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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Patrick O'Neill fonds
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A joyful Christmas

Item consists of 1 novelty picture postcard with a divided back of an angel with coloured in flowers. The postcard has 1 Benjamin Franklin one cent U.S. postage stamp.

Visit of Fr. Marcel Curinckx - May 20 - June 14, 1991

File consists of correspondence with Fr. Marcel Curinckx, a Belgian Priest, regarding a visit to L'Arche Daybreak. Includes correspondence between Nouwen and Joe Vorstermans regarding arrangements for Fr. Curinckx's visit. Many of the letters are in Dutch.

Letter from Sr. LaVerne Dolphin, BVM

File consists of a letter from Sr. LaVerne Dolphin, BVM and two typed letters from June E. Hagan, Nouwen's administrative assistant, regarding financial aid to continue her ministry with female inmates.

Muskoka Woods - May 22, 1991

File consists of correspondence with Maurice Charbonneau, regarding a retreat lead by Nouwen and Carl MacMillan at Muskoka Woods Sports Resort, Rosseau, Ontario. The theme of the retreat was " Wounds, Challenges, Life, and Growth." Includes a brochure for the resort, copies of details of conferences/workshops sponsored by the Muskoka Centre that year. Also includes correspondence from MacMillan to Nouwen regarding details of the day's activities.

Anniversary of Don McNeill's Ordination - May 23 - 28, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's attendance at the Ordination Anniversary celebration for Don McNeill at Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame, Indiana. Includes a long letter from McNeill speaking of his experiences in Chile. Also includes correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen speaking at Bethany House, Oakland, California. Includes letters from Joe Collins requesting to see Nouwen while he is in California. Includes postcards, programs, and a travel itinerary for the week. Also includes an essay in French entitled Les Deux Premières Étapes du Cheminement Spirituel à L'Arche à la Lumière des Exercices Spirituels de Saint Ignace by Frank Janin.

Letters from Glenn Douglass

File consists of two letters from Glenn Douglass. In letter from September 20, 1982, Douglass thanks Nouwen for his gift of appreciation (a copy of Yushi Nomura's book). File includes a copy of a typed letter from Nouwen from August 13, 1982, from the Abbey of the Genesee, expressing appreciation for Douglass' help during Nouwen's 25th anniversary of ordination celebration (Douglass drove people to and from the airport). Nouwen said he would send Douglass a gift.

Letter from Sr. Ellen Downes

File consists of a card from Sr. Ellen Downes in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Nouwen's Ordination, gifting Nouwen with thirty masses and two novenas of masses from Fr. Edward of the Salesian Missions of New Rochelle, NY.

1991 Diocesan Clergy Conference, Anglican Church of Canada - June 3 - 5, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's leadership with Bishop J.C. Fricker at the Diocesan Clergy Conference for the Anglican Church of Canada, at the Trent Conference Center, Peterborough, Ontario. Includes minutes from planning meetings, agenda for the conference, liturgical materials for each of the services, and details about the Trent Conference center. Also includes many letters to Nouwen reflecting on the conference, notes on the conference in Nouwen's hand, an a letter from Nouwen detailing how the conference should be structured. The theme of the conference was "Living the Spiritual Life - A Conference of Priestly Spirituality."

Letter from Jack Doyle, MSW

File consists of a letter from Jack Doyle, MSW, coordinator of Training for the Family Counselling of Greater New Haven Inc., requesting a letter of recommendation for Jeanne Sulavik, and a typed letter from Mabel Treadwell, Nouwen's administrative assistant.

Visit by Theatre and Company - June 14, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material from Kate Holt, regarding a visit to Daybreak by a group from Theatre and Company. Includes information about the theatre company and reviews of their last two shows. Also includes a thank-you letter from Stuart Scadron-Wattles.

Visit of Fr. Marc Roseeuw and Greet Cassier, Belgium TV - June 14 - 20, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material from Fr. Marc Roseeuw, regarding a visit to Daybreak, with his cousin Greet Cassier, to finish a film for Belgium TV. They wanted to get some footage of the liturgy and life in the house. The majority of the materials are in Dutch. Includes a memo from Nouwen to Daybreak discussing the event.

Letters from J. Edward Dudgeon

File consists of letters from J. Edward Dudgeon, a musician and activist, and a typed letter from Nouwen, donating money for Dudgeon to produce a record.

Letters from Greg and Ellen Youngchild

File consists of letters from Gregory (Greg) Youngchild and Ellen Youngchild. Greg was a teaching assitant to Nouwen. Also contains original notes for their wedding homily by Nouwen.

Nouwen, Henri J.M.

Draft book review of Aging in America

File consists of a draft typescript of a book review by Nouwen of Bert Kruger Smith's "Aging in America" (1973), written by Nouwen while at Yale Divinity School. File also includes an original book cover for "Aging in America", annotated by Nouwen.

Christmas greetings

Item consists of 1 embossed picture postcard with a divided back of a forest scene with holly surrounding it. The postcard has 1 Benjamin Franklin one cent U.S. postage stamp.

