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Letters from Sue Mosteller

File consists of detailed personal correspondence between Nouwen and Sue Mosteller including original and copies of typed and hand written letters, as well as original cards and postcards with notes in Nouwen's hand. Includes copies of letters from Nouwen to Joe Egan, Brother Andrew and Archbishop Ambroziac. Also includes copies of Nouwen's schedule from September 1993 to December 1994 and Nouwen's journal entries around Robert Giavedoni.

File consists of:

  • January 15, 1996 - Copy of Henri’s journal around Robert Giavedoni
    -September 1, 1995 – typed letter from Sue Mosteller and Nathan Ball to Henri
    -April 24, 1995 – original letter from Henri to Sue
    -February 15, 1993 – card from Henri to Sue
    -February 1, 1994 – card from Henri to Sue
    -January 15, 1993 – original handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -May 13, 1991 – typed letter from Henri to Archbishop Ambrozic
    -May 7, 1990 – typed letter from Sue to Henri re: the Prodigal Son manuscript
    -February 25, 1989 – original handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -January 10, 1989 – original handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -October 28, 1988 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -October 15, 1988 – card from Henri to Sue
    -July 25, 1988 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -July 12, 1998 – handwritten letter from Sue to Nathan and Henri
    -June 6, 1988 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -June 9, 1988 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -May 26, 1988 – typed letter from Henri to Sue
    -May 1988 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -May 17, 1988 – handwritten card from Henri to Sue
    -May 15, 1988 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -May 11, 1988 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -April 21, 1988 – postcard from Henri to Sue
    -April 25, 1988 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -April 17, 1988 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -April 18, 1988 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -April 14, 1988 – photocopied handwritten letter from Henri to Brother Andrew
    -April 5, 1988 – handwritten card from Henri to Sue
    -April 3, 1988 – postcard from Henri to Sue
    -March 7, 1988 – postcard from Henri to Sue
    -March 4, 1988 – typed letter from Henri to Sue
    -March 3, 1988 – typed letter from Henri to Sue
    -February 29, 1988 – typed letter to Henri (from Sue?)
    -February 1988 – postcard from Henri to Sue
    -February 25, 1988 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue (Hymn attached, dated February 1, 1988)
    -February 19, 1988 – typewritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -February 18, 1998 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -February 14, 1998 – typewritten letter from Joe Henri
    -December 28, 1987 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -1st Sunday of Advent, 1987 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -October 1987 – handwritten card from Henri to Sue with L’Arche prayer
    -August 25, 1987 – postcard from Henri to Sue from London
    -August 1987 – postcard from Henri to Sue
    -June 23, 1987 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -June 1, 1987 – typed letter from Sue to Henri
    -April 29, 1987 – card from Henri to Sue
    -April 20, 1987 – typed letter from Sue to Henri
    -May 1986 – card from Henri to Sue with L’Arche prayer
    -April 8, 1986 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -April 8, 1986 – postcard from Henri to Sue
    -March (Easter) 1986 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -“Holy Thursday” 1986 – typed letter from Sue to Henri
    -March 1, 1986 – typed letter from Sue to Henri
    -February 9, 1986 – typed letter from Sue to Henri
    -February 5, 1986 – handwritten letter from Henri to Joe
    -February 2, 1986 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -January 10, 1984 – handwritten card from Henri to Sue
    -October 19, 1984 – handwritten letter from Henri to Sue
    -September 22, 1981 – typed letter from Henri to Sue
    -August 11, 1981 – typed letter from Henri to Sue

Remembering a wounded healer

File consists of an article written by Sr. Sue Mosteller on Nouwen, including a photocopy. The article was published in The Journal of Christian Healing 19, no. 3 (Fall 1997): 3 - 8.

Sue Mosteller in conversation with Laurent Nouwen, Sr

File consists of a video recording of Sr. Sue Mosteller interviewing Laurent Nouwen. The interview took place in Nouwen's home with an interpreter. Nouwen spoke in Dutch and it is not possible to hear the interpreter's voice. The interview is long and covers a range of topics. Also includes footage of Maria Nouwen's gravesite and Nouwen's dog.

Sue's travels

File consists of schedules for Sue Mosteller during a trip to Europe in October; a visit to L’Arche U.S. Region Gathering; and her attendance at Project Faith 2001.

Sue's completed engagements 2001-2002

File consists of correspondence and administrative documentation regarding Sue Mosteller’s attendance and participation in various events and retreats. Included area agendas, itineraries and promotional material; event invitation letters; copies of letters and emails sent by Mosteller to event organizers; and travel arrangement documents. Also in the file is a listing of events titled Calendar Files: Sue’s Completed Engagements; Gordon Henry’s curriculum vitae; a biographical sketch about Mosteller; copies of a letter from University of St. Michael’s College President, Richard M. Alway, notifying Mosteller of the school’s decision to award her the degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters, honoris causa and inviting her to a convocation ceremony to receive the honour; and Beth Poter’s curriculum vitae for use in her nomination for the Religion Division of the American Association on Mental Retardation’s Henri J.M. Nouwen Award.

