob Antonelli and Claude Pomerleau, between 1970 and 1974. Put together by Henri Nouwen the album predominantly contains photos of him socializing with friends at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut; posing for portraits along canals in Utrecht, Netherlands for photographer Ron van den Bosch; and working and socializing with friends at the Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, New York. Also included are photos of retreats, as well as trips to Aspen, Colorado; Elora, Ontario; and Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Photograph album 11

Album 11 consists of photographs taken between 1956 and 1961. Henri Nouwen is seen on a trip to Greece and Israel with a group of fellow students from the University of Nijmegen; on board the SS Maasdam where he worked as Chaplain in 1961; and visiting New York, NY while the ship was at port in the city. Also included are photos of Henri Nouwen and classmates at major seminary in Rijsenburg and at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Photograph album 5

Album 5 consists of photographs taken between 1947 and 1954. Compiled by Henri Nouwen, the album is predominantly focused on Nouwen's stay at a boys summer camp, his time at seminary school in Apeldoorn and trips he took to countries such as Italy, Belgium, France and the United Kingdom. The camping group was called de Vossen [the foxes] and was run by Aloysius College. Also included are photos of Laurent J.M., Maria, Paul, Laurent and Laurien Nouwen at their home, in Scheveningen, and celebrating Laurent's First Communion in 1951. Of interest is a photo [P6644] of Henri Nouwen's grandmother Sara M. Ramselaar holding him as a baby in 1932.

Photograph album 10

Album 10 consists of photographs taken in 1981 during Henri Nouwen's final year teaching at the Yale Divinity School. Nouwen is seen at various events, including what may be a farewell party, a graduation ceremony, a baptism, a visit to the country and a lobster bake, with friends and colleagues, many of whom are unidentified. Nouwen is also seen wearing clerical robes while leading Easter Sunday service, outdoors, and celebrating Mass in the Yale Divinity School Prayer Chapel. Also included are shots of Nouwen and an unidentified man while on a trip to San Francisco. Joseph Nunez, Carol Plantinga, Yushi Nomura, Bob Massie, John Mogabgab, Marjorie Thompson, Don and Elaine Postema and Mich and Mary Zeman appear in photos throughout the album.

Photograph album 14

Album 14 consists of photographs taken in 1964. Put together by Henri Nouwen, the album contains photos that were predominantly taken in February of that year. Included are photos of Henri Nouwen during his psychology doctoral exam at the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen; at the Hooge Hoenderberg, between Nijmegen and Mook, celebrating his completion of the exam with friends and family including Laurent J.M., Maria, Laurien and Laurent Nouwen, Peter and Anke Naus, Guus Ablregts, and Puck and Philip van Campen; and on a trip to Germany with friends. Also in the album are portraits of Kees Ramselaar and his children, photos of Nouwen with friends in his Piusconvict room and a map from the area he visited in Germany.

Photograph albums

Sub-series consists of 5 photograph albums containing approximately 781 photographs and ephemera taken by or collected by Nouwen. Included are early personal photographs of Nouwen's trips abroad, his time at seminary school and his tenure at Yale Divinity School.

Albums are separated into the following files:

File 1: Photograph Album 3
File 2: Photograph Album 5
File 3: Photograph Album 10
File 4: Photograph Album 11
File 5: Photograph Album 14


Series consists of colour and black and white photographs (including negatives) accumulated by Nouwen, and colour slides taken by him and others. Photographs not taken by Nouwen were gathered mainly from friends and acquaintances through correspondence, over a period of approximately 30 years. The photographs were stored by Nouwen and his administrative assistant(s) in files, or displayed on one of several large bulletin boards Nouwen used in his office and photograph albums compiled. Some photographs that arrived with correspondence were kept in the General Files series with their letter of origin, while others which were not clearly attached to a letter were separated and added to this series.

Subject matter depicted in the photographs include professional portraits of Nouwen; Nouwen in both his professional and private capacities at: the Yale and Harvard Divinity Schools, and at L'Arche Daybreak (leading church services, at birthdays and Christmas celebrations), religious events (baptisms, first communions, ordinations and weddings); as well as his travels to Peru and Bolivia, the United States, France, and other countries; and with his family in the Netherlands both as a child and as an adult. Photographs also depict Nouwen's friends, their families, and L'Arche Daybreak assistants and core members. In addition, a large number of photographs in this series (approximately one fifth), document Nouwen's time spent in Germany with a flying trapeze troupe, The Flying Rodleighs.

