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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections
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Framed photographs from Nouwen's home

File consists of 22 photographs, most of which are framed. These photographs were kept by Nouwen in his home. Most depict Nouwen family members. Included in the file is a framed woven piece of fabric, which was stored with the photographs.

Ephemera and artifacts

  • CA ON00389 F4-14
  • Series
  • [1957 - 1996], predominant 1980 - 1996
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Series consists of ephemera and artifacts collected by or given to Nouwen throughout his lifetime, including awards and honorary degrees, materials kept in his office and home, promotional materials, artwork, postcards, religious artifacts, and personal artifacts.

Series has been arranged in the following seven sub-series according to their function:
1.14.1. Awards and honourary degrees;
1.14.2. Contents of Nouwen's office;
1.14.3. Promotional material for lectures, workshops and special events;
1.14.4. Collected artwork;
1.14.5. Personal effects;
1.14.6. Postcards, cards and prints;
1.14.7. Religious artifacts.

Awards and honourary degrees

Sub-series consists of awards and honourary degrees bestowed upon Henri Nouwen by various academic institutions, religious and community organizations, and literary associations, including correspondence and memorabilia relating to the awards and award ceremonies.

St. Martin de Porres Award

File consists of the St. Martin de Porres Award bestowed to Nouwen by the Southern Dominicans for his spiritual writing and his work with the disabled.

Christopher Award

File consists of the Christopher Award medallion awarded to Henri Nouwen as well as two copies of the award ceremony's program and a New York Times newspaper clipping about the award ceremony.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Award of Excellence

File consists of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Award of Excellence awarded to Nouwen in September 1996 and received by Carl MacMillan and others from the L'Arche Daybreak in October on behalf of Nouwen, who had died within that time, including a Ronald McDonald House Charities commemorative bottle of Coca-Cola, dated October 12, 1996.

COMISS award

File consists of the COMISS Award medal Nouwen received from the Council on Ministry in Specialized Settings for his outstanding contribution to the field of pastoral care, counseling and education.

Honourary Doctorate degree, Catholic Theological Union

File consists of the framed Honourary Doctorate diploma Henri Nouwen received from the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago IL), a framed copy of the citation honouring Nouwen, copies of the convocation program, and one black and red velvet Honourary Doctorate hood.

Collected artwork

Sub-series consists of artwork depicting Henri Nouwen and other framed images and sculptures, which may have been displayed in Nouwen's office or living space.

Sculpture of Virgin Mary with Jesus

Item consists of one carved wooden sculpture depicting the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus. Sculpture is approximately 25 cm tall. This sculpture was given to Nouwen by Frank [Last name unknown] in 1996.

Sculpture of traveller

Item consists of one carved wooden sculpture depicting a weary traveller. The man is carrying a seemingly heavy load and is barefoot, and there is a dog at his feet.

Ukrainian wooden candlestick

Item consists of one wooden candlestick with five wooden bells attached to the round base, given to Nouwen by Zenia Kushpeta.

Ceramic chalice

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

Silver napkin ring

Item consists of one silver napkin ring, featuring the inscription "Francis George Sutton".

Clay bird ornament

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

Russian medallion

Item consists of one metal medallion. The front features two male figures in an archway which frames the engraved depiction of a building. The back of the medallion features several images of a building or buildings with text in Russian and some dates. The buildings depicted are the buildings that make up the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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.

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".

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