Sue Mosteller

File consists of letters from Sue Mosteller to Henri Nouwen regarding her [sabbatical?] in Texas and feedback about Nouwen’s writing. Included is an account, by Nouwen, titled “The Winter Garden Play in February, 1995 and facts and figures about the production of “One Hear at a Time”. Also in the file is correspondence between Mosteller and Laurent Nouwen regarding the handling of Nouwen’s estate and Franz Jonah’s translation of The Inner Voice of Love; a book reviews of Mosteller’s Body Broken, Body Blessed: Reflections From Life in Community and A Place to Hold My Shaky Heart; photocpies of a 1997 Toronto Star profile of Sue Mosteller and her work with L’Arche Daybreak by Janice Mawhinney; a letter of recommendation for Paula Kilcoyne; an outline for a course about the Pre-Vatican II Rots of Contemporary Spirituality and a recommended bibliography for a course about Church as Mission; certificate recognizing Mosteller as an Earth Angel; Mosteller’s curriculum vitae; and miscellaneous reference material about religious book publishing and Nouwen related events.

Oral History Project

Series consists of materials from the 'Completing the Vision: The Oral History of Henri Nouwen' project that was undertaken by Sister Sue Mosteller, Executrix of the Henri Nouwen Literary Centre in partnership with the Henri Nouwen Society and The Henri Nouwen Archives and Research Collection. The project was funded by grants from the Louisville Institution, the Nouwen Society and gifts in kind. The project intended to capture the personal and intimate nature of Nouwen's life and works by interviewing people from Nouwen's extensive network of intellectuals, clerics, lay ministers and ordinary citizens including those from all socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, faiths and traditions who were influenced by Nouwen or influenced him. The interviews were meant to paint a multi-coloured canvas of Nouwen in his many roles and give us a perspective not available in his own writings. Further, the project was a contribution to the ongoing study of religious experience in the 20th century. The project had three specific goals:

  • Fill in historically significant gaps in the present record of Nouwen's life
  • Gain an understanding of why and how a man of such enormous contradictions touched the lives of so many people and drew criticisms of others
  • To give an opportunity for the wide variety of people who were impacted by Nouwen and who in turn contributed to his theological and pastoral vision to give expression to their experience and understanding

From these goals it is hoped this project would act as a resource for contemporary ministry and be an inspiration for ministers, teachers and lay people alike. Further, the project would compliment the writings of Henri Nouwen and the dozen or so newly published books that have explored his legacy since his death.

The interviews conducted for this project relate to four specific periods in Nouwen's life:

  • Early Seminary/University Years 1951-1964
  • Menniger and Notre Dame Years 1964-1967
  • Yale and Harvard Years 1971-1985
  • Final ten years at L'Arche Daybreak 1986-1987

The interviewees range in age, occupation and geographic location but all had a significant relationship with Nouwen at some point in his life. The methodology of the project involved asking each interviewee to spend 30-40 minutes of their interview naming the influences that formed them, their primary relationships, their mission/profession and how their life crossed with Nouwen's.

Over a 24 month period, 93 interviews were conducted, each averaging two hours in length, providing more than 180 hours of multi-textured content regarding Nouwen's theological vision and its impact. The interviewees also recount events of their personal lives and other significant influences unrelated to their relationship with Nouwen. The interviews took place all over North and South America, Europe and Asia and were documented in audio and/or video format. Some of the interviews have been transcribed and a hard copy and/or electronic copy of the transcription are available. Most the interviews and transcriptions are available in English while some are only available in Dutch.

Henri Nouwen Society

Interview with Sister Sue Mosteller

File consists of an interview with Sister Sue Mosteller interviewed by Elisabeth Pozzi-Thanner. Mosteller is a member of the L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON) community, Literary Executrix of the Henri Nouwen Society and board member of the Henri Nouwen Societies in Canada and the United States. There is a note in the file from Joe Vorstermans regarding scheduling a third interview. A second note indicates the audio and video cassettes have been removed from the file for transcription purposes. The interview is not transcribed and is only available on audio and video cassette.

Oral History Proposal

File consists of records and correspondence related to the grant proposal submitted by the Henri Nouwen Society to the Louisville Institute to fund 'Completing the Vision: The Oral History of Henri Nouwen'. The primary correspondence is between James E. Lewis and William Brosend of the Louisville Institute and Joe Vorstermans and Sue Mosteller of the Henri Nouwen Society. The file also includes draft versions of work plans, budgets, final reports and the proposal; final copies are also in the file.

Letters from Sr. Sue Mosteller

File consists of a letter and a Christmas card from Sr. Sue Mosteller, including a copy of a form letter to Mosteller from David Rothrock.

Letters from Ministry of Money

  • CA ON00389 F4-2-5983
  • File
  • [between 1992 - 1996, predominant 1992]
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of six letters from Don McClanen of the Ministry of Money (Gaithersburg, MD), one of them a faxed copy, and two of them addressed also to Sue Mosteller; a memo from McClanen to Nouwen, Fred Bratman, Jim Wallis, Gordon Cosby, and Dale Stitt with notes from their April 22 meeting at which Nouwen spoke about his wish to build and endow a retreat centre at Dayspring; a faxed copy of a letter from McClanen to Bratman and copies of two letters from Wallis to McClanen, two form letters from McClanen regarding fundraising and workshops organized by the Ministry of Money; typed and edited notes from a retreat for a Ministry of Money group at Daybreak led by Nouwen and Mosteller; brochures about stewardship and Ministry of Money workshops; and agendas and typed notes from these workshops. File also includes a memo from Carl [last name unknown] regarding a telephone call from McClanen, the April 1996 Ministry of Money newsletter, and three versions of a transcript of a talk Nouwen gave on September 16, 1992, on the spirituality of fundraising.

Letters from Sr. Sue Mosteller

File consists of 16 letters from Sr. Sue Mosteller, one addressed to Nouwen and Nathan Ball, a copy of a letter from Fr. Sabourin and Mosteller's response to it.

Letters from Brad Colby

File consists of three letters, one on The Green House stationery, and one Christmas form letter addressed to Nouwen and Sr. Sue Mosteller, from Brad Colby.

Letters from Don McNeill, C.S.C.

File consists of letters, including a photo card, from Don McNeill, C.S.C., also including copies of correspondence with Robert P. McNeill, Sue Mosteller, a short typed letter from Nouwen and a short typed letter from Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant.

Letters from Rev. James Hannah

File consists of letters from Rev. James (Jim) Hannah, Director of the Office of Lay Ministry at the Archdiocese of Toronto, including a letter addressed to Sue Mosteller with Hannah's "The Desert will lead you to your heart where I will speak: Reflections on a Spiritual Journey”.

Miscellaneous materials from L'Arche Daybreak

File consists of a copy of a letter sent by Sr. Sue Mosteller to L. Jackson, Director of the Mental Retardation Resources Branch of the Ministry of Community and Social Services (Government of Ontario) dated March 26, 1979. It is not clear as to the purpose or use Nouwen had for this document.

Material by Sr. Sue Mosteller

File consists of an address given by Sr. Sue Mosteller at the French Renewal in the Summer of 1985 titled "Personal Accompaniment", containing brief handwritten notes by Nouwen on the back page, and a handout titled "Accompaniment of New Assistants".

Photographs of L'Arche Daybreak

File consists of 14 photographs of members of L'Arche Daybreak, taken at events. The photographs were taken while Nouwen was at Daybreak, but it is unknown why these photographs were scanned and placed together. There is one photograph of Nouwen. Photographs include:
1 - Photograph of the Spirit Movers, a dance group consisting of L'Arche Daybreak core members.
2 - Photograph of three unknown individuals speaking into microphones. They are assistants. Bill van Buren can be seen to their right. The man and woman in the center are wearing sweatshirts with the L'Arche Daybreak 25th Anniversary logo. All of those visible are wearing red scarves.
3 - Photograph of two core members working in the Woodery.
4 - Photograph of Francis Maurice wearing a white robe and a crown of thorns, and carrying a wooden cross. Other members of L'Arche Daybreak are visible around him.
5 - Photograph of Henri Nouwen and Francis Maurice welcoming Gail [Stevens] into the Catholic church.
6 - Photograph of Sue Mosteller and Heather Goodchild laughing together.
7 - Photograph of Sue Mosteller washing the feet of Tracy Westerby.
8 - Photograph of Roy Turkel, wearing a newsboy cap, white collared shirt, suspenders, and jeans, laughing and looking to his right.
9 - Photograph of Roy Turkel, Anne P. and John Smeltzer at the 25th Anniversary dinner for L'Arche Daybreak.
10 - Photograph of an assistant, Nathalie [Last name unknown] with Michael Barrett.
11 - Photograph of an unknown woman with a core member.
12 - Photograph of Zenia Kushpeta and Rose Decker opening a present together.
13 - Photograph of Tracy Westerby washing the feet of Sue Mosteller at the foot washing service on Holy Thursday.
14 - Photograph of members of the retirement programme sharing a meal together.

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)

Faith and Sharing Retreat

File consists of 11 audio cassettes from an unknown Faith and Sharing Retreat held, possibly in 1987. Ten of the cassettes, numbered sequentially, feature talks by Jean Vanier. One cassette features a talk by Sue Mosteller.

Covenant Retreat 1996

File consists of 8 audio cassettes featuring talks given at a Covenant Retreat at St. Gabriel's Retreat Centre in Ditchingham, Norfolk, UK, from November 18-24, 1996.

Covenant Retreat May 1993

File consists of 22 audio cassettes featuring talks given at a Covenant Retreat (Retraite de l'Alliance) from May 26-31, 1993. Each talk is in French and English.

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