Institute on Values, St. Paul's School - June 19 - 23, 1991

File consists of correspondence with Rev. Charles Clark and other material, regarding Nouwen's participation as a speaker at the Institute of Values, St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire. The conference was for the heads of forty-five leading boarding schools. Nouwen's presentation focused on the spiritual dimension of adulthood and the growth toward it. Includes travel itinerary, airline tickets, agenda, list of speakers, list of participants, folder from the conference, and some handwritten notes by Nouwen. Also includes letters requesting to see Nouwen while he was in the Boston area and many letters of response from Nouwen. Nouwen gave permission to have the presentation recorded.

Letters from Rev. Edward R. Dufresne

File consists of letters from Rev. Edward R. Dufresne and a typed letter from Nouwen regarding the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Nouwen's Ordination, as well as a copy of a letter of recommendation written by Dufresne for Peg Stewart for admittence to the Summer Institute at Pendle Hill.

Richmond Hill Ministerial Association - June 26, 1991

File consists of meeting minutes from the Richmond Hill Ministerial Association from May 22, 1991. Includes a note that Nouwen will be the speaker at the next meeting on June 26, 1991, at St. Mary's Immaculate. Nouwen's topic was "Spiritual Life of the Minister in a Time of Change."

Letters from Paul Dunion

File consists of letters from Paul Dunion and a typed letter from Nouwen regarding the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of his Ordination.

Dutch TV at Daybreak - July 1 - 13, 1991

File consists of correspondence with Leo Fijen, regarding filming by a Dutch TV station at Daybreak. The event was coordinated by Carl MacMillan. The show was to have Nouwen telling the story of five core members. Includes letters regarding the needs of the Dutch TV people and letters explaining the event to the people of Daybreak. Also includes handwritten notes by MacMillan on the event, authorization form, and questions for Connie to type up.

Letter from Mary Dunlop

File consists of a letter from Mary Dunlop of Pendle Hill in which she includes songs and hymns written while in the hospital and a typed letter from Nouwen.

Letter from Louis Dupré

File consists of a letter from Louis Dupré, a long typed letter from Nouwen and a copy of Dupré's article "Experience and Interpretation: a philosophical reflection on Schillebeeckx' Jesus and Christ".

Letters from Bob Durback

File consists of letters and newspaper clippings from Bob Durback, and eight typed letters (one very long) from Nouwen, some discussing the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Nouwen's Ordination.

1991 RCA Convocation (Reformed Church of America) - July 25 - 28, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's participation in the RCA (Reformed Church of America) 1991 Convention "Praise and Promise" in University of California, Irvine, California. The majority of the correspondence is with Harold De Roo, Barbara Cullum, and Mary Jo Waters. Nouwen's talk was entitled "Loving God and Others." Includes travel itinerary, airline tickets, list of expenses, receipts, map, registration form, program, and newsletter. Also includes letters of response from both Nouwen and Connie. A video was made of the proceedings and sent to Nouwen from Barbara Cullum.

Ontario Theological Seminary Retreat - September 6, 1991

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's leadership at a retreat for students of the Ontario Theological Seminary at Muskoka Woods Sports Resort, Rosseau, Ontario. The theme of the retreat was "Refiner's Fire" and focused on the themes of "Communion, Community, and Ministry." Includes several copies of the schedule for the retreat, a program, the theme song, and notes in Nouwen's hand regarding the retreat. Also includes letters of thanks for Nouwen.

Meeting with Beth Porter - September 6, 1991

File consists of a letter from Beth Porter requesting her theological reflection meeting with Nouwen be moved back a day to September 6th. Annotations by the secretary indicate that it was.

Board/ Dayspring Meeting - September 12, 1991

File consists of a letter from Sue Mosteller to the Members of the Board and Dayspring Committee confirming a meeting of the Board/Dayspring Committee on September 12th at the Dayspring to set in motion plans for the future of the Dayspring.

Letters from Rev. Tilden H. Edwards, Jr.

File consists of letters from Rev. Tilden H. Edwards, Executive Director of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation Inc. (Washington D.C.), a typed letter from Nouwen discussing a contribution by Nouwen to Edwards' book "Living with Apocalypse: Spiritual Resources for Social Compassion" and a short typed note from June E. Hagan, Nouwen's administrative assistant.

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.

Letters from Abbey of the Genesee

File consists of letters from various members of the Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, New York as well as several correspondents commenting on Nouwen's book "The Genesee Diary" including Sr. Rose, Shirley Lindblom and the "Thursday Morning Class" of the First Lutheran Church of Fargo, North Dakota, Br. Christian, Br. Brian, and Br. Alexis.

Heijermans, Hermann, La bonne espérance

Heijermans, Hermann, La bonne espérance. Jeu de la mer en quatre actes. Adaptation française de Jacques Lemaire et J. Schurmann, Paris, Librairie théâtrale, 1902. Uncut. – With a dedicace: «À André Antoine, avec toute mon admiration et mes dévoués sentiments de sincère amitié, J. Schurmann.»

Portraits of Nouwen in California

File consists of five photographs, taken by professional photographer Kevin Dwyer, of Nouwen, wearing a white sweater and black scarf, in California.

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