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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Vanier, Jean
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L'Arche Trosly-Breuil fonds

  • CA ON00389 74
  • Fonds
  • 1985-2008, predominant 1985-1986

Henri J.M. Nouwen was a close friend of Jean Vanier and was invited to join the L'Arche Trosly-Breuil and was an active member of their community from August 1985 to May 1986. His experiences at Trosly-Breuil are published in his work, "The Road to Daybreak". The fonds consists of eleven audio cassettes of lectures and retreats given by Nouwen. The fonds also contains one compact disc of photographs of various subjects, including Nouwen. The records range in date from 1985 to 2008.
The Fonds has been organized into two series:

  1. Sound Recordings
  2. Photographs

L'Arche Trosly-Breuil (Association)

L'Arche Audiovisual Collection

  • CA ON00389 C5
  • Fonds
  • 1968 - 2004

Collection consists of audiovisual materials featuring recordings of events given by and used by members of l'Arche International/Internationale. This material includes 1708 audio cassettes, 37 videocassettes, 8 film reels, and 78 audio reels. Much of the material features recordings created at L'Arche retreats internationally, such as the Covenant Retreat, Renewal Retreat, and Faith and Light Retreat. Prominent speakers include Jean Vanier, Henri Nouwen, Joe Egan, Robert Larouche and Sue Mosteller.

The majority of the audio files feature Jean Vanier, usually speaking at retreats. The film reels are recordings made and collected by L'Arche Daybreak, and feature a CBC film on Daybreak (from 1970), pilgramages and trips made by Faith and Light and Daybreak. There is also a film reel of Jean Vanier.

Collection has been arranged into eight series:

  1. Head of House and regional meetings
  2. Covenant retreats
  3. Faith and Sharing
  4. Federation meetings
  5. Assistants' retreats and meetings
  6. L'Arche Renewals
  7. Other events, talks, and speakers
  8. Audio reels and film reels

Collection also includes a binder which functioned as a catalogue for many of the cassettes that were housed at l'Arche Daybreak until 2004 and 2006. This binder is located in series 7.

L'Arche Daybreak (Association)

Regional Meeting 1983

File consists of 7 audio cassettes featuring recordings of talks given by Jean Vanier and Sue Mosteller at the Regional Meeting in Waterloo, ON, in May 1983.

Covenant Retreat 1981

File consists of 23 audio cassettes featuring talks given at a Covenant Retreat held from April 5-11, 1981. The talks are in French and English.

Covenant Retreat, Jean Vanier

File consists of 10 audio cassettes featuring talks given by Jean Vanier at a Covenant Retreat in April 1987. The cassettes are numbered #2-11 and there are no titles of talks given.

Covenant Journey 1989

File consists of 17 audio cassettes featuring talks given at a Covenant Journey Retreat in 1989. There are varying speakers and titles. The talks were given in French, but have been translated into English.

Covenant Journey June 1989

File consists of 12 audio cassettes featuring talks given at a Covenant Retreat in June 1989. The cassettes are labeled as being given by Jean Vanier, but one cassette features a talk by Sr. Sue Mosteller. The cassettes are numbered sequentially and titles of talks are not listed.

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