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Henri Nouwen fonds File
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Fall 1984 retreat notes file

File consists of materials employed in the preparation of the 1984 fall retreat. File includes handwritten notes in Nouwen’s hand for the retreat as well as a note from Sue Mosteller.

Formation course Nov/Dec 1988 - the spirituality of L'Arche file

File consists of materials relating to a formation course on the Spirituality of L'Arche animated by Nouwen, Debbie Leuchner and Susan Zimmerman in November – December 1988 as well as a letter from Nouwen to Leuchner in regards to preparing for the course and its format. File also contains a schedule for the course offered during March – April [1989?].

Gospel of St. John - resources file

File consists of materials in regards to the Gospel of St. John course Nouwen offered in February and March of 1991. File includes letters and memos to the participants from Nouwen, and letters of interest in the course from Daybreak members. The file also contains several pages of handwritten notes in Nouwen's hand in preparation for the course.

Guatemala - church in exile file

File consists of material relating to Guatemala, such as newsletters, booklets, copies of articles as well as handwritten notes in Nouwen's hand about Guatemala.

Guatemala - Kearns, Sr. F.

File consists of a copy of a manuscript by Shelton H. Davis entitled “The evangelical holy war of El Quiché” and a handwritten note by Nouwen with Sr. Francis Kearns address.

Holy Spirit booklet file

File consists of materials pertaining to the creation of the ‘Waiting together for the Holy Spirit’ booklet in 1990 for Daybreak, this includes an original and a copy of the 1990 ‘Waiting together for the Holy Spirit’ booklet, as well as copies of prints used in the booklet. File also contains an original typed letter and signed from Nouwen to the Daybreak community in regards to the booklet and the importance of the week between Ascension Day and Pentecost.

Holy week booklet file

File consists of materials related to the carrying out of Lent at Daybreak in 1989, materials includes schedule of events as well as the original and finished copy of the 1989 Holy Week Booklet for Daybreak. File also contains a published pamphlet written by Nouwen called “Returning: God’s love call us home: Reflection for the days of lent”.

Icons file

File consists of copies of chapters of books, brochures, booklets, and a manuscript about icons.

Insight meditation file

File consists of information and a letter by James W. Skehan regarding a 10 day Buddhist retreat at the Insight Meditation Institute.

Israels, Isaac

File consists of an art guide of paintings by Isaac Israels (1865-1934) from the van Voorst van Beest Gallery in The Hague, Netherlands.

Kairos file

File consists of information booklets regarding Kairos House, San Francisco, California, a resource center for care givers of HIV affected persons.

L'Arche Daybreak general files

File consists of material collected during Nouwen's work at L'Arche Daybreak, including correspondence; manuals; Holy Week schedules; an informal paper Daybreak Award; Holy Week booklet from 1989; and meeting agendas. The file contains many original signed letters and memos from Nouwen to Daybreak and various persons, as well as copied of letters and memos. The file also contains introductory documents of Daybreak and documents related to pay, constitution, responsibilities, and the organization of Daybreak. Materials summarizing the scheduling of Nouwen’s engagements as well as copies of various council meeting minutes are also found in this file. The file also contains letters and memos Nouwen received from Daybreak in relation to his functions there.

Latin America - Bolivia file

  • CA ON00389 F4-13-14190
  • File
  • 1982 - 1988, predominant 1986 - 1988
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of letters from Félix Gregori and Alcibíades Rodriguez Suarez as well as newsletters pertaining to Latin America called "Andean focus" and "Update". File also contains a photograph attached to the letter dated December 23, 1986, in which Alcibíades Rodriguez Suarez asks Nouwen to sponsor his four month old son to be baptized.


File consists of a handwritten list of names (in Nouwen's hand). Some names are crossed off. Some of the names include Mary Carney, Jutta Ayer, Michael Harank, Bob Durback, and many others.

List of contacts

File consists of a list of Chaplains in Beale, CA, and the telephone number and address for the chapel.

Mogabgab, John file

File consists of copies of manuscripts written by John Mogabgab as well as copies of handwritten notes in Nouwen’s hand outlining a course they taught together in 1982 called “Parker on Community: Expectant Waiting”.

Molina, Father Uriel file

File consists of a letter from Solveig D. Eskedahl and Joseph L. Sholkin on behalf of Fr. Uriel Molina as well as a copy of a “letter to the editors” letter written by Molina regarding Nicaragua and Central America. The file also contains a copy of the Nicaragua portion of a book with an unknown title, the table on contents is copied with the Nicaraguan portion.

Nouwen bibliography

File consists of a "List of Henri Nouwen Titles by Publisher" (April 1991); a copy of "Theology and Experience: A Complete Bibliography on Henri Nouwen" by Robert Durback (TSF Bulletin September-October 1983); a copy of Christian Spirituality: A Short Bibliography; and a photocopy of "The Life of Christian Devotion Bibliography."

Nuclear issues file

File consists of materials pertaining to nuclear war and pastoral issues, includes two published booklets as well as a copy of an article “Nuclear weapons and nuclear war: The shape of the Catholic debate” by David Hollenbach.

Our Lady of Sorrows file

File consists of a card with two picture cutouts of stained glass windows depicting St. Luke and St. John. On the verso, inscribed in pen, possible Nouwen's hand, verses from John 19:25-37 and Luke 2:33-35.

Palmgrove Community

File consists of a promotional leaflet about the Palmgrove Community in Utu-Abak, Nigeria. The leaflet is titled "A Day in the Life of Shared Work Learning and Joy" and gives information and pictures on the laundry department, the medical clinic, the school, and Palmgrove tiles (a source of income for the community).

