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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections File
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Outgoing correspondence, 1981

File consists of carbon copies of letters (most of them from Sr. Mary Jo Leddy, editor) to readers and supporters of the Catholic New Times, thanking them for their donations, suggestions, and contributions of articles, reports, and photographs. Some of the letters from Leddy also request continued contributions from regions of Canada outside of Ontario. File also includes carbon copies of letters from Leddy to staff at other publications (both Catholic and secular) regarding the use or exchange of features, columns, and photographs or the exchange of subscriptions, and carbon copies of letters from Leddy to Members of Parliament and one to Prime Minister Trudeau regarding aboriginal treaty rights. Original incoming correspondence is included with most of the letters.

Retreatant Lists

File consists of the retreatant list for the following retreats:

Toronto, ON, 1968
Toronto, ON, 1969
Saskatoon, SK, 1970
Marylake, ON, 1970
Marylake, ON, Edmonton, AL, Acadia Valley, AL, Warrenville, IL, 1971
Edmonton, AL, Toronto, ON, Chestermere, AL, Orleans, ON, 1972
Naramata, BC, Chicago, Toronto, Gimli, MN, Birmingham, AL, 1973
Cleveland, OH, Vancouver, BC, Bolton, ON, Nelson, BC, 1974
Winnipeg, MN, Regis Col. Toronto, 1975
Erie, PA, 1977
Marylake, ON, 1978
Marylake, ON, 1979
London, ON, Tacoma, WA, 1982
Erie, PA, 14-19 August 1984
A program of events for the retreat in Erie is enclosed.

Documents on the organizational structure of Faith and Sharing and a practical guide to retreats

File consists of:

1 Statement of the Grace of Faith and Sharing, July 1988
2 Preamble of essential elements of Faith and Sharing, 11 October 1981
3 Organizational Structure of Faith and Sharing, 2 July 1988
4 Organizational Structure of Faith and Sharing, 11 October 1981
5 Practical Guide for Faith and Sharing Retreats and other meetings, 1988
6 Practical Guide for Faith and Sharing Retreats, 11 October 1981

Histories of Regional Faith and Sharing Retreats

File consists of histories of:

1 Vancouver Island, BC
2 Orange County, CA
3 Oregon
4 Timmins, ON
5 Ottawa-Gatineau-Hull
6 St Augustine, FL
7 Winnipeg, MB
8 Quebec, QC
9 Rimouski, QC
10 Chicoutimi, QC
11 Sherbrooke, QC
12 St. Jean – Longueuil, QC
13 Gaspésie, QC
14 Atlantic Canada

Documents of the Secretary, North American Committee

The file consists of material gathered by the secretary of the North American Committee. Included in the file:

1 Original list of the Faith and Sharing Federation fonds produced by Madeleine Seguin, August 15, 1994
2 Documents relating to the deposit of records to Archives Deschalets, Ottawa, in 1993-1994 and the donation of the records to University of St. Michael’s College in 2004
3 List of Faith and Sharing North American Committee contacts, addresses and phone numbers, 2002

Correspondence to Faith and Sharing leaders

File consists of:

  1. Letter to Faith and Sharing Leaders regarding the North American Committee meeting held May 2-4 in Montreal dated July 18, 2008
  2. Letter to Faith and Sharing Leaders regarding a donation to L'Arche Haiti dated January 24, 2010

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1979.

Included are French and English copies from:

January 1979 - Vol. 7
March 1979 - Vol. 7
May 1979 - Vol. 7
August 1979 - Vol. 7
October 1979 - Vol. 7
December 1979 - Vol. 7

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1980.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1980 - Vol. 8
March 1980 - Vol. 8
June 1980 - Vol. 9
October 1980
December 1980

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1985.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1985 - Vol. 12
May 1985 - Vol. 12
October 1985 - Vol. 13
December 1985 - Vol. 13

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1987.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1987 - Vol. 14
May 1987 - Vol. 14
October 1987 - Vol. 15
December 1987 - Vol. 15

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1991.

Included are French and English copies from:

Winter 1991 - Vol. 18 No. 2
Spring-Summer 1991 - Vol. 18 No. 3
Fall 1991 - Vol. 19 No. 1

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1993.

