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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Item
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Army socks

Item consists of one pair of olive green socks that were part of Henri Nouwen's military uniform. There is a label with 'Nouwen' sewed onto each sock.

Army uniform

Item consists of Nouwen's army uniform from when he served as army chaplain for the Dutch Army between 1957 and 1963.Box 372 contains:jacketpants2 tieshatbelthandkerchiefraincoatscarfclerical collarBox 373 contains:wool coattrench coatdog tag...

Black Orthodox rosary

Item consists of one black Orthodox rosary. The Rosary is made of knotted wool to simulate beads, with light blue thread wrapped around segments for decoration. The end of the rosary is a cross shape in the wool.

Black rosary bead

Item consists of one set of rosary beads. The beads are black and include a metal icon of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus (back of the icon features a depiction of adult Jesus).

Black wooden rosary

Item consists of one black wooden rosary with metal attachments. There are two metal pendants, the first depicting the Virgin Mary, and the second is wooden crucifix with metal ends and Jesus.

Blue box

Item consists of one blue plastic case for holding papers. Nouwen used this case for his L'Arche Journal, kept from 1985 to 1986.

Brass plate of Saint Gennaro

Item consists of one small brass plate with the image of Saint Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples, and the inscription "prega per noi," the Italian phrase for "pray for us".

Brown rosary beads

Item consists of one set of rosary beads. The beads are brown, and the string underneath is a cream colour. The end of the rosary features a wooden and metal crucifix (the cross is wooden, and Jesus is metal).

Ceramic chalice

Item consists of one ceramic chalice with an orange glaze paint.

Ceramic ornament of St. Francis of Assisi and wolf

Item consists of a painted sculpture of St. Francis of Assisi with a wolf. He is wearing the brown garb of a Franciscan monk. He has his arms around the wolf, and the wolf is looking up at him. The bottom of the sculpture is covered in green felt ...

Clay bird ornament

Item consists of one small clay bird. The top of the bird is painted blue.

Clay sculpture

Item consists of one small clay sculpture, possibly made by a member of L'Arche Daybreak. The sculpture features Nouwen with his arms around a child, whose hand is reaching towards Nouwen's open mouth. The Nouwen figure has a blue-gray g...

Coasters

Item consists of one set of coasters. The initials "H.N." are embossed on the coasters in gold ink.

Commemorative coin

Item consists of one commemorative coin. The front of the coin features a raised profile of Pope Paul VI, and the Latin of his name: "Paulus VI. Pont. Max" The verso of the coin reads "Anno santo 1975. Roma" and a raise depicti...

Crucifix pendant

Item consists of one small metal pendant. On the front is a crucifix, with engraved figures behind Jesus, and angels above His head. The verso lists the name "Assisi" and has an engraved phrase in Latin, likely a prayer.

Dolby stereo

Item consists of one stereo system. This was Henri Nouwen's Dolby System 4 speaker system and manual recording system. Sue Mosteller says that this is the player that Nouwen used to play all of his cassettes.

Engraved wooden box

Item consists of one engraved wooden box. The engraving is a pattern of squares with triangles.

Glass chalice

Item consists of one clear glass chalice. Chalice is approximately 12 cm in diameter, and 26 cm tall. It is slightly larger than E144. Chalice is very simple, but the node on this chalice is slightly decorative with a crimped pattern. Nouwen used ...

Glass chalice

Item consists of one clear glass chalice. Chalice is approximately 12 cm in diameter, and 23 cm tall. Chalice is very simple, with a small node and simple base. Nouwen used this chalice to give the Eucharist while he was a priest at L'Arche D...

Glass paten

Item consists of one clear glass paten. The plate of the paten is 22 cm in diameter, and the paten is approximately 9.5 cm tall, while the base is 9 cm in diameter. It is very simple in design. Nouwen used this paten to give the Eucharist while a ...

Gold chalice

Item consists of one gold chalice and its matching paten, as well as a small spoon (used to give the Eucharist to those who could not receive it otherwise). The chalice base features a small crucifix, as well as other decorative engravings of grap...

Hinged wooden book stand

Item consists of one hinged wooden book stand that can collapse to be flat. The book stand is carved and features carved maple leaves.

Magenta stole

Item consists of one variegated magenta wool stole with large magenta tassels. There are other colours, including red and orange, in the design of the stole.

Modified mother-of-pearl rosary

Item consists of one modified rosary with 11 mother-of-pearl beads and has a silver clasp attached to one end, a silver cross at the other.

Multi-coloured stole

Item consists of one multi-coloured stole made from woven cotton, possibly made in Central or South America. There are woven crosses in the pattern. The tassels are blue.

Napkin ring

Item consists of one wooden napkin ring. The napkin ring is painted and features an outdoor scene with "Henri Nouwen" painted in yellow paint.

Noah's Ark musical ornament

Item consists of one Noah's Ark musical ornament with "Adam Arnett, Nov. 17-1961 - Feb. 13-1996" inscribed on bottom. The song played is "It's a Small World".

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