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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections
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Spiritual direction: an invitation to abundant life

Item consists of a book written by Francis W. Vanderwall for which Nouwen has written the foreword and expressed his praise for it being "gutsy." He states, in part, that "[in] the midst of our violent, harsh and often merciless world this gentle, compassionate, non-judgmental and caring book is a true treasure."

Gratefulness, the heart of prayer: an approach to life in fullnes

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen has written the foreword, stating in part that the book "throws a ray of light in our dark world and makes us see that we can live here and now as people who can be constantly surprised and who can let an 'inch of surprise become a mile of gratefulness.'"

Living with apocalypse: spiritual resources for social compassion

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen is interviewed in the chapter beginning on p. 15 titled: "A Conversation with Henri J.M. Nouwen" in which he talks about many subjects including living with the poor in Peru, divine gifts, protest, peacemakers, the mystical life, identity, and suffering.

Modern spirituality: an anthology

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen, Donald P. McNeill, and Douglas A. Morrison have written Chapter 12, beginning on p. 106, titled: "Action" which is a selection from their book Compassion.

Roots and wings: Dreamers and doers of the Christian family movement

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen has written the foreword, stating in part: "It is a great joy for me to recommend this book to the reader because in it I see a strong affirmation that claiming God's gifts, trusting in the power of love and acting in faith are the ways to live a fruitful life in the midst of a power hungry world."

Van Gogh and God: a creative spiritual quest

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen has written the foreword, stating in part: "I am deeply grateful that Van Gogh and God has been written and I am convinced that those who read it will find in Vincent a lasting spiritual companion."

Praying for peace

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen has contributed, on p. 49-50, a prayer titled: "The Bitter Cup."

Discipleship

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen has written the foreword, stating in part: "It is a prophetic book in a time in which few people dare to speak unpopular but truly healing words. What makes Arnold's words so healing is that they are not based on an idea, an ideology or a theory, but on an intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ."

Mijn laatste biecht

Item consists of a book written by Nouwen's father, which includes an excerpt from Henri's book: Met de dood voor ogen = Our Greatest Gift.

Life and holiness

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen has written the introduction. Nouwen states in part: "'What book do I give to someone who wants to know what being-a-Christian looks like?' This is definitely the book. It is not a book about doctrines or dogmas but about the life in Christ."

Practical counseling tools for pastoral workers

Item consists of a book in which, on p. 15, Nouwen is quoted from Reaching Out : The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life. "To live a spiritual life, writes Henri Nouwen, 'means first of all to come to the awareness of the inner polarities between which we are held in tension.'"

Talking together: exploring the Christian year with under fives: themed dialogues, activities, music and prayers

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen has written the foreword, stating in part: "I am deeply convinced that anyone who will use this book to help little toddlers to keep their hearts open to God's gracious presence in their lives not only will offer a great blessing to the little ones but also receive a great blessing for themselves."

Books about Nouwen

Sub-series consists of four books written between 1985 and 1994 about Nouwen or containing a chapter about Nouwen. The two books written in 1994 represent student theses-like material on Nouwen's life. The other two books reflect on the lives of many individuals; Nouwen is represented in one chapter of each book. The books have been described at the item level.

Henri Nouwen: prophet of conversion

Item consists of a photocopy of a chapter of Annice Callahan's book Spiritual guides for today : Evelyn Underhill, Dorothy Day, Karl Rahner, Simone Weil, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen.

Manuscripts by Thomas Merton

  • CA ON00389 F4-12-1-14002-1, 14002-2
  • File
  • [mimeographed after 1968]
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of seventeen mimeographed copies of published and unpublished manuscripts written by Merton. Attached to several of the manuscripts are summaries of the work in Dutch. The file also contains a two page document describing Merton’s last recorded reflections and several of Merton's quotes by an unknown author. Mimeographed manuscripts have been arranged chronologically by the archivist and include:

