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Drafts and notes for Mary, mother of the priest

File consists of handwritten notes and a draft manuscript, as well as six draft typescripts of various revised versions of "Mary, Mother of the Priests", a talk given by Nouwen at St. Michael's Cathedral (Toronto, ON), on May 31, 1988. The talk was given for Toronto priests in celebration of the Marian year. File includes correspondence with Sr. Sue Mosteller and Rev. Brad H. Massman with their comments on the manuscript. File also includes a draft of the talk in preparation for its publication by the Archdiocese of Toronto. Annotations on drafts (4) and (6) indicate that Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant, typed the final drafts.

Draft of Life of the Beloved

File consists of one draft of The Life of the Beloved by Nouwen. This draft contains two copies of a letter from Nouwen from September 27, 1991 on Daybreak letterhead, in which Nouwen explains why he wrote the manuscripts and what Fred Bratman thought of it. Nouwen writes "Fred was quite positive about the manuscript and felt that much of what I had written was very helpful, but he also was very clear that the manuscript presupposed too much and that many important questions secular people have were not touched at all." For this reason, Nouwen says that he has decided to do a lot more work on the manuscript, and he informs the readers of the letter that "the book will take a lot more work to finish and that I am committed to doing it."

The Flying Rodleighs - The Circus

File consists of a typescript of "The Flying Rodleighs - The Circus" (pages 1-32). File also contains a copy of "Circus Diary May 6th to 22nd, 1992." The first typescript ("The Flying Rodleighs") is likely the earlier of the two texts, and was an early draft of Nouwen's circus book.

Draft of The Flying Rodleighs - Chapters 1 and 2

File consists of typescripts of chapter I and chapter II of "The Flying Rodleighs." These typescripts are likely part of Nouwen's later work on his book about the circus. Nouwen describes his experience of going to the circus and meeting the Flying Rodleighs, and also describes his thoughts and emotions while learning more about the Rodleighs and their act.

Draft of Ministry and spirituality

File consists of a faxed manuscript for the introduction to "Ministry and Spirituality", sent to Kathy Christie, Nouwen's administrative assistant, by Nouwen on January 18, 1996, while he was in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Draft of Christus in Israel

File consists of a soft-bound draft typescript of an article entitled, "Christus in Israel", written by Nouwen after a visit to Israel with his uncle Toon Ramselaar in the late 1950s or in 1960.

Draft of Joden in Israel

File consists of a soft-bound draft typescript of an article entitled, "Joden in Israel", written by Nouwen after a visit to Israel with his uncle Toon Ramselaar in the late 1950s or in 1960.

Drafts of Selma 1965

File consists of five copies (three original copies, two original mimeographs) of a draft typescript of "Selma 1965: naar de 'deep, deep south'", about Nouwen's participation in the civil rights march from Selma, AL, to Montgomery, AL, in 1965. Nouwen wrote this paper while a theological fellow in the program of religion and psychiatry at The Menninger Clinic (Topeka, KS).

Draft of In memory of Gus van der Woude

File consists of a draft typescript of "In Memory of Gus van der Woude, 15 August 1975: 'Till Human Voices Wake Us', Selections From the Diary of Gus van der Woude". Includes an introduction by John S. Mogabgab. The diary is edited by Mogabgab with Henri Nouwen.

Drafts of Joel and Joelito Filartiga

File consists of a draft typescript of an article entitled, "Joel and Joelito Filartiga: The Agonizing Cry of a Doctor Artist", that Nouwen wrote on the life and work of Dr. Joel Filartiga. This story, in a shortened form, appears in "Compassion" (1982), as do Filartiga's drawings.

Draft book review of We drink from our own wells

File consists of a draft typescript of a book review by Nouwen of Gustavo Gutiérrez's, "We Drink from Our Own Wells: The Spiritual Journey of a People" (Centro de Estudios y Publicaciones, 1984), for which Nouwen also wrote the Prologue. The draft review refers to a working title, "Drinking from Your Own Well". It also contains minor corrections made in an unknown hand.

Draft of The suffering Christ

File consists of galley proofs of the article, "The Suffering Christ: Peacemaking across the Americas". Draft contains annotations and corrections in Nouwen's hand and others.

Draft of A spirituality of peacemaking

File consists of copies of galley proofs of the article, "Prayer and Resistance: A Spirituality of Peacemaking", using the working title, "A Spirituality of Peacemaking".

