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Vanier, Jean
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Letters from L'Arche

File consists of letters from members of the L'Arche community, including:
-Jean Vanier writing from Antigonish (NS)
-Simone Landrien, Thérèse-Monique [Alibert], Jean, Barbara and Odile (last names unknown) from L'Arche Trosly Breuil, as well as a letter from Irene (last name unknown) writing from England about her experience at Trosly-Breuil
-Jim (last name unknown) from L'Arche à Paris
-Mirelle (last name unknown) from L'Arche La Ferme.
-Kate (last name unknown) from L'Arche An Croí in Wliton Lawn, Co. Cork, Ireland
-Anne Cortez and Kathy (last name unknown) from L'Arche Erie (PA)
-Mary Egan from L'Arche Carrefour in Haiti
-Brian Halferty from L'Arche Frontenac [now L'Arche Arnprior]
-Cathy (last name unknown) of "New House" (L'Arche Daybreak?)
-Gaby (last name unknown), welcoming Nouwen to the Family of L'Arche
-a list of the board of directors of Friends of L'Arche.
and official correspondence from Claire de Miribel on behalf of L'Arche Internationale. The majority of these letters contain annotations "file: L'Arche" or a simple "F" or "A".

Letters from L'Arche

File consists of letters, including four photo cards, and articles from members of the L'Arche community of Trosly-Breuil (also called La Ferme) in France, including official correspondence from Jean Vanier and letters from Thérèse Monique, Barbara, Agnes, Simone Landrien and Larry Gray. Also includes the original draft of a letter written by Nouwen to his students at Boston College explaining his reasons for joining the L'Arche community, and a letter from Therese [Cecury?] giving Nouwen the address to her parents Paul and Marie Peeters in France (it has been annotated "file: Trosly").

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)

Material from Jean Vanier

File consists of a letter from Jean Vanier, including a very long typed letter from Nouwen endorsing Vanier's nomination for the Templeton Prize, Teresa de Bertodano's nomination and Vanier's typescript "The Healing Community".

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The series consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for the years 1977 to 2012. The bulletins generally contain a short letter of introduction by the Secretary and the Co-ordinator of the Faith and Sharing Federation, agendas for retreats and lists of participants. After 1979 the newsletters contain the minutes of meetings for the Executive Committee. The bulletin often features letters written by attendees of the retreats regarding their experiences, regional news items and copies of letters written by Jean Vanier and other members of the Faith and Sharing Federation regarding their experiences and reflections on the work of the Faith and Sharing Federation and the L'Arche communities. Also included in the series are reports of accounting balance sheets for the bulletins for the years 1997 to 2011.

Secondary resources collected by Madeleine Séguin, Secretary of the North American Committee, related to Jean Vanier

The series consists of monographs (in the form of letters) written by Jean Vanier regarding his work with L' Arche 1972-1979, correspondence regarding the financing of Faith and Sharing retreats 1972, and articles and newspaper clippings from Canadian newspapers on Jean Vanier and his work with the Faith and Sharing Federation 1972-1974.

Séguin, Madeleine

Letters from Jean Vanier

File consists of letters from Jean Vanier, writing from Trosly-Breuil, France, and a typed letter from Nouwen.

Letters from Jean Vanier

File consists of letters from Jean Vanier, some asking permission to use quotes from Nouwen's writing for his own publication. Also contains handwritten letter draft by Nouwen to Vanier.

Letters from L'Arche

File consists of letters and newsletters from various members of the L'Arche community, including:
-official letters from Jean Vanier,

  • Sr. Claire Marie de Jesus (Rolf), Renate Craine, Simone Landrien, Thérèse Monique, of L'Arche Trosly-Breuil, France;
    -Mary Egan of L'Arche Carrecoeur in Haiti;
    -Tim K. Hollis of L'Arche England;
    -Jaziane Gueusquin of L'Arche Cuise la Motte, France;
    -Dorothy (last name unknown) of Asha Niketan in Madras, India;
    -Irene (last name unknown) writing from Kalittalai, India (previously of L'Arche Daybreak);
    -Andrei (spelling unclear) writing from the Jesuit Communaute of Wépion-Namur in Belgium;
    -The Dietz family of Augsburg, Germany;
    -Jim and Julie B? (last name unclear) writing from France;
  • Bright Dove, Christine, George, Linda, Paguita(last names unknown) of unknown affiliation;
    and,
    -a copy of quarterly newsletter "Letters of L'Arche" (no. 57, March 1987).

Letters from Jean Vanier

File consists of letters from Jean Vanier, including a typed article "The Youth of Today: an urgent Appeal to the Church", the pamphlets "Jeunes d'aujourd'hui: un pressant appel a l'Eglise", "Our Inner Journey", and copies of the articles "A Home for the Crushed and Lonely" and "The Families of Jean Vanier". One letter includes a note from Barbara of L'Arche Trosly-Breuil.