Pastoral team, L'Arche

File consists of materials created by the Pastoral Team between 1992 and 1996 [predominant 1995]. This includes the Holy Week 1996 schedule; minutes of meetings of the Pastoral team; list of the 1996-1997 Pastoral Team; memos regarding meetings and meeting agendas; "Suggestions for Homilists and Readers regarding anti-Judaism in New Testament readings" from L'Arche Daybreak Pastoral Team Ecumenical and Interfaith Committee; Proposed Mandate for Beth Porter's Inter-confessional Ministry; Holy Thursday Service (April 4, 1996) and Easter Vigil (April 6, 1996) schedules with notepad of Holy Sacrament of Baptism forms; "Some Reflections on the Pastor, the Pastoral Team and the Pastoral Team Leader"; letter from Archbishop of Toronto with concerns about the Provincial Government's proposed legislation to extend spousal benefits to same-sex couples; and a Confirmation certificate for Gail Stevens.

Peace Pentecost file

File consists of handwritten notes in Nouwen’s hand regarding Peace Pentecost and a pamphlet from a mass given by Nouwen on May 26, 1985, as part of a conference organized by the Sojourners Peace Ministry. The conference was titled, "The Rise of Christian Conscience: A national conference for Christian Nonviolence and Civil Disobedience," and took place in Washington, D.C., May 25-28, 1985.

Peace pilgrim file

File consists of newsletters from Peace Pilgrim as well as information pertaining to the organization. File also contains letters from Peace Pilgrim to Nouwen.

Peacemaking - World Peacemakers file

File consists of materials relating to the World Peacemakers, Inc., materials include newsletters, copies of typed letters from Nouwen on both Daybreak and World Peacemakers, Inc. letterhead, letters to Nouwen from various people at World Peacemakers, Inc.

Peru file

File consists of materials relating to Peru, such material include letters written in Spanish, Peru Update newsletters and a newspaper article. File also contains two photographs attached to the letter dated August 21, 1984.

Proposal for Dayspring Addition

File consists of correspondence with Joe Lobko (Architect) regarding a proposed addition to the Dayspring and a possible exemption from the Site Plan Process. This includes a proposal for an apartment for Nouwen. Also includes a letter from April 1993 from Nouwen to Daybreak friends regarding his plans for 1993-1995 (including a sabbatical in 1995 and writing a book on the Flying Rodleighs).

Rabbula: Icon of glory file

File consists of materials relating to the Rabbula: Icon of Glory, these materials include three photographs of icons with a sticky in S. Ron's hand: "The Slide Program Icon Glory will offer the information on these."; two audio cassette tapes of the slide show and a paper copy of a slide show. The file also contains a manuscript pertaining to Rabbula Gospel. The materials appear to have been given to Nouwen by S. Ron.

St. Francis file

File consists of a Marvel Comics comic book entitled “Francis: Bother of the universe: His complete life story” as well as two newspaper articles on the publication of the comic book.

St. Peter im Schwarzwald

File consists of a pamphlet regarding the Abbey of St. Peter in the Black Forest, Germany, in the village of St. Peter im Schwarzwald. Pamphlet includes photographs.

Stichting Philadelphia Voorzieningen

File consists of a publication titled "Zorg Technologie & Omgeving", "Jaarverslag 1993" [Care Technology and Environment", "Annual Report 1993"]. This was published by the Protestants-christelijke Stichting Philadelphia Voorzieningen (SPV) [Protestant Philadelphia Foundation Services] in June 1994. Includes a letter to the reader from C. Hovenkamp, the CEO of the Board of Directors. SPV is located in Vierhouten, Netherlands.

Stories file

File consists of copies of three short stories and one poem by various authors.

St. Martin de Porres Award

File consists of the St. Martin de Porres Award bestowed to Nouwen by the Southern Dominicans for his spiritual writing and his work with the disabled.

Catholic Press Association Journalism Award

File consists of the Catholic Press Association Journalism Award for Best Treatment on Prayer, which Nouwen received for his article “Unceasing Prayer” in America magazine, and one letter from Joseph A. O’ Hare, editor of America, notifying Nouwen of the award.

Christopher Award

File consists of the Christopher Award medallion awarded to Henri Nouwen as well as two copies of the award ceremony's program and a New York Times newspaper clipping about the award ceremony.

Theology diploma from Corpus Studiosorum Nobiomagensium Carolus Magnus

File consists of one theology diploma from Corpus Studiosorum Nobiomagensium Carolus Magnus. This diploma is likely Nouwen's degree from the seminary, which he received after his ordination. The diploma has a raised red wax seal with a ribbon. Diploma is dated November 5, 1957.

Two briefcases

File consists of two suitcases, one brown (E118) and one black (E119) with a combination lock, owned by Nouwen in the course of his life.

Prayers and psalms

File consists of three prayers by Nouwen entitled "A Parable," "Father," and "May the face...".


File consists of one variegated magenta wool stole with large tassels, one multi-coloured stole made from woven cotton possibly made in Central or South America, and one blended red woolen stole.

Two icons

File consists of two icons. Icons are:
E138: Possibly from the Ukraine or Russia, in a plastic silver frame. Print of a saint holding a large wooden cross and wearing purple and red robes, as well as a crown. Text next to the figure is in Russian.
E139: Print of "the Savior of Zvenigorod" affixed to wooden base. This print is likely a copy of a fresco or painting, as parts of the artwork are missing.

Glass chalices and paten

File consists of two clear glass chalices, and one clear glass paten. One of the chalices is slightly larger than the other. These chalices were used by Nouwen while he was a priest at L'Arche Daybreak. The cups were made by a glassblower in Vermont, Simon Pearce. Nouwen liked the clear glass because the wine could be seen, and many people could drink from them. He wrote, in Can You Drink the Cup, "These glass cups speak about a new way of being a priest and a new way of being human."

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