Slides were taken by Nouwen of Martin Luther King, Jr’s civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, AL, in March 1965; of the University of Notre Dame; vacations, including a trip to Greece; and of Nouwen with Rodleigh Stevens of The Flying Rodleighs in 1995.

This series is arranged in three sub-series:

1.15.1. Photographs Accumulated by Henri Nouwen
1.15.2. Early Personal Photographs
1.15.3. Photograph Albums

The series include both file- and item-level descriptions. Photographs and slides are arranged in chronological order where possible.

Social security documents

File consists of photocopies of Nouwen’s US Social Security card, and a Social Security Summary of Statement of Earnings prior to 1980.

Death documentation

File consists of materials related to Nouwen's death including death certificates; insurance benefits, files, and correspondence; Nouwen's last will and testament; financial records regarding taxes and royalties; memorial cards; notes; arrangements for Nouwen's gravestone; pamphlets from memorial events; instructions for L'Arche Daybreak on responding to inquiries; and the power of attorney for personal care document from 1995.

Certificate of registration to perform marriages

File consists of Nouwen’s Certificate of Registration from the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations authorizing him to legally perform marriages in the Province of Ontario; including material relating to the Marriage Act of the Government of Ontario.

Driving documentation

File consists of a photocopy of a Declaration of Aptitude for driving in the Netherlands with a foreign Driver’s license, and a license renewal form from Massachusetts.

Personal cards

File consists of an envelope containing Nouwen’s Social Insurance card, Ontario Health card, ManuAssist card, York Central Hospital card, and US Social Security card. Also includes his name badge for York Central Hospital Pastoral Services.

Myer-Briggs report

File consists of Nouwen’s report of the results of his Myer-Briggs type indicator personality test; including a photocopy of the description of his personality type.

1981 last will and testament

File consists of a copy of Nouwen’s Last Will and Testament from 1981, including a letter from Nouwen’s father in 1993.

Health insurance documentation

File consists of a summary of Nouwen’s health coverage, including a Blue Cross and Blue Shield brochure, and contract.

Distribution card

File consists of a distribution card issued to Nouwen. This card identified Nouwen and indicated what resources he received following the Second World War.

Curriculum vitae

File consists of Nouwen’s curriculum vitae from 1976 to 1982, including lists of his published works.

Appraisal of chalice

File consists of the appraisal of Nouwen’s ordination chalice (a gift from his Uncle Antonius Ramselaar), from Gem Service, a division of Harold Weinstein Ltd.

Passport and visa information

File consists of official documents, correspondence and information pertaining to Nouwen’s immigration to Canada and legal status from 1986 – 1989. File also consists of Nouwen’s passports (issued by the Netherlands in 1989, 1981, 1963, and 1994; and a military passport), passport photos, travel visa applications, international driving licenses (issued by the Netherlands in 1966, 1980, and 1986), certificates of inoculation and vaccination (issued by the Netherlands, in Dutch and English), and immigration documents and correspondence from 1966 – 1996.

Personal papers and official documents

Sub-series consists of personal papers collected by Nouwen over his lifetime for sentimental reasons including mementos, ephemera, and materials relating to his childhood, career and his friends. Sub-series also consists of official papers kept for legal, insurance and professional reasons, including immigration papers, personal identification cards, wills, and royalties.

Drafts of Compassion

  • CA ON00389 F4-1-1-24-1, 24-2, 24-3, 24-4, 24-5, 24-6
  • File
  • 1977 - 1980
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of typescripts of "Compassion". Folder (1) contains draft (1), which is an early hard-bound typescript entitled, "The Spirituality of Compassion: Thirty Reflections" (June, 1977). It was not intended for publication. Folder (2) contains a typescript of 'Chapter VII: Patience' (May, 1979). Folder (3) contains draft (2), which is a soft-bound typescript entitled, "Compassion: Ministry and Spirituality" and is based on the text of a course given by Nouwen at the Gregorian University (Rome, Italy), from February to May, 1978. Folder (4) contains draft (3), which is a hard-bound typescript entitled, "Compassion: A Meditation on the Christian Life" (1978), by Nouwen, Donald McNeill and Douglas Morrison. Folder (5) contains draft (4), which is a hard-bound typescript entitled, "Compassion: Reflections on the Christian Life" (1980), by Nouwen, McNeill and Morrison. Drafts (2), (3) and (4), feature drawn illustrations by Dr. Joel Filartiga. Folder (6) contains a draft of "Compassion" dated February 20, 1978, from the Pontification Gregorian University, followed by a copy of an early draft of "Compassion: ministry and spirituality".

