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Remembering Henri J. M. Nouwen 1932 – 1936

File consists of three photocopies of short articles by Thomas B. Chittick, Peter K. Weiskel and Krister Stendahl about their memories of Nouwen published in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin. The piece by Chittick details the environment of Yale at the time of Nouwen's tenure there. The article was published in issue Harvard Divinity Bulletin 26, no. 1 (1996): 9.

Remembering Henri

File consists of two copies of the journal Plough containing an article about Nouwen by Ron and Pat Landsel. Plough is a journal of the Bruderhof community. A third copy was added in November 2005, it is an offprint from the original journal. The article was published in the Plough 50 issue (November/December 1996): 20 - 23.

A heart's desire: Henri Nouwen's journey home

File consists of three copies of Sojourners magazine containing an article by Brett Grainger on Nouwen. The article also contains insets: The Deepest Questions of Life and Faith by Jim Wallis, An Extensive Presence by Diana L. Chambers and Safe in God's Heart by Carolyn Whitney - Brown. The article was published in Sojourners (November - December 1996): 26 - 30.

A personal tribute to Henri Nouwen

File consists of an article about Nouwen's life by Michael J. Christensen that was published in Fax from the Forest: A Quarterly Leadership Fax from Drew University's Office of Continuing Theological Education 1 (November 1996): 1 -2.

Letter from Don McNeill

File consists of a piece recounting in detail the funeral and burial of Henri Nouwen in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The letter is addressed to "A few of the many good friends of Henri J.M. Nouwen".


File consists of a photocopy of a reflection by Catherine Walsh on the life of Henri Nouwen published in America magazine (October 26, 1996): 8.

Priest's wise words remain as quiet guide

File consists of a tribute to Nouwen by Chip Jones. Also includes cover letter to Gabrielle Earnshaw, included with the article by Jones. The tribute was published in the Richmond Times Dispatch [Richmond, VA] (October 22, 1996): D1, D3.

A wounded healer goes home

File consists of a tribute to Nouwen by Michael R. Geisterfer. The tribute was published in the Christian Courier (October 18, 1996): 12.

Remembering Henri Nouwen: pastor and friend

File consists of a column of two works: A Living Word by Richard Groves and Ministry and Friendship by Robert Durback. The column was published in the Christian Century 113, no. 29 (October 16, 1996): 956 - 957.

A spiritual mentor's lasting influence

File consists of two copies of "Harvard Divinity Today" (Spring 2006, volume 2, number 1), including an article with reminiscences of Nouwen's time at Harvard by several of his former students and assistants including Michael Harank, Peter Weiskel, Michael O'Laughlin, Barbara Ernst Prey, Stephen Pavy, and James D. Smith, III.

A saint for the last of these

File consists of a photocopy of an article about Nouwen's life by Chris Glaser published in The Atlanta Journal / Atlanta Constitution (Monday, October 14, 1996): A14.

Henri Nouwen article

File consists of a copy of an article on Henri Nouwen by Michael Higgins published in the Tablet, (5 October, 1996) : 1308 - 1309.

Lives lived: Henri Nouwen

File consists of two photocopies on an article by Carolyn Whitney - Brown remembering the life of Henri Nouwen published in the Lives Lived column of Toronto's newspaper "The Globe and Mail". A letter to the editor about the article by H. MacAndrew is also included.

Text for a bulletin insert on Henri Nouwen

File consists of a piece by Carolyn Whitney - Brown used in the bulletin of a Saskatchewan ecumenical group. It draws upon Nouwen's themes of being beloved, and briefly describes his works and life.

[Preparing the Casket]

File consists of a handwritten draft by Carolyn Whitney Brown that recounts the work of those working in the Woodery to build Nouwen's coffin, and prepare Nouwen's body for the funeral service at Daybreak, Richmond Hill, ON. Includes a cover letter to Sue Mosteller from the author.

Interview with Toon Colen

File consists of an interview with Toon Colen interviewed by Peter Naus in Meerssen, The Netherlands. Colen was a member of a fraternity with Nouwen when they were young school children in The Netherlands. The interview is transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy. All transcriptions and audio recordings are only in Dutch. Brief English notes from interviewer are available in the file; they include: "Toon was a member of the 'dispuut' (fraternity) Henri belonged to as a student. He also organized trips to Israel and Greece with Henri during their time at university. Toon provided interesting information about these trips. He stayed in touch with Henri, although the connection was not as firm in recent years. He gave a very sensitive description of Henri's more problematic side and made some intriguing suggestions regarding the difference in impact of Henri's publications in Holland as compared to North America." There is a letter in the file from Colen to Joe Vorstermans regarding the return of photographs of Nouwen in Israel in the 1950s.

