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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections
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Hearing the Cry of the Poor

File consists of 4 audio cassettes from a Faith and Sharing Retreat in April 1978. The talk on this item is by Jean Vanier, "Hearing the Cry of the Poor." There are 4 volumes (v1-v4).

Hearing the Cry of the Poor Tape 1

Item consists of 1 audio cassettes from a Faith and Sharing Retreat in April 1978. The talk on this item is by Jean Vanier, "Hearing the Cry of the Poor." There are 4 volumes (v1-v4).

Tape 1A

Item consists of 1 audio cassette from a Faith and Sharing Retreat held in August 1982 in Detroit, MI. Item features a talk by Jean Vanier.

Faith and Sharing Retreat Tape 1

Item consists of 1 audio cassette 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.

Teaching materials

  • CA ON00389 F4-7
  • Series
  • 1966 - 1985, 1994; predominant 1971 - 1981
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

Series consists of materials created by Nouwen for use in his capacity as a professor and instructor. These materials include notes for lectures, reading notes, class lists, handouts for students, class schedules, course evaluations, audio recordings of lectures, and records related to the administration of courses.

Series has been divided into two sub-series:

1.7.1. Course handouts, lecture, reading and students notes (1966 - 1994, predominant 1972 - 1981). This sub-series also includes 14 audio recordings of Nouwen's lectures and 357 art slides which he used in his lectures on Van Gogh.
1.7.2. Administrative records (1966 - 1994, predominant 1983-1985)

Further details can be found on the sub-series description level.

Course lectures, handouts, reading, and student notes

Sub-series consists of bound volumes of materials and loose documents created and used by Nouwen for his teaching positions various academic institutions in both North America and Europe. This includes reading notes, preparation notes, lecture notes, typed lecture summaries, course handouts and syllabi, many of which are heavily annotated by Nouwen. It also includes lectures, letters, notes, assignments and course evaluations produced by Nouwen's students and teaching assistants. In addition to the course-specific bound volumes, there are two bound volumes that are labelled as "miscellaneous class material" that relate to Nouwen's early career from 1959 to 1976. This sub-series has been divided into 22 sub-sub series based on the course titles and subjects which Nouwen taught between 1961 and 1994, except for one sub-sub series involving the two-volume set of collected class materials mentioned above.
The sub-sub series are:

  1. Developmental Psychology
  2. Psychology of Personality
  3. Abnormal Psychology
  4. Psychology of Religion
  5. Pastoral Care
  6. Christian Spirituality
  7. Ministry to the Elderly
  8. Hospitality
  9. Discipline and Discipleship
  10. Prison Ministry
  11. Collected Class Materials
  12. The Life and Works of Thomas Merton
  13. Ministry and Spirituality
  14. Ministry in Non-Religious Institutions
  15. The Ministry of Vincent Van Gogh
  16. Compassion
  17. Education and Community
  18. Hesychasm
  19. Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry
  20. Spiritual Direction / Spiritual Life and Spiritual Direction
  21. Introduction to the Spiritual Life
  22. Early Dutch course material

Recording of the lonely search for God

Item consists of: SR4 v1, side 1 "Introduction: From Loneliness to Solitude", side 2 "From Loneliness to Solitude (continued); SR4 v2, side 1 "From Hostility to Hospitality", side 2 "From Hostility to Hospitality (continued); and SR4 v3, side 1 "From Illusion to Prayer", side 2 "Prayer and Community".

Recording of introduction to the spiritual life lectures

Item consists of amateur recordings of lectures from Introduction to the Spiritual Life taught by Nouwen at Harvard Divinity School in Spring 1984. The two audio cassettes contain a number of lectures from this course. SR24 v1 contains lectures on Patiently, Waiting, and In Expectation. SR 24 v2 contains lectures on Temptation and Downward Mobility.

Recording of who are we? : exploring our Christian identity

Item consists of a sound recording (SR114) of Nouwen speaking of our identity as humans and as Christians. Some themes include relationships, belovedness, community, love and communion with others and God. The original address took place at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, County Kildare Ireland in 1991.

Recording of Henri Nouwen on Mourning and dancing

Item consists of a sound recording of Nouwen speaking at the Center for Social Concerns in South Bend, Indiana. This was a three day event from March 19-22, 1992. The audio cassettes are from March 21 when Nouwen spoke on the subject of mourning and dancing. Also includes singing, prayers and stories from core members of different L'Arche Communities. SR115v1 contains part I; SR115v2 contains part II.

Recording of Henri Nouwen on Caring for the whole person: the relationship between spirituality and medical care

Item consists of a sound recording of Nouwen speaking at York Central Hospital, in Richmond Hill on June 3, 1992. Nouwen spoke on the subject of spirituality and medical care. Some topics covered include forgiveness during times of grave illness, the experience of being near death, and the need to shift caring for the sick away from viewing illness as "the great enemy" and death as failure. Nouwen talks of the necessity of befriending illness and death, and to address and accept mortality.

Materials regarding Thomas Merton

Sub-series consists of materials collected by Nouwen related to Thomas Merton. Sub-series includes newspaper articles, mimeographed letters from Merton, several copies of Merton’s manuscripts and several of Merton’s commercially produced audio cassette recordings of his talks to the monks and community of the Abbey of Gethsemani. Sub-series also contains Nouwen’s own records of the materials he collected on Merton. Sub-series also includes materials relating to Merton’s death in 1968 and homilies of funeral services held in his honour.

Collected commercial audio cassettes

File consists of 43 commercial audio cassette tapes collected by Nouwen. Audio cassettes include:

Stages of Contemplation: The presence of God - SR189
Stages of Contemplation: Praying in the spirit - SR190
Stages of Contemplation: Marriage: Call to contemplation - SR191
Stages of Contemplation: The process of contemplation - SR192
Stages of Contemplation: Growing in prayer - SR193
Stages of Contemplation: To be Eucharist - SR194
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: Fidelity to remembering - SR195
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: Coming home and passing over - SR196
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: The enfleshed heart of life - SR197
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: Desert fertility - SR198
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: The hidden and the revealed - SR199
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: Brokenness - SR200
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: The call to harmony - SR201
Sister Jose Hobday, OSF: Retreat and reentry - SR202
"CNN Report": Palm Sunday by K. Himle / 4/4/1993 - SR203
Most significant civil rights case of the decade by David Brown - SR204
The common sense of God - SR205
King of the Nation - SR206
Taking care of business: Called or driven by Bob Buford - SR207

Prophets for today - Cardinal John O'Connor - SR208
Abortion and race genocide - SR209
The war against population by Dr. Kasun - SR210
Christ in the New Testament 3/29/92 - SR211
The Nurturing Network: Pro-life in a pro-choice world - SR212
The Nurturing Network: "Practical idealism: Compassion in action" - SR213
The Nurturing Network: How to build an effective social ministry - SR214

2451 of Rumi and apocalypse with Andrew Harvey - SR215

Creating an inner path for real magic: Applying real magic awareness in everyday life I - SR216
Creating an inner path for real magic: Applying real magic awareness in everyday life II - SR217
Creating an inner path for real magic: Applying real magic awareness in everyday life III - SR218
Creating an inner path for real magic: Applying real magic awareness in everyday life IV - SR219
How can I help? - SR220 (sent to Nouwen from B. Crowley)
The liturgical year - SR221 (given to Sue and Kathy from Bob [last name unknown])
Joni Earekson Tada 11/8/92 - SR222
Michael Kelly Blanchard and selected topics - SR223
Fr. William: Hesychasm: Introduction #201 - SR224
Fr. William: Hesychasm: Desert fathers and doctrine #202 - SR225
Fr. William: Hesychasm: Gnosis #203 - SR226
Fr. William: Hesychasm: and poverty #204 - SR227
Fr. William: Hesychasm and celibacy & Hescichasm and encrateia - SR228

Fr. William: Hesychasm and fasting & hesychasm and moral life - SR229
Fr. William: Hesychasm - The Jesus prayer first conference - SR230
Fr. William: Hesychasm - The Jesus prayer second conference - SR231

Collected non-commercial audio cassettes

File consists of 11 non-commercial audio cassette tapes collected by Nouwen. Audio cassettes include:

Beloved child - SR232
F. Entrevista - SR233
Fr. Mathew Klety/Thomas Ronseitz on Jane Norton - SR234
Filartiga tape - SR235
Geschichten das at - SR236
Harry Booth - SR237 (possibly a letter on tape)

Tony Melendez - SR238 (possibly a letter on tape)

Elie Wiesel: Hasidic laughter - SR239
Elie Wiesel: Hasidic grandeur - SR240
Elie Wiesel: Hasidic melancholy - SR241
Elie Wiesel: Hasidic wisdom - SR242

4. "Je suis la servante du Seigneur"

Item consists of 1 audio cassette featuring a Covenant Retreat (Retraite de l'Alliance) in April 1984, with talks by Pere M.D. Philippe, O.P. The title of the retreat was, "L'Alliance et le mystere de la croix."

10. "Nourritures pour les pauvres"

Item consists of 1 audio cassette featuring a Covenant Retreat (Retraite de l'Alliance) in April 1984, with talks by Pere M.D. Philippe, O.P. The title of the retreat was, "L'Alliance et le mystere de la croix."

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