Included are French and English copies from:

Winter 1993 - Vol. 20 No. 2
Spring-Summer 1993 - Vol. 20 No. 3
Fall 1993 - Vol. 21 no. 1

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Matane, Quebec

14 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Matane, Quebec, containing talks given by Jean Vanier. Audio cassettes contain the following speeches:

Box 13

SR2004 03 67: A - 1 - L'accueil de Jésus
SR2004 03 68: B - 2 - La samaritaine I
SR2004 03 69: C - 3 - La samaritaine II (suite)
SR2004 03 70: D - 4 - La paternité
SR2004 03 71: E - 5 - Le berger
SR2004 03 72: F - 6 - La souffrance
SR2004 03 73: G - 7 - Perdre
SR2004 03 74: H - 8 - Le pardon

Box 14

SR2004 03 75: I - 9 - Grandir
SR2004 03 76: J - 10 - La Commuante
SR2004 03 77: K - 11 - Marie et Joseph
SR2004 03 78: L - 12 - La priére
SR2004 03 79: M - 13 - L'alliance
SR2004 03 80: N - 14 - Emmaus

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Sherbrooke, Quebec

14 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

SR2004 03 81: #1 - Jésus, espérance de notre monde brisé
SR2004 03 82: #2 - Donne-moi à boire
SR2004 03 83: #3 - Ne vis plus dans l'illusion
SR2004 03 84: #4 - Le pauvre, source de vie
SR2004 03 85: #5 - Le désarroi de Pierre et la compassion de Marie
SR2004 03 86: #6 - Vivre dans la petitesse
SR2004 03 87: #7 - La Prière: Crie, repos et offrande
SR2004 03 88: #8 - La croissance dans l'Esprit: devenir une icone
SR2004 03 89: #10 - Le pardon dans la communauté
SR2004 03 90: #12 - Jésus nous lave
SR2004 03 91: #13 - Célébrons notre alliance
SR2004 03 92: #14 - Joseph, époux de Marie
SR2004 03 93: #15 - Être bon pasteur
SR2004 03 94: #16 - Marcher avec Jésus vers la libération

The archive contains a journal documenting the retreat at Sherbrooke in August 1985. The journal contains letters written by attendees at the retreat concerning their thoughts on the retreat and Jean Vanier. The journal, compiled by Rachel & Janvier Caron, can be found at the end of the series 'secondary sources'.

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Trois-Rivières

11 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier, including one at the Basilique Notre-Dame du Cap:

Box 16

SR2004 03 132: #1 - Une retraite, temps de joie et de souffrance
SR2004 03 133: #2 - Jésus annonce sa Vision nouvelle: le pauvre au cœur de la société
SR2004 03 134: #4 - Ne crains, pas je t'aime
SR2004 03 135: #6 - La vie communautaire

Box 17

SR2004 03 136: #7 - Le pardon
SR2004 03 137: #8 - Se nourri pur Grandir
SR2004 03 138: #11 - La compassion de la croix de Jésus
SR2004 03 139: #12 - Moi non plus, je ne te condamne pas
SR2004 03 140: #13 – [Untitled – Retraite Foi et Partage conférence du jeudi soir Basilique Notre-Dame du Cap]
SR2004 03 141: #14 - Joseph époux de Marie, père de Jésus
SR2004 03 142: #16 - Être humain

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Kansas City, Missouri

11 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Kansas City, Missouri. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

SR2004 03 143: Good news to the poor
SR2004 03 144: Our meeting with Jesus
SR2004 03 145: Jesus meets the samaritan woman
SR2004 03 146: To bear spirit, to be compassionate
SR2004 03 147: Jesus' incredible love for us
SR2004 03 148: Brighter than a thousand suns
SR2004 03 149: The mystery of body and of community
SR2004 03 150: The littleness of community
SR2004 03 151: My mystery of being and of growth...
SR2004 03 152: Jesus in the present and St Joseph
SR2004 03 153: One hundredfold/Persecution/Resurrection

General correspondence

File consists of one letter from B.J. Mitchell; one letter from a Mike (last name unknown), regarding an entry on Sheila Watson in the UBC yearbook "Totem" from 1931; one letter from Douglas M. Gibson, publisher at McClelland and Stewart.

Correspondence from Sheila Watson

  • CA ON00389 F15-1-2006 04 02
  • File
  • 1958-1997, predominant 1990-1997
  • Part of Fred Flahiff fonds

File consists of 53 hand-written letters from Sheila Watson, including three short notes. Also contains a copy of a 1995 letter to Watson from President Alway of the University of St.Michael's College regarding an honourary degree.

Watson, Sheila

Correspondence from Wilfred Watson

  • CA ON00389 F15-1-2006 04 03
  • File
  • September 28, 1982-May 2, 1990
  • Part of Fred Flahiff fonds

File consists of three letters from Wilfred Watson, including three drawings in pastel and ink, 17 photocopies of drawings in ink and pencil, and 34 pages of Watson's number poetry.

Watson, Wilfred

Bibliography Working files and correspondence - 1966

File consists of correspondence from M. Stewart of the Centre for Culture and Technology as well as mimeograph copies of letters written by Feeley to various journals requesting copies of McLuhan's work. Also includes a draft of letter by Feeley to McLuhan regarding working for McLuhan as an administrative helper. Also includes two copies of the bibliography entitled Writing of Marshall McLuhan, 1934-1966, both are annotated in ink and pencil.