Draft of The icon of the Virgin of Vladimir

File consists of a draft typescript of an article entitled, "The Icon of the Virgin of Vladimir: An Invitation to Belong to God". This article was published in Nouwen's book, "Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons" (1987).

Draft of L'icone de la Sainte-Trinité

File consists of a draft typescript of an article entitled, "L'Icone de la Sainte-Trinité". The article appears to have been intended for publication in a larger work because it includes page numbers (pages 15 to 18), and a colour reproduction of the icon. A version of this article was published in Feu et Lumière (1986). Nouwen's writing on icons was then later published in his book, "Behold the Beauty of the Lord" (1987).

Drafts of The life in faith

File consists of a draft manuscript and seven draft typescripts of the article, "The Life in Faith". This paper is a reflection based on the life of Jesus. Nouwen argues that Jesus wants us to be inspired by the Holy Spirit to believe all his teaching about the Father, the Spirit, and Himself. Not only does believing help us in our lives, but it also brings immense joy to the Father. Believers find brothers and sisters in other believers. Themes include Jesus, the spiritual life and faith. It is not known if this paper has been published. Annotations on drafts (6) and (7) indicate that Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant, typed the manuscript on June 10, 1988.

Drafts of Becoming poor before God

File consists of notes entitled, "Formation", and two draft typescripts of an article entitled, "Becoming Poor Before God: Spiritual Formation at Daybreak". Describes how the Holy Spirit works through the poor and, in relationship with others, brings them to confidence and freedom. This was a talk Nouwen gave in Fall, 1988, for Spiritual formation at L'Arche Daybreak. Sue Mosteller's name has been deleted from draft (1) as a co-author.

Drafts of God's will, acceptance of

File consists of a draft manuscript and typescript of Nouwen's submission to the Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling, entitled, "God's Will, Acceptance of".

Draft of Preparing for death

File consists of handwritten notes and a draft manuscript of the introduction to "Preparing for Death". This article is regarding death and Nouwen's second near death experience from an infection. It has been published recently in a revised edition of Nouwen's book, "Beyond the Mirror".

Drafts of Power, powerlessness and power

File consists of a draft manuscript and typescript of "Power, Powerlessness and Power", including related correspondence. Folder (1) contains a fax copy of a manuscript and typescript. Folder (2) contains faxed correspondence between Nouwen's administrative assistants, Kathy Christie and Lydia Banducci, and Marion Hollis, of L'Arche Limited (Suffolk, England) and Zizi (last name unknown). Includes a fax copy of an illustration by Zizi (last name unknown), that Nouwen intended to use with this article.

Draft of The birth of Christ

File consists of a draft typescript of "The Birth of Christ", a lecture given by Nouwen on the story of the birth of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Luke. Part I of this talk is entitled, "The Reporter of the Birth of Christ", which examines the authorship of the first three Chapters of this Gospel, and explores the idea that the writer was not actually Luke, but John or Mary. Part II of this talk is entitled, "Eschatological Perspective of the Birth of Christ." Nouwen summarizes prophecies, rather than personal experience, so as to link the person with the promise. Part III is entitled, "The Cultus-Perspective of the Birth of Christ", in which Nouwen finally explains that the birth in the gospel story is between the stories of Zachariah in the temple and the story of the Presentation in the temple. He concludes that the birth of Christ may also have been seen as a temple event.

Drafts of sermon for funeral of Maria Nouwen-Ramselaar

File consists of a draft manuscript and typescript of a eulogy Nouwen gave for his mother, Maria Nouwen, who died on October 9, 1978. The files also include notes for the order of service, text for the hymns, a draft of a memory card in Italian, as well as an eight page typescript of another narrative about Maria Nouwen's life.

Drafts of ordination homily for Jim Antal

File consists of a draft manuscript and two draft typescripts of Nouwen's ordination homily for Jim Antal, given at Battell Chapel, Yale University, on May 4, 1980. File includes other handwritten notes by Nouwen.

Draft of The spirituality of the religion teacher

File consists of a typescript of "The Spirituality of the Religion Teacher: The Road to Emmaus. Luke 24:13-35", a homily given by Nouwen at the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Religious Education Congress at St. Patrick's Cathedral (New York, NY), on April 22, 1981. Nouwen compares the vocation of teaching religion to Jesus who joined the apostles on the road to Emmaus. Nouwen argues that Jesus created space for a real encounter. He invited them to listen (obedience) to the Scriptures about himself. Jesus went beyond dogma to break bread with the apostles and to allow them to recognize who He truly was. He gave them the truth. Nouwen concludes that all teaching leads us deeper into a relationship with God.