File 14002-1:
“Isaac of Stella: An Introduction” - date unknown (38-238) 2 copies
“Is the World a Problem?” - April 1966 (38-238)
“Christian Humanism” - May 1966 (38-236)
“A Christian Looks at Zen” - July 1966 (38-237)
“Camus and the Catholic Church” - August 1966 (38-236)
“D.T. Suzuki: The Man and His Work” - August 1966 (38-237) 2 copies
“Love and Need: Is Love a Package or a Message?” - September 1966 (38-239)
“Three Saviors” - September 1966 (38-240)
“Faulkner and His Critics” - February 1967 (38-238)

File 14002-2:
“The Meaning of Malcolm X” - May 1967 (38-239)
“The Shoshoneans” - May 1967 (38-240)
“Camus: Journals of the Plague Years” - April 1967 (38-236)
“Openness and Cloister” - July 1967 (38-239) 2 copies
“The Hot Summer of Sixty-Seven” - August 1967 (38-238)
“Is the 'Contemplative Life' Finished?” - October 1967 (38-238)
“Conference on Prayer” - 1968 (38-237) 2 copies
“Monastic Experience and East-West Dialogue” - 1968 (38-239) 2 copies
“Merton View of Monasticism” - 1968 (38-239) (author unknown)

Materials created by Nouwen about the items collected on Merton

File consists of 34 typed 13 x 20 flash cards summarizing the material Nouwen collected on Merton, flash cards are in English. File also includes two typed summaries, in Dutch, of "Love and Solitude" and "The Monastic Theology of St. Aelred" as well as two black and white prints of Merton from 1941 and 1968.

Collected circus materials

File consists of a variety of materials related to the circus. Includes book lists in Dutch, sketches, a print price list, a copy of an excerpt from the book ‘A second birthday’ by William Stringfellow referring to the circus and a postcard picturing The Flying Rodleighs in action. The postcard is a promotion of the 1995/96 Wereld Sterren Circus. The file also consists of a long typed letter to The Flying Rodleighs from Nouwen dated May 14, 1991.

Circus decoupage

File consists of individual circus colour prints cut from a larger piece of paper, possibly wrapping paper, and glued to 8.5 x 11 sheets of white paper. File also includes a section of the larger paper the individual prints were taken from.

Circus programmes

File consists of six circus programmes dating from about 1993 to 1996. Three of the programmes are in German, two from ‘Circus Barum’ (ca. 1993 and ca. 1996) and one from ‘Der Grosse Asiatiche Circus’ (ca. 1993), three programmes are in Dutch from ‘Kerstcircus Ahoy 1994/1995’, ‘Wereld Sterren Circus 1995/1996’ and 'Circus Carré 1995'.

Materials about the trapeze by Steve Gossard

File consists of two versions of “A reckless era of aerial performance: The evolution of trapeze” a self-published book by Steve Gossard on the trapeze. The first book was printed in 1991 and bears an inscription to Nouwen from Gossard and the second is printed in 1994. Both books contain the article “Frank and the great leapers” by Gossard, published in Bandwagon, July/August 1990.

Interview typescript with Jon Griggs

File consists of an unbound copy of the typescript of the interview with Jon Griggs, catcher for The Flying Rodleighs, by Nouwen which occurred in November of 1991 in Kassel. Throughout this typescript Jon's name was incorrectly transcribed as John.

Interview typescript with Karlene Stevens

File consists of an unbound copy of the typescript of the interview with Karlene Stevens, the sister of Rodleigh Stevens, by Nouwen which occurred in November of 1991 in Kassel. This copy is the same draft as the draft in 14015, but it has different annotations.

Interview typescripts with Rodleigh Stevens

File consists of an unbound copy of the typescripts of the interview with Rodleigh Stevens by Nouwen, which occurred in November of 1991 in Kassel and which consists of two audio cassettes' worth of interview. File 14016-1 is the typescript of Tape 1 and file 14016-2 is the typescript of Tape 2. Throughout these typescripts Rodleigh Stevens' last name was incorrectly transcribed as Stephens.

Night after night

Item consists of a book given to Nouwen by the author. The book is a work of fiction.

Chrétiens: toutes dimensions

Item consists of a copy of a portion of a booklet called "Chrétiens: toutes dimensions", by Jean Vanier and Eric Julien. The article is about the Easter 1991 pilgrimage to Lourdes of 12,000 handicapped pilgrims from all over the world.

