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Occasional Correspondence

File consists of letters from 26 correspondents. All have been annotated as "file: occassional correspondence" or " File:O.C. ". They include:

  1. Dr. Timothy Albrecht, University Organist, Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  2. Robert Broome, on behalf of Baptist Peacemaker (Louisville, KY)
  3. Sr. Rose Marie Canty, CSC, regarding icon painter Sr. Jane Ellen Cown
  4. Toianna Gump (Personal)
  5. Jeanne Hein (Personal regarding Mike (Flood?)
  6. Carmen Lampe
  7. John Lehman on behalf of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church (Dallas, TX) (includes a sermon by Dr. Don Benton)
  8. Liana MacKinnon
  9. Elizabeth (Betty) Mahan (includes newspaper article on Robert E. White, former ambassador to El Salvador)
  10. Beth McClendon
  11. Sr. Josephine Nalfe, OSU
  12. Eugene Patenaude, CO, (on behalf of The Oratory of Saint Philip Neri (Rock Hill, SC))
  13. Gretchen Person
  14. Julie Pierce (writing from Japan)
  15. Wilbur Ressler
  16. Jay Rochdale (regarding his Doctoral thesis on Van Gogh)
  17. Lynn T. Runnells (a former Boston College student, writing circa 1986) [photographs removed]
  18. Sr. Moira [Sald?] OSB [lastname unclear] from the Sisters of St. Benedict in Manchester, NH
  19. John Shearer (asking to establish a ‘written spiritual direction’ relationship with Nouwen)
  20. Al Staggs (copy of sermon "Who's On Trial?"
  21. Maria Strain (regarding National Peace Day Celebrations (additional correspondence can be found under Maria Strain 1986, box 241, file 5080)
  22. Joan Sullivan, S.N.D. (including a memorial for Henrietta F. Sullivan)
  23. Suzanne [last name unknown] (writing from Dorset, England regarding icons)
  24. Carol Tharp-Perrin (a muralist, including copies of articles about her work)
  25. Dr. Edward Graham Toomey, MD
  26. Christiana M. Wills

Ordination material

File consists of material from Nouwen’s ordination ceremony on July 21, 1957 in Utrecht and on July 28, 1957 in Scheveningen, including reminder cards, dinner menu and a copy of the photograph of Nouwen as a child playing priest.

Page 1 of Album 10

File consists of page 1 of Album 10. There are seven photographs on the page [P7547, P7548, P7549, P7551, P7552, P7553]. Henri Nouwen is seen conducting Easter Sunday Mass, wearing clerical robes and a stole, outdoors as a crowd looks on. Friends, including Mich Zeman with his son Ben [P7547], James Watfor [P7547] (3rd from left), Joseph Nunez [P7547] (black beard), Carol Plantinga [P7548] (back to camera in plaid) and Virginia E. Van Dooren [P7551] (middle of photo with short, blonde, curly hair) are seen watching and participating in the service.

Page 1 of Album 11

File consists of page 1 of Album 11. There are six photographs on the page [P7776, P7777, P7778, P7779, P7780, P7781]. Taken in Greece, Henri Nouwen is seen with friend visiting various ruins, including the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the Erechtheum in Athens.

Page 1 of Album 14

File consists of page 1 of Album 14. There are two photographs on the page [P8460, P8461]. Taken on February 3, 1964, Henri, Laurent J.M. and Maria Nouwen are seen sitting and standing during Henri's psychology doctoral exam at the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen. Included in the pictures are Professor Han Fortmann, Professor Prick, a crowd of unidentified students and family, including Toon Ramselaar, watching the proceedings. The annotation on the page reads: "Doctoral examen - psychologie. 3 Febr. 1964. Staande: Professor Fortmann. Zittende: Professor Prick."

Page 1 of Album 3

File consists of page 1 of Album 3. There are five photographs on the page [P6400, P6401, P6402, P6403, P6404, P6405]. Henri Nouwen is seen with friends, including Trudi Habes, Dick and Doak van Dalen and Seward and Helen Hiltner at a celebration in his honour in November 1970; and away on retreat with Newman Chaplains in June, 1972 in Dayton, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.

The annotations on the back of the photos read:

P6400 (unknown hand): Left to right Trudi Habes, Harri, (hidden) - Dave, Dick van Dalen, Doak van Dalen (back to camera) Nov 1970

P6401 (unknown hand): November 26, 1970 - The Cake H.[S?]. Harri Nouwen

P6402 (unknown hand): Trudi Habes, Seward, Harri November 70

P6403: Nov. 26, 1970 Seward, Helen, Harri

P6404 (Nouwen): Retraite [dajvan?] Newman chaplains bij Dayton Ohio

P6405 (Nouwen): Detroit Retreat for Newman Champlains Sacred Heart Seminary June 1972

Page 1 of Album 5

File consists of page 1 of Album 5. There are two photographs on the page [P6578, P6579]. Taken in Scheveningen, the Netherlands during the late 1940s the photos include Laurent, Henri, Maria, Laurien and Paul Nouwen outside of their home in Schevenigen at Nieuwe Duinweg 20; and Laurent, Maria and Laurien Nouwen at the beach.

