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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections
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Photograph of Nouwen, Borys Gudziak, Sr. Sue Mosteller and others

Item consists of a photograph of Nouwen's retreat weekend during his second trip to the Ukraine; seated in back row, from left to right: Nouwen, unidentified man, Borys Gudziak, Cheryl Zinyk, and Sr. Sue Mosteller. Several unidentified people are also visible in the back- and foreground.

Photograph of Nouwen leading Easter Vigil

Item consists of a photograph of Nouwen, wearing clerical robes, standing and looking at a book during the Easter Vigil at L'Arche Daybreak; Sr. Sue Mosteller and Bill Van Buren are visible seated in the background.

Photograph of Nouwen and Bill Van Buren

Item consists of a photograph of Nouwen, wearing clerical robes, holding a microphone and standing next to Bill Van Buren, who is also wearing robes (possibly during celebrations for the 25th anniversary of L'Arche Daybreak).

Photograph of Nouwen and Alan Cook [Steers]

Item consists of a photograph of Nouwen, wearing a blue collared shirt and dark tie, seated in the original "Dayspring" with Alan Cook (Steers), their arms around each other's shoulders.

Portrait of Gabriel [Gavigan?]

Item consists of a photograph, taken by an unknown professional photographer, of Gabriel (Gavigan?), seated and wearing a green and blue sweater and suspenders.

Abbey of the Genesee file

  • CA ON00389 F4-13-14055
  • File
  • 1982 - 1996, predomonant 1982 - 1985
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of twelve letters from Brother Christian at the Abbey of the Genesee between 1982 and 1996, predominantly 1982-1985. File also contains a photograph and copies of two articles with one of the articles referring to Nouwen's death.

Art/artists - Resources file

File consists of two copies of Rembrandt’s self-portrait, a Spring 1989 newsletter from The Pierpont Morgan Library with an article mentioning Rembrandt and a guide to the Rembrandt exhibit at the Rijksmuseum with a small print of the Rembrandt's Prodigal Son. Also included is a postcard depicting "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee" by Rembrandt and a slide featuring the same painting.

File also consists of an article about an art installation titled "Celestial Vault at Kijkduin" by James Turrell. This was an installation in the dunes near The Hague, created by Turrell (an American artist). There is also an article titled "Een cilinder vol zeegeruis" by Jan Wolkers, a Dutch author and artist.

Photograph of Nouwen

Item consists of a slide featuring a photograph of Nouwen. Nouwen is wearing a white collared shirt and a plaid tie. He is gesturing towards the camera.

Calendar files

Series consists of files containing correspondence and other material related to Nouwen's day to day engagements. Nouwen received dozens of invitations each month to give lectures or talks, lead retreats, preside at religious occasions, and provide spiritual direction. Requests came from a wide range of institutions, organisations and individuals, the majority having some sort of religious affiliation. Invitations from institutions included university divinity schools, seminaries, hospital pastoral departments, churches, and Christian retreat centres. Invitations from organisations included the National Catholic AIDS Network, the Ministry of Money, and the Archdiocese of Toronto. Invitations from individuals included requests for Nouwen to preside over masses, weddings, funerals, baptisms and ordinations, and those interested in personal spiritual direction. Such requests often came from priests, ministers, pastors, and chaplains. The majority of Nouwen's engagements took place in the Northeastern United States, Southern Ontario, and Holland. However, he also attended events in Illinois, Texas, California, British Columbia, Quebec, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the Ukraine. After Nouwen's move to L'Arche Daybreak in 1986, files were created to plan and document special events associated with his role as pastor. There are files regarding community meetings, community weekends, assistant workshops, visits to other L'Arche communities and meetings of the International Federation of L'Arche.
Generally, when an invitation was accepted a file was created and arranged chronologically according to the date of the event. In some cases the file contains material regarding events scheduled in the same city and in the case of 1985 material regarding an entire months schedule. However, typically the files are organised by event/engagement. In addition to the date of the event the title of the file would often include the name of a person or organisation and/or the event and/or the location of the event. A typical file consists of the initial letter of invitation describing the nature of the request, follow-up correspondence to confirm dates and other arrangements, details regarding Nouwen's role at the event, drafts of promotional material, reference material on the organization(s) involved, the event, the issue and the location, and travel documents. In some cases, the file will also contain handwritten or typed notes, copies of outgoing letters, schedules, programs, bulletins, evaluations completed by attendees, thank you letters and cards from the organiser of the events and others, newspaper clippings of the events and/or the published version of his speech or lecture. Outgoing letters only begin to be seen after 1986 and after that they are not consistent. Much of the correspondence after 1986 is further enriched by the annotations of Nouwen and his assistants Connie Ellis (1986-1992) and Kathy Christie (1992-1996) at L'Arche Daybreak. Other members of the community, including Sue Mosteller, Joe Vorstermans, Nathan Ball and Elizabeth Buckley, also contributed to the files.
The files were created between 1980 and 1996, however, the file titles themselves extend to 1998 because events were often scheduled two or more years in advance. There are no files for January 1982 to April 1985. The files from 1985 contain invitations only from March to August grouped by month. There are no files for June 1987 to May 1990. Approximately 74% of the files in the series are for June 1990 to August 1995. Their are only a small number of files for September 1995 to October 1998, this is likely because Nouwen was on sabbatical from September 1995 to September 1996. The files contain gaps and inconsistencies due to Nouwen's frequent movement between 1982 and 1986 as well as changes in Nouwen's support staff and their differing recordkeeping techniques.
This series provides an excellent overview of Nouwen's schedule of events and specific information regarding his participation at those events. Noteworthy are the handwritten and typed notes used for speaking engagements (some are unpublished) as well as copies of outgoing letters written by Nouwen.