My favorite author: Fr. Henri Josef Machiel Nouwen

File consists of a copy of a speech/presentation delivered by Maria I. Bellavance to the North Texas Chapters of the Church and Synagogue Library Association on February 11, 1996. It provides a brief biography and listing of selected works.

A special friend Henri Nouwen

File consists of a pamphlet of a sermon given on September 23, 1996 by D. Stan Brown. It is the second in series of sermons contributed by guest preachers. The sermon recounts how Brown first encountered Nouwen's work and his initial meeting with Nouwen. It also describes how much of an influence Nouwen has been in Brown's life. The sermon was from the series "Creative Sermons for Help in Daily Living".

Priest leaves Yale post for new ministry

File consists of an interview of Nouwen conducted by John Knoble. Knoble interviews Nouwen about leaving Yale and going to the Abbey of the Genesse and then on to Latin America. Nouwen also discusses prayer. A brief biography of Nouwen is also given.

Even after his death, a priest stirs many denominations

File consists of a photocopy of a newspaper article by Jim Remsen about Nouwen and the work being carried out by Wendy Greer, Carl MacMillan and others to further his legacy. Includes Greer's summary of Nouwen's life and work. Article was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday April 21, 2002.

Faces of faith = Henri Nouwen

File consists of an interview with Nouwen where he speaks of obedience, prayer and his place at L'Arche Daybreak. Interview was published in "The Other Side" (September/October 1989), by an unknown interviewer.

99 sayings by Henri Nouwen

File consists of a typescript copy of "99 sayings by Henri Nouwen", a collection of quotations by Nouwen, compiled by Jeff Imbach. File also includes a page with suggestions for titles for the book.

Prayer book: 10th anniversary edition

File consists of a prayer book containing prayers written and selected by the St. Elizabeth Community and is dedicated to Nouwen's memory. Selections were taken from a number of sources, including Nouwen's The Cup of War. The prayer book is divided into dates with themes attached to each period. Nouwen's prayer appears in the entry for November 25, Consolation & Peace.

Deepening our conversation with God

File consists of a reprint of an interview with Richard Foster and Nouwen that was originally conducted and published by Leadership in 1982. Nouwen and Foster discuss their lives, education, ministries and prayer. Interview was published in Leadership: A Practical Journal for Church Leaders 18 no. 1 (Winter 1997): 112 - 119.

Parting words: a conversation on prayer with Henri Nouwen

File consists of an interview with Nouwen by Rebecca Laird. The interview was conducted in August 1996. Nouwen speaks on prayer, community, ministry and love. File includes order form for the interview as well as an advance copy sent to Carl MacMillan at L'Arche Daybreak with accompanying cover letter by Laird. Two copies of reprints from 2000 of the interview have been added to the file. The original interview was published in Fellowship in Prayer 47, no. 6 (December 1996): 6 - 20.

Father Henri Nouwen: a spiritual guide for all seasons

File consists of an interview with Nouwen by Edward Wakin about the spiritual life. Nouwen reflects on prayer, discipline, the search for the true self and spiritual direction / spiritual guides. Interview was published in Vistor, vol. 6, July 18, 1982.

Befriending death

File consists of a transcript of a presentation Nouwen made to the National Catholic AIDS network in July, 1995.

Generation without fathers

File consists of a paper by Nouwen for the Canadian Catholic Conference of June 1, 1970 in Ottawa. This paper was likely published later as "Ministry for a Rootless Generation" in The Wounded Healer (1979). Included is an abstract of the article by the distributor.

Henri Nouwen Collection

  • CA ON00389 C3
  • Collection
  • 2000-present

The Henri Nouwen Collection is comprised of project files and collections of material assembled after Nouwen's death. These include original Nouwen documents such as letters, programs, photos and ephemera collected by those who knew Henri and documents assembled by the Henri Nouwen Society and other organizations charged with the preservation of Nouwen's legacy and remembrance.


Series consists of newsletters that relate to Henri Nouwen, including the newsletters for Henri Nouwen Stichting, the Henri Nouwen Society, Henri Nouwen Literary Centre, and L'Arche Daybreak.

Incoming correspondence

File consists of incoming correspondence to the Henri Nouwen Society including photographs from Henri Nouwen Society events; reflections on personal interactions and the impact of Nouwen; articles about Nouwen; correspondence about book contributions; and information and material about Nouwen events around the world. File also includes photographs of Paul Nouwen's visit to Richmond Hill in 1999. One letter from George Brown to Nouwen Society offers brown's re-worked chronological Nouwen Bibliography which the site later referenced for its chronological listing.

Personal records

Series consists of records of a personal nature which were created and kept by Nouwen throughout his life. These materials are arranged into sub-series and files which reflect the main value of that grouping of personal records.

This series has been arranged into five sub-series:
1.4.1. Weekly calendars
1.4.2. Retreat and discernment notes
1.4.3. Personal papers and official documents
1.4.4. Family papers

Series also contains two files: address books and mailing lists for books.

Henri Nouwen fonds

  • CA ON00389 F4
  • Fonds
  • 1910 - 1997, 1964 - 1996 predominant

Fonds consists of 15 series:

  1. Manuscripts
  2. General files
  3. Calendar files
  4. Personal records
  5. Publisher files
  6. Financial files
  7. Teaching materials
  8. Nouwen’s education records and study notes
  9. Published works
  10. Video recordings of Nouwen
  11. Sound recordings
  12. Collected materials
  13. L'Arche Daybreak administrative files
  14. Ephemera and artifacts
  15. Photographs

Nouwen, Henri J.M.

Henri Nouwen Society event photographs

File consists of photographs and cards sent to the Henri Nouwen Society of various unidentified Nouwen retreats. Wendy Greer is featured in a few of the photographs of unidentified retreats. One photograph is of Henri Nouwen and others from a 1994 retreat at the Holy Redeemer Church in Thornhill. The back of this photograph has a handwritten note by Errol Stein identifying those in the image.

Material about Nouwen

Series consists of material about Nouwen including material about Nouwen's life, works, and death. This material includes newspaper articles; journal articles; interviews of Nouwen; essays; notes from Nouwen's sermons and lectures; books and book reviews; letters; newsletters; and cards. While some materials on Nouwen's life and works was written before Nouwen's death, the majority of the material is dated after his death in 1996. Much of the material in the series pertaining to Nouwen's death was written by friends of Nouwen, who write about his friendship, his writing, and support.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

  1. Works about Nouwen
  2. Interviews with Nouwen
  3. Notes from Nouwen's talks
  4. Obituaries and tributes
  5. Reviews
  6. Materials mentioning Nouwen

Henri Nouwen Society photographs

These photographic materials relate to the Henri Nouwen Society and are arranged as follows:

1) Negatives. Archive opening. Taken by Wendy Lywood. 2000.

2) Negatives and 6 photographs. Archive opening #1. Taken by Beth Porter. September 21, 2000.

3) Negatives and 2 photographs. Archive opening #2. Taken by Beth Porter. September 21, 2000.

4) Negatives. Archive opening #3. September 21, 2000.

5) Negatives and 2 photographs. Archive opening #4. Taken by Beth Porter. September 21, 2000.

6) 9 Photographs. Archive opening and HNS board meeting. September, 2000.

7) 2 Photographs. HNS board meeting. [ca. 2003].

8) 9 Photographs. 10265 Yonge St. Pancake Tuesdays. 2004.

9) Negatives, 6 photographs and 1 contact sheet. Photographs of flowers sent to HNS. [ca. 2004].

10) Negatives and 1 contact sheet. L'Arche and HNS office BBQ at Marylou's. Last [picture] of Sarah Halub [illegible], Dave Haimon and Carl; Wendt and Thelus. 2005.

11) Negatives and 1 contact sheet. JOH gift bags; Peggy and Al; Marais and Collin; Marylou's retirement. 2006-2007.

12) 9 Photographs and 1 letter** from Robert J. Nunney to Maureen Wright. Photographs of Bob Durback sent to Maureen Wright by Burback's nephew, Robert J. Nunney. 2011.

13) 9 Colour print-outs. Inkjet photographic prints by the Henri Nouwen Society highlighting events and members. Magnets on verso. 2000-2010.

14) 6 Photographs. Miscellaneous photographs from the Henri Nouwen Society. [200?]

15) 26 photographs. Photographs removed from a photo binder and placed in acid-free envelopes. The front of the photo binder said: "St. John's Centre. Photos taken on Thursday, July 30, 1992 on visit to Ball's Falls and Saint John's Centre in the Niagara Peninsula, of Paul Kennedy, Nathan Ball, Frs. Henri Nouwen and Edward Jackman of L'Arche Daybreak, Richmond Hill." Photos are now numbered #1-26, which corresponds to their order within the binder.

** This letter was removed by archival staff and can be found separately in the archives. See the "Allied Material" section of this page for more info.

Out of my hands: the art of Stephen Jenkinson

File consists of a copy of Vision TV programme "Out of My Hands: the Art of Stephen Jenkinson." The interview was conducted for Vision TV, with Tim Wilson listed as producer, and was filmed in May 1994 and aired November 23, 1994. Interview contains a section with Henri Nouwen discussing the symbolism of hands. Also discusses why Nouwen commissioned Jenkinson to create a sculpture of hands for L'Arche Daybreak.

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