Bibliography Working files and correspondence - 1967

File consists of correspondence from M. Stewart of the Centre for Culture and Technology as well as various hand and typed lists, one of which is entitled McLuhan Bibliography, 1934 -1967 prepared by J. Feeley, M. Stewart and R.D. [Berg?].

Bibliography Working files and correspondence - 1968

File consists of correspondence, including a letter of decline to publish the bibliography from the Journal of Canadian studies, and another from the secretary of Buckminster Fuller. Also includes copies of annotated bibliographic lists up to 1968.

Draft of Feeley paper on Plato and McLuhan

File consists of a draft typescript of a paper by James Feeley entitled A Shift in the Bias: Plato and McLuhan. It was written for Allan Thomas: Social Foundations of Adult Education in November 1968. It is annotated in pencil and typed on the reverse of University of Toronto, Office of the Professor of Higher Education letterhead.

Correspondence with Marshall McLuhan

File consists of 12 letters to James Feeley from Marshall McLuhan. The letters are predominantly from 1962-1965, but there is on letter from 1977. The series also consists of five letters from Feeley to McLuhan between 1964 and 1965.

McLuhan Project files

Files consists of notes and correspondence regarding the microfilming of selected works by Marshall McLuhan.

Photographs of Nouwen's trip to Greece

File consists of 138 slides of Nouwen's trip to Greece with several unidentified friends. Slides depict mainly local scenes and scenery, and were previously housed in four slide trays each labelled "Griekenland" I - IV.

Photographs of Nouwen and Laurent J.M. Nouwen

File consists of thirteen photographs, taken by professional photographer Ron van den Bosch, of Nouwen (wearing a blue collared shirt and tan pants) and his father, Laurent J.M. Nouwen in a garden in Holland.

Photographs of Nouwen, family and friends

File consists of three photographs of Nouwen, wearing green plaid shirt, at a party with various family members (including his brother, Paul Nouwen, and niece, Laura Nouwen), and friends (including Flying Rodleigh members, Jennie Stevens and Jon Griggs, and Bart Gavigan).

Powhatan, Louisiana

File consists of 172 slides of a trip taken by Nouwen. These photographs mostly depict landscapes or unidentified people, although there are several of unidentified cities. Many of the photographs have an imprint which indicates the photographs were taken between August and November 1961. It is likely that Nouwen was in Powhatan, Louisiana, at this time. Slides include photographs of a rural setting, including a man riding a tractor in a field, Leone's Grocery store (in Powhatan, LA), other small grocery stores and gas stations, a lake, children sitting on porch steps, a white church, fields, the building of a house, boys on horseback, a building on fire, a second white church, people on a beach and cotton workers. While in Powhatan, Nouwen likely traveled and took photographs of the cities he visited, including Baton Rouge, LA (P3337, P3340) and Houston, TX (P3344, P3355). There are also two photographs of three nuns on a beach (P3349, P3350). There are four photographs of Nouwen in the file (P3283, P3315, P3320, P3897).

Photographs of May 1967

File consists of 19 photographs of an unknown group of men. These photographs were likely taken while Nouwen was teaching a non-credit course to priests on Pastoral Care at Moreau Seminary, Notre Dame University (Notre Dame, IN). There are seven men visible in the photographs. They are at a large house in a rural area. Also depicted is a wooden walkway and some trees, and one of the men catching a ball.

Photographs of the Grand Canyon and Sedona

File consists of 158 photographs, most likely taken by Nouwen, featuring the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and other landscapes located in Arizona. Nouwen is depicted in three of the photographs. For the most part, contents of the pictures feature views of the Grand Canyon, the landscape as taken from a vehicle driving on a road, and rock formations in Sedona, including the Chapel of the Holy Cross. There are two unidentified men in several of the photographs, and these men were possibly colleagues of Nouwen's at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, KS.

Photographs of army training in the Netherlands Antilles

File consists of 211 photographs taken in the Netherlands Antilles (also known as the Dutch Antilles), likely taken by Nouwen. This was likely a training exercise trip taken by members of the Dutch army, including Nouwen while he was a chaplain in the Dutch army.

There are photographs taken while on a hike to the top of a mountain [Christoffelberg], including photographs of several men in green army fatigues, and one photograph of Nouwen in fatigues sitting atop a rock. It appears as though the army conducted a hike, and then were able to sightsee on the island of Curacao.

Other contents of photographs include: a yellow villa (landhuis?); Koffiehaus Jan Cristian in Westpunt [Jan Cristian coffee house]; landscapes including beaches, mountains, cacti, and cactus flowers, and cliffs; city streets and shops; a group of men (likely the same men as depicted in fatigues) socializing; three black children; a group of older people and some children (possibly other Dutch people visiting); people of various ages jumping on a trampoline outside. There are also photographs of men working outside installing some sort of machinery, including one photograph of Nouwen, and also photographs of men at a beach, including one photograph of Nouwen.