Page 10 of Album 10

File consists of page 10 of Album 10. There are nine photographs on the page [P7621, P7622, P7623, P7624, P7625, P7626, P7627, P7628, P7629]. Several of Henri Nouwen's friends, including Daphne Cox [P7622], Mich Zeman [P7623], Joseph Nunez [P7625], Bob Werner [P7627], [Michael Harank?] [P7628] and Yushi Nomura [P7629], are seen together and alone.

Page 10 of Album 11

File consists of page 10 of Album 11. There are four photographs on the page [P7818, P7819, P7820, P7821]. Taken while on a trip to Greece and Israel, Henri Nouwen and his travelling companions are seen outdoors at unidentified locations. Also included are two photos of church interiors.

Page 10 of Album 14

File consists of page 10 of Album 14. There are four photographs on the page [P8492, P8493, P8494, P8495]. Taken on February 3, 1964 at the Hooge Hoenderberg, Henri Nouwen's friends are seen giving a speech, at a party in celebration of him completing his psychology doctoral exam, as others, including Professor Han Fortmann [P8492] and Laurien Nouwen [P8493], look on smiling.

Page 10 of Album 3

File consists of page 10 of Album 3. There is one photograph on the page [P6432]. Taken by Ron van den Bosch, the photo shows Henri Nouwen standing on a street in Utrecht. His eyes are closed and the Dom Tower is visible in the background.

Page 10 of Album 5

File consists of page 10 of Album 5. There are four photographs on the page [P6638, P6639, P6640, P6641]. In the photos Laurien, Maria and Laurent Nouwen pose for a photo outside and Laurent J.M. Nouwen sits on a horse outside of the [Nouwen home?] while Lillenor Habvard looks on, in September 1948. Also included is a 1948 photo of Ferry [last name unknown] in a field with a view of the church at the minor seminary in Apeldoorn and a May 1947 photo of a crowd, including Harry and Truus Derkx (nee Ramselaar), sending off a boat. The annotations on the page read: "Ferry in Apeldoorn 1948" and "Mai 1947 Truus an Harry naar Curacao".

Page 11 of Album 10

File consists of page 11 of Album 10. There are eight photographs on the page [P7630, P7631, P7632, P7633, P7634, P7635, P7636, P7637]. Taken after a graduation ceremony, unidentified graduates of the Yale Divinity School are seen outside, celebrating in black and red caps and gowns. Also included are shots of a crowd, including Registrar Detra MacDougall [P7635] (holding envelope), cheering on the graduates.

Page 11 of Album 11

File consists of page 11 of Album 11. There is one textual record on the page [P7822]. The item is half a letter dated June 20, 1961 on “Hindenburstasse 15 Pocking b. Starnberg (Oberbayern) Telefon, Feldafing 379” letterhead. Written it French, the letter begins “Monsieur l'Abbé” and goes on to thank the recipient for sending a copy of the book Maranatha to the Duchesse Douairière de Bar. The partial letter has been used to cover up a tear on the photo album paper, possibly the result of a photo being removed from the page.

Page 11 of Album 14

File consists of page 11 of Album 14. There are four photographs on the page [P8496, P8497, P8498, P8499]. Taken on February 3, 1964 at the Hooge Hoenderberg, Henri Nouwen's friends are seen seen giving a speech, conversing, drinking and watching the band, the Boy Raaymakers, play at a party in celebration of him completing his psychology doctoral exam. The annotation on the page reads: "Boy Raaymakers en zijn combo".

Page 11 of Album 3

File consists of page 11 of Album 3. There is one photograph on the page [P6433]. Taken by Ron van den Bosch, the photo is a head shot of Henri Nouwen in Utrecht.

Page 11 of Album 5

File consists of page 11 of Album 5. There are five photographs on the page [P6642, P6643, P6644, P6645, P6646]. Predominantly taken in 1951, three of the photos consist of group shots of Henri Nouwen with his classmates and instructors, including Toon Ramselaar [P6643, 1st row, 4th from left], at the minor seminary in Apeldoorn where Ramselaar was president. Also included is a photo of the Nouwen's family home in Scheveningen, the Netherlands and a 1932 photo of Sara M. Ramselaar holding him as a baby. The annotations on the page read: "Nieuwe Duinweg 20 Scheveningen", "Zesde Klas van Seminarie Apeldoorn 1951. Rethorica!", "1932 Oma Amersfoort en ik", "1951 De Soos" and "Apeldoorn 1951 Congé! met mijnheer [Jongenelen?] en mijnheer van de Bilt naar de [illegible]".

P6643: Row 1: ?, Gert Bouwman, [Gerard Broekhuis?], ?, ?, ?, [Jan Klein Zeggelink?], Gerard Voskuilen
Row 2: ?, Gerard van den Berg, Henk Hak, [Ton Berendschot?], Kees Pannekoek, Henny van Wijnbergen, ?, ?, Joop van Baardewijk, ?, ?
Row 3: Ben Schepen, ?, ?, Jan Schoot, ?, ?, [Chris Lenting?], ?, ?, Arie Beemer, ?, ?
Row 4: [Aloys Tonis?], [Leo Spit?], ?, [Nico Kok?], Toