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Henri Nouwen fonds File
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Zondervan Publishing House

File consists of business correspondence concerning a request by Zondervan Publishing House for Nouwen to write a response to the book, A Child Shall Lead Them: Lessons About Hope From Children with Cancer. Also included in the file is a copy of Nouwen's response to the book. The file also includes a letter a request for comments for Hope Springs From Mended Places by Dr. Diane Komp, however, there is no indication that Nouwen responded.

Zaken die God raken

File consists of twenty-three editions of the Dutch newsletter, "Zaken die God raken" [Matters that concern God]. These editions date from February/March 1990 to April/May 1994. The publication was released six times per year.

York Central Hospital - June 3, 1992

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's address to clergy and medical personnel at York Central Hospital. The theme of the address was "Caring for the Whole Person: the Relationship between Spirituality and Medical Care." Includes outline entitled "Care for the Whole Person," notes in Nouwen's hand entitled "Spirituality of the Caregiver," and a news clipping on the death of Tony Perkins. Also includes a handwritten manuscript in Dutch by Nouwen and a draft history of L'Arche in German, not by Nouwen.

Yonge Street Mission - May 25, 1994

File consists of correspondence regarding Nouwen speaking at the Yonge Street Mission "Staff Day Away." The theme of Nouwen's talk was "Spiritual Formation." The talk took place at St. George the Martyr Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario.

Yale University benefits

File consists of a booklet entitled "Your Personal Statements of Benefits" from Yale University for Nouwen.

Yale Divinity School - Keynote Address - March 30, 31, 1995

File consists of correspondence, from Margaret Farley, and other material regarding Nouwen's participation as the keynote speaker for a symposium on "Mental Retardation: Ethical, Theological, and Pastoral Issues" at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut. The symposium was sponsored by the Yale Divinity School in conjunction with the 1995 World Special Olympics. Nouwen's address was entitled "The Witness of Persons with Mental Retardation." Nouwen was accompanied to the event by Joe Vorstermans and Bill Van Buren. Includes list of speakers, schedule, name tag, meal tickets and campus and building maps.

Writings on Ireland

File consists of a spiral-bound notebook with handwritten prose by Henri Nouwen, possibly in part or whole draft of articles on Ireland.

Writing workshop - England, February 1992

File consists of material from a writing workshop in England given by Bart Gavigan in 1992. This material includes a brochure for "An Advanced Screenplay Writing Workshop with Bart Gavigan" by the South Park Community Trust, February 19-22, 1992; a photocopy of notes (not by Nouwen) of the workshop; and Nouwen's handwritten notes.

Writing in England - July 31 - August 30, 1992

File consists of Nouwen's handwritten notes entitled "What is at risk?" regarding possible book on the circus (trapeze). Includes travel itinerary for the month of August, a news clipping in Dutch, and a letter from Morag Reeve, editor, requesting to meet with Nouwen while he is in London, England.

Writing Requests

File consists of requests by correspondents asking to reproduce or use Nouwen's work, or provide endorsements. They have been numbered and include:

  1. James Hoover on behalf of InterVarsity Press (Downers Grove, IL). January 21, 1985, requesting a blurb for a book by Eugene H. Peterson.
  2. W. Dayton Roberts on behalf of World Vision International (Monrovia, CA), regarding publishing excerpts from Nouwen's prologue to Gustavo Gutierrez's "We Drink from our own Wells". November 16, 1984.
  3. Beck Laird, on behalf of Harper & Row Publishers (San Francisco CA) requesting a blurb for Wes Granberg-Michaelson’s “A Worldly Spirituality”. August 14, 1984.
  4. Jacqueline McMakin on behalf of Partners Community (Washington, DC) requesting a blurb for her book "Doorways to Christian Growth" . February 25, 1984.

Worship schedule

File consists of a facsimile from Kathy Christie to Bruce Rowat with Nouwen's schedule for Holy Week, faxes between Christie and Rowat regarding Nouwen's schedule, and copies of Nouwen's spring and fall worship schedules for 1993, as well as a letter from Henri Nouwen and the pastoral team regarding Advent 1993 worship.

World thanksgiving file

File consists of a letter from Peter Stewart regarding Nouwen reviewing and commenting upon the attached “Declaration for Thanksgiving”.

Word Book Publishers

File consists of business correspondence concerning the publication of books, Nouwen's visit to Waco (TX), and the possibility of giving the 1987 Bond Lecture in Waco.

Witness for peace file

File consists of material relating to Witness for Peace, includes newsletters, Witness for Peace Hotline, letters to Nouwen, copies of newspaper articles, brochures published by Witness for Peace and Draft #1 of Bitter Witnesses: Nicaraguans and the ‘covert’ war by Witness for Peace.

Witness for Peace booklet

File consists of booklet "Kidnapped by the Contras: The Peace Flotilla on the Rio San Juan, Nicaragua" published by the Witness for Peace Documentation Project. It has been annotated "file: Witness for Peace."

Wesleyan University - April 7, 1981

File consists of a letter, from John Tivenan, confirming an invitation to celebrate a liturgy with the Wesleyan University community, Middletown, Connecticut.

Werkgroep Ark-Nederland - June 16 - 19, 1994

File consists of correspondence, mainly with Elizabeth Bezemer, and other material, regarding Nouwen's leadership at a L'Arche retreat in Holland during the first week in June of 1994. Includes a postcard and a flyer.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1975, while he was working at Yale University (New Haven, CT); and travelling extensively within North America.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1978, while he was working at Yale University (New Haven, CT); including a thirty day retreat from January to February in Lyon, France.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1979, while he was working at Yale University (New Haven, CT); including seven months from February 17 – August 27 spent at the Abbey of the Genesee.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1985, while he was working at Harvard University, and L'Arche Trosly-Breuil; including several trips to France and Boston from August to December.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1990, while he was living at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON); including a retreat at L'Arche Trosly-Breuil (France) for a week in January.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1993, while he was living at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON); including trips made to Holland, Germany, and Switzerland, and across North America.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1994, while he was living at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON); including trips to Ukraine in August; and Holland in December. Also includes photocopies of the months of October to December, made prior to the original being completed; most likely in anticipation of Nouwen’s absence from Daybreak.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1987 while he was living at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON), including trips made across North America, to France, England, and Rome.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1988, while he was living at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON); including trips made to Holland, Winnipeg, and Montreal.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1995, while he was living at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON); including trips to Holland in January, to Ireland and Holland in June, to Mexico in November and to Holland in December.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1983, while he was working at Harvard University (MA); including four months from May to August spent in Latin America.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s two weekly calendars from 1986, while he was at L'Arche Trosly-Breuil, in France and L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON); including trips made across Europe and North America and a trip to Daybreak in May prior to moving there in August.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1996, while he was living at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON); including time spent in Holland and Prague, (Czech Republic) in January; and an additional trip to Holland in September where he died suddenly.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1976, while he was working at Yale University (New Haven, CT); including three weeks spent in Switzerland (May – June); and thirty days from June to July spent on retreat at the Abbey of the Genesee.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1976, while he was working at Yale University (New Haven, CT); including three weeks spent in Switzerland (May – June); and thirty days from June to July spent on retreat at the Abbey of the Genesee.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1977, while he was working at Yale University (New Haven, CT).

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1980, while he was working at Yale University (New Haven, CT); including three weeks in August spent at Laity Lodge outside San Antonio (TX).

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s four weekly calendars from 1984, while he was working at Harvard University and living in Cambridge (MA).

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1989, while he was living at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill ON); including three weeks from July to August spent in France.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1991, while he was living at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON); including several trips taken across North America.

Weekly calendar

File consists of Nouwen’s weekly calendar from 1992, while he was living at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON); including seven weeks in February spent in France, and a trip in August to Norway, Ukraine, and England.

Wedding sermons material

File consists of an assignment sheet by Nouwen asking students to write a five minute presentation of a wedding speech (Huwelijkspreek). File includes an assignment sheet without Nouwen's name - perhaps Nouwen received the assignment from another person. Nouwen lists his name, at Piusconvict, Nijmegen, on the assignment. Piusconvict in Nijmegen is likely a residence for priests studying at the University of Nijmegen. It is possible that Nouwen was teaching a course while living at the Piusconvict.

File also includes ten submissions of wedding speeches. Nouwen has written the last name of the student in the top right hand corner of each page. The names include:

H. v. Wijnb (Henny van Wijnbergen)
Ruud (Ruud Bunnik)
Frans
AR
[J. Aarts?]
[?]
G. Broekh (Gerard Broekhuis)
B. v. d. Hoorn (Boeb van der Hoorn)

Weavings

File consists of business correspondence concerning articles for publication, proposed themes for issues of the magazine, books for review, fees for material and upcoming meetings of the Advisory Board. Includes copies of The Extraordinary in the Ordinary, Reborn from Above and Spiritual Imperatives during a Time of Anguish.

Waterloo Separate School Board- April 17, 1993

File consists of correspondence, from Alan Green, and other material regarding Nouwen speaking to a small group of teachers from the Waterloo Separate School Board at Resurrection Catholic Secondary School, Kitchener, Ontario. Includes a map and a schedule for the day, Nouwen spoke on "Spirituality of Work," "Spirituality of Healing," and led a discussion. Also includes a copy of an article by Nouwen entitled "The Duet of the Holy Spirit: When Mourning and Dancing Are One," from the New Oxford Review, June 1992.

Washington L'Arche - December 16, 1992

File consists of correspondence and other material reading Nouwen speaking at the Festival Centre in Washington, D.C. about L'Arche. Includes a card from Patricia Wudel, travel itinerary and plane tickets.

Warden Woods Mennonite Church - February 24, 1991

File consists of correspondence with Muriel Bechtel, regarding Nouwen and Doug Wiebe's involvement in the adult discussion group and worship service at Warden Woods Mennonite Church, Scarborough, Ontario. Nouwen and Wiebe discussed the Daybreak community during the discussion group and Wiebe was the worship leader.

War - prayers, etc. file

File consists of poems, copies of articles, a copy of a typed letter from Nouwen to Daybreak and the Spring/Summer 1991 Commemorative edition of Newsweek and the February/March 1991 edition of Sojourners.

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