Photographs of trip to Brazil

File consists of 63 photographs, including some commercial slides, of Brazil. The photographs were likely taken by Nouwen while on a family trip to Brazil. Depicted in the commercial slides is Sao Paolo and important buildings. The contents of the photographs include: Nouwen family members, including Laurent J.M. Nouwen and Maria Nouwen; a horse race; ships and boats; city streets and a fruit market; children and others on a beach; nuns in front of a hospital (P5065), in front of other buildings, and standing with small groups of people; a red dirt road; construction on a house.

Photographs of Dutch ship

File consists of 9 slides featuring photographs taken aboard a Dutch naval ship, likely as part of a tour. Several unidentified people in plainclothes are visible in the photographs, as well as several men in naval uniforms. Shown in one photograph is a man sunbathing on a beach chair. Also depicted is a plane with the label "KON MARINE" [short for Koninklijke Marine, or "Royal Navy", part of the Dutch Ministry of Defence]. Photographs depict the parts of the large ship, including one photograph taken of the unidentified people on the bridge (the room with the steering wheel). Harry Derkx and [his?] children appear in some of the photos.

Photographs from marriage festivities for Laurien Nouwen and Marc van Campen

File consists of 8 slides featuring Maria Nouwen, Laurien Nouwen, Marc van Campen and other unidentified people likely taken during the festivities surrounding the marriage of Laurien Nouwen and Marc van Campen in June 1966. Six of the slides feature people, including Maria Nouwen (P5100, P5101); Laurien Nouwen and Marc van Campen (P5096); unidentified men in suits and an unidentified women in semi-formal attire (P5097 - P5098). The two slides which do not feature people show houses, which may be the buildings where the couple were married and received by families and friends.

Unidentified photographs of [Mexico]

File consists of 8 slides featuring photographs of an unidentified location, possibly in Mexico. This includes three photographs of ruins, possibly Mayan ruins, as well as five photographs of an unidentified city.

Page 4 of Album 3

File consists of page 4 of Album 3. There are eight photographs on the page [P6419, P6420, P6421, P6422, P6423, P6424, P6425, P6426]. Possibly taken between August 16-30, 1970 on a retreat in Vermont, Henri Nouwen is seen working and with friends, including Don McNeill, Bob Antonelli and Claude Pomerleau.

The annotations on the back of the photos read:

P6419: Bob Antonelli met de kinderen van Claude's [illegible]

P6420: [Illegible] van Claude

P6421: Claude, Don en de moeder van Claude [bijleren?] de H. [Mis?]

P6422: Don

Page 5 of Album 3

File consists of page 5 of Album 3. There is one photograph on the page [P6427]. Taken by Ron van den Bosch, the photo is a head shot of Henri Nouwen standing along a canal in Utrecht.

Page 7 of Album 3

File consists of page 7 of Album 3. There is one photograph on the page [P6429]. Taken by Ron van den Bosch, the photo is a shot of Henri shaking hands with an unidentified boy along a canal in Utrecht.

Page 13 of Album 3

File consists of page 13 of Album 3. There is one photograph on the page [P6345]. Taken by Ron van den Bosch, the photo is a shot of Henri Nouwen waving to someone out of the frame along a canal in Utrecht.

Page 21 of Album 3

File consists of page 21 of Album 3. There are four photos [P6469, P6470, P6472, P6473] and one cardboard illustration [P6471] on the page. In the photos Henri Nouwen is seen talking with family and friends including Maria Nouwen at Yale; Colin [Williams?] at Cape Cod in Massachusetts; and an unidentified man dressed as a clown at the Franciscan Renewal Center on May 10, 1973. The cardboard illustration is of Henri Nouwen sitting in a chair under which “don't you know better than to break the chair?” is written.

The annotations on the back of the photos read:

P6469: Franciscan Renewal Center May 10, 1973

P6472: By the shores of the Atlantic Ocean on Cape Cod Massachusetts. Henri and Colin.

P6473: Cape Cod East Orleans, Mass. Henri and Colin.

Page 4 of Album 5

File consists of page 4 of Album 5. There are eight photographs on the page [P6594, P6595, P6596, P6597, P6598, P6599, P6600, P6601]. Taken in the late 1940s, in the Netherlands, the photos consist of Henri Nouwen and friends taking part in various outdoor activities. Included are several group shots of the troop members.

Page 5 of Album 5

File consists of page 5 of Album 5. There are eight photographs on the page [P6602, P6603, P6604, P6605, P6606, P6607, P6608]. Predominantly taken in the late 1940s, in the Netherlands, Henri Nouwen is seen with friends as they camp and cook food. Also included is a photo of Henri Nouwen with friends and their bicycles.

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