Talk at St. Philips Lutheran Church - October 24, 1980

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's participation in a number of lectures and events in Minnesota. Correspondence, with David Williamson, regarding Nouwen's lecture given at the Colonial Church of Edina, Annual Fall Lectureship on October 23, 1980 in Edina, Minnesota. Nouwen spoke on "Solitude and Intimacy in Contemporary Society." Correspondence, from William Hulme, regarding Nouwen's lecture at Luther-Northwestern Seminaries conference "Challenge for the Ministry in the Eighties III," on October 24, 1980, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Nouwen's talk was entitled "Spirituality of Compassion," where he spoke on compassion and patience. Correspondence with, Vincent Eilers, regarding Nouwen acting as celebrant at the Serra Seminary Symposium, for St. John Vianney College Seminary and St. Paul Seminary on October 25, 1980. Nouwen spoke on "Spiritual Life in the 1980s." Includes brochures, flyers, song sheets, travel itinerary and thank you cards and letters from attendees of his talks. Also includes a news clipping on the event at the Serra Seminary Symposium and a photograph of the Colonial Church of Edina.

Letters from Michael Christensen

File consists of letters from (Rev.) Michael J. Christensen of the Golden Gate Community Mission in San Francisco, CA., as well as copies of Christensen's articles "The Mystery of Kairos" and "The Mystery of Kenosis".

Letters from Andrew and Wendy Dreitcer

File consists of letters from Andrew and Wendy Dreitcer. Previously they were B. Andrew Deeter and Wendy Alice Rice and combined their last names when they got married.

Letters from Rev. David C. Duncombe

File consists of letters from Rev. David (Dave) C. Duncombe, regarding his AIDS minstry and his protest of arms shipments to Latin America, including two short typed letters from Connie Ellis, Nouwen's assistant, and Ducombe's typescript "Prayer and Fasting: The Spiritual Journey of a Political Faster".

Letters from Myra Alexander

File consists of letters from Myra Alexander, many of which are dictated and written by others, as Myra is disabled.

Letters from Chaplain Frank Hamilton

File consists of letters from Frank M. Hamilton, a chaplain in the Presbyterian Church and later in the U.S. Army, including a photo card featuring two photographs of Nouwen giving a lecture.

Letters from Rose Marciano Lucey

File consists of letters from Rose Marciano Lucey and long typed letter from Nouwen regarding the death of Daniel Lucey, Rose's husband. File also contains memorial cards, obituaries and funeral mass material.

Letters from Foster Parents Plan

File consists of letters from Foster Parents Plan, regarding Nouwen's sponsorship of a young boy, Hugo Corini, from Bolivia, including short notes from Hugo (translated by the agency).

Letters from Jennifer and Bob Saint John

File consists of letters and information packages from Jennifer and Bob Saint John, most regarding the Interfaith Center to Reverse the Arms Race (Pasadena, CA), including copies of letters from members of the Southern California Ecumenical Council, the Center for Defense Information, the Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, the New Jewish Agenda, the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, the Presbyterian Synod of Southern California and Hawaii, the Southern California Conference of the United Church of Christ, the South Pacific District of the American Lutheran Church, First Lutheran Church of Glendale, CA, Bishop Jack M Tuell and the Religious Society of Friends.

Letters from Mich and Mary Zeman

File consists of letters from Mich and Mary Zeman, including two typed letters of recommendation for Mich Zeman and a very long typed letter from Nouwen, as well as a joint letter written by Nouwen and Mich to members of their fall 1980 course, Spiritual Direction.

Letters from Marie-Hélène and Paul Peeters

File consists of letters from Marie-Hélène and Paul Peeters, writing from France, a very long typed letter from Nouwen, a letter from Marie (their daughter?) and John Casey, and a short typed note from Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant.

Letters from Norman Hughes Hart

File consists of letters from Rev. Norman Hughes Hart, writing from Australia, including an invitation to his wedding to Patricia Bond Matthews, and a bulletin from his Anglican parish of Warracknabeal.

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).
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