The clever retort

Item consists of a copy of a newspaper article called "The clever retort", by John Berendt. The article is about examples of witty and clever retorts throughout history.

The healing community

Item consists of an article called "The healing community" by Jean Vanier. The article is about healing and wholeness through belonging and the community.

Instruction on certain aspects of the "theology of liberation"

Item consists of a copy of an article called "Instruction on certain aspects of the "theology of liberation" by Joseph Card. Ratzinger. The article is an instruction given at the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith held in Rome, Italy, August 6, 1984 at the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord.

An interrupted life: From the diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943

Item consists of a copy of an article called "An interrupted life: from the diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943" by Etty Hillesum. The article is an excerpt of a book of the same name. Etty Hillesum was a Dutch Jew who kept a diary during World War Two about her life during this time.

Must Women Weep?

Item consists of a photocopy of an article titled "Must Women Weep?" by Harrison Smith.

The narrator

Item consists of a copy of a page from a play, the title on the page is "The narrator". The page of the play is about love and is a speech given by the narrator. The play is called "The Ballad".

Standing his ground

Item consists of a magazine article called "Standing his ground" by Michael Norman. The article is about men, aggression, and anger.

That Dutch church

Item consists of a copy of an article called "That Dutch church" by John Wijngaards. The article is about the history of the church in the Netherlands.

US urges new plan to handle refugees

Item consists of a copy of an newspaper article called "US urges new plan to handle refugees" by Pornpimol Kanchanalak. The article is about Thailand's attempt to slow Vietnamese boat people and refugees from entering the country.

Postcards and icons

Sub-series consists of approximately 500 postcards and icons collected by Nouwen. The postcards are blank except for three which contain letters on the verso. Nouwen maintained the collection of postcards and icons in three plastic index card boxes. The first section contains postcards largely of a religious nature, including architecture churches, monasteries, etc. from around the world) and artwork by Van Gogh, Chagall, Rodin, Degas, Renoir, Barlach, and others, as well as postcards of New York. Also contains a photograph of a sculpture of Jesus on the cross and the three postcards with letters.
The second section contains postcards of a religious nature, including architecture (churches, monasteries, etc. from around the world) and artwork by Renoir, Van Gogh, Rodin, and others. Also contains postcards of people, flowers and nature scenes, and scenes of places from predominantly around the US.
The third section contains envelopes of icons and postcards. The envelopes are labelled "Icons", "Marthe Robin", "Archives", "Abbey of the Genesee", "Marthe Robin", "Genesee", "Rembrandt", "Check For Archives" and "Freiburg Cards". Also contains some loose cards in the back, as well as a photograph of a picture of Edith Stein in 1925 and a photograph of a church, inscribed in Dutch on the back. This box also contains icon ordination cards from the 25th anniversary of Nouwen's ordination.

Hiltner Articles – 1957

File consists of copies of articles written by Seward Hiltner in 1957. Date unknown as to when Nouwen collected the articles; possibly while he was at the University of Notre Dame.

Hiltner Articles – 1960

File consists of copies of articles written by Seward Hiltner in 1960. Date unknown as to when Nouwen collected the articles; possibly while he was at the University of Notre Dame.

Hiltner Articles – 1963

File consists of copies of articles written by Seward Hiltner in 1963. Date unknown as to when Nouwen collected the articles; possibly while he was at the University of Notre Dame.

Hiltner Articles – 1967

File consists of copies of articles written by Seward Hiltner in 1967. Date unknown as to when Nouwen collected the articles; possibly while he was at the University of Notre Dame.

Hiltner Articles – 1968-1971

File consists of copies of articles written by Seward Hiltner between 1968 and 1971. Date unknown as to when Nouwen collected the articles; possibly while he was at the University of Notre Dame. File also contains a bound article with personalized handwritten note to Nouwen from Hiltner.

Hiltner - Papers, Manuscripts

File consists of copies of two short manuscripts by Seward Hiltner entitled, “Religious Anxiety and Values (Self Understanding By S. Hiltner)” (Abingdon Press, New York 1951), and “Clinical Pastoral Education: An Appraisal 1960”.

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