Draft of The mystery of the passion

File consists of a draft typescript of "The Mystery of the Passion", a talk given by Nouwen in which he discusses the theme of Rublev's icon and the house of love. Some of these ideas were later published in "Behold the Beauty of the Lord" (1987). It likely that this is a transcript of the talk, taken by an audience member and sent to Nouwen.

Draft of Prayer and poor

File consists of a copy of handwritten notes by Nouwen for a talk on "Prayer and Poor". This might have been written for a talk given at a L'Arche conference or an Assistants' meeting at L'Arche Daybreak.

Draft of Some reflections on priestly formation

File consists of a draft typescript of "Some Reflections on Priestly Formation", a talk given by Nouwen in which he discusses the three aspects of formation in downward mobility: formation in prayer, formation in community, and formation in ministry. It is not known where Nouwen gave this talk, or if it has been published.

Drafts of miscellaneous talks

File consists of a soft-bound notebook with draft manuscripts for Nouwen's various speaking engagements, as well as journal entries from his visit to Lourdes, France. The notebook contains: "At the Beginning of the New Decade"; notes for a L'Arche retreat in France; notes for a lecture at Regis College (Toronto, ON), entitled, "Claiming the Light"; and notes for talk at National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) conference.

Notes for A time to mourn, a time to dance

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen for "A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance", a talk he gave at Celebration 25 - Christian Counselling Services, on Tuesday, February 4, 1992.

Transcript of An evening with Henri Nouwen

File consists of a typed transcript of "An Evening with Henri Nouwen: From Resentment to Gratitude", a talk given at Grant McEwan Community College (Edmonton, AB), on March 12, 1994. The talk was sponsored by the Edmonton L'Arche Association.

File with reviews of Reaching out

File consists of reviews of Reaching Out : The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life, known in German as Der Dreifache Weg, and in Dutch as Open uw Hart : De Weg Naar Onszelf, de Ander en God.

File with reviews of Sterben, um zu leben

File consists of reviews of Sterben, Um Zu Leben : Abschied Von Meiner Mutter, which is a German translation by Robert Johna of In Memoriam (1980) and A Letter of Consolation (1982).

File with reviews of Beyond the mirror

File consists of reviews of Beyond the Mirror : Reflections on Death and Life, known in Dutch as Een Glimp Van de Overkant : Bespiegelingen Over Leven en Dood.

File with reviews of The return of the prodigal son

File consists of reviews of The Return of the Prodigal Son : A Mediation on Fathers, Brothers, and Sons, known in Dutch as Eindelijk thuis. Gedachten bij Rembrandts 'De Terugkeer van de Verloren Zoon,' in German as Nimm sein Bild in dein Herz. Geistliche Deutung eines Gemaldes van Rembrandt, and in French as Le Retour de L'enfant Prodigue. File also contains the March 1993, no. 20 edition of Radboud-Info, which, in addition to a Dutch review of The Return of the Prodigal Son, also contains an article about Laurent Nouwen.

File with reviews of Here and now

File consists of reviews of Here and Now: Living in the Spirit, known in German as Was Mir am Herzen Liegt, and in French as Vivre Sa Foi au Quotidien.

Illinois Synod Pastoral Conference - August, 1980

  • CA ON00389 F4-3-669
  • File
  • February 8, 1980 - November 10, 1980
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of correspondence, mainly from Randy Webb and Arthur Arnold, and other material regarding Nouwen's leadership at the 1980 Illinois Synod Pastors Conference, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. The theme of the conference was "Prayer and Ministry." Includes slides, from Randy Webb, of Augustana College. Also includes correspondence and a newspaper clipping from Richard Holmer, regarding Nouwen speaking at the First Lutheran Church in Genesco, Illinois. Nouwen spoke on the relation of prayer and contemplative life to ministry and outreach. Also includes a photograph of Randy Webb's two sons.

Fall Planning Retreat - September 15-16, 1980

File consists of letters from Charlotte Kennedy and Richard Keach related to Nouwen's participation in staff Fall planning retreat for the staff of Central Baptist Church (Hartford, CT). The retreat focused on discussions of contemplation, prayer and personal devotion in relation to staff renewal.

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