Handouts for fall 1978 lecture course

  • CA ON00389 F4-7-1-2121
  • File
  • [between September - December 1978]
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of a bound volume of typed and photocopied handouts, including a syllabus, class list and final paper topic list as well as a number of bibliographies on prayer, Merton, western mysticism as well as a list of local monasteries and contemplative centers. There is also a handout titled "Guidelines for Inclusive Language"outlining Yale Divinity School's policy on changing language practices towards greater gender equality.
Articles by Nouwen include "Contemplation and Ministry" and a photocopy of "Solitude and Community" and article published in Worship (January 1978, 13-23). There is an additional loose copy of "Contemplation and Ministry" froma lecture presented at the North American college on Friday, March 10.
Articles by Merton include a prayer and excerpts from "A Letter on the Contemplative Life", "Thoughts in Solitude" and "Seven Story Mountain".
The remaining articles are:

  • Kallistos Ware's "The Power of the Name: The Function of the Jesus Prayer", (introduction to Igumen Chariton of Valamo's) "The Art of Prayer", and "Silence in Prayer: The Meaning of Hesychia".
    -James H. Forest's "Thomas Merton's Struggle with Peacemaking".
    -David Steindl-Rast's "Recollection of Thomas Merton's Last Days in the West" and "A Deep Bow".

Collected class material - volume I

File consists of a bound volume of miscellaneous handouts. The materials were most likely bound between 1974 and 1976. Many of the materials appear to be original typed copies, indicating that they were the originals from which Nouwen created handouts for his students.
The bound volume contains a table of contents that lists sixteen articles. One of the articles is a typescript by Nouwen titled "Case-Recording in Pastoral Education". File also includes a loose copy of this typescript and it includes excerpts from Sir Frederick Treves "The Elephant Man", and "The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha" edited by E.A. Burtt, and a final page titled "The Compassion of William Kurelek" by Frank Murphy, C.M. The remaining articles are:
-"To hell with acceptance" (a sermon)
-a chronology of Christian monasticism.
-Louis Dupre's "The Mystical Experience of the Self and its Philosophical Significance" (copy of article from International Philosophical Quarterly, (vol. 14, pp. 495-511), December 1974)
-Comments and Quotations from Erik H. Erikson's "Identity and the Life Cycle."
-Quotations and Excerpts from Selma H. Fraiberg's "The Magic Years"
-Rabbi Gerald Goldman's "The 'Solitude' of Martin Buber" (from Nefesh III, no.1)
-Robin Greer's "Hospitality in the First Five Centuries of the Church"
-question sheets by Nouwen relating to Seward Hiltner's "The Counselor in Counseling".
-"Jim" from "Religion in America".
-extracts from George Konrad's "The Case Worker"
-Denis McInreny's "Thomas Merton: The Man and his Work" (from Cistercian Studies 27, 1974)
-"Psychological Examination", excerpts from "A Manual for Psychiatric Case Study" by Menninger, Mayman and Pruyser.

  • Karl Menninger's "The Termination of the Contract: The Separation of Two Parties".
    -Some quotations from Menninger, Meyman and Pruyser's "The Vital Balance".
    -typescript of Thomas Merton's "Marxist Theory and Monastic Theoria" (Conference delivered in Bangkok, 10 December 1968)
    Not listed in the table of contents is a typed quotation from Simone de Beauvoir's "The Ethics of Ambiguity".

Drafts of Gracias!

  • CA ON00389 F4-1-1-25-1, 25-2, 25-3, 25-4, 25-5, 25-6, 25-7
  • File
  • 1981-1983
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of one partial, two complete typescripts and one galley proof of "Gracias!" Folders (1) and (2) contain draft (1), which is an early typescript with a handwritten title page. Folders (3) to (4) contain draft (2), which is a typescript of Latin American journal entries, from October 18, 1981, to March 29, 1982. Folder (5) contains draft (3), which is a partial typescript with some handwritten pages. Folder (6) contains a copy of edited galley proofs. Folder (7) contains additional copies of drafts from October 1981-March 1982.

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

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".

File also includes a loose bibliography for the course titled "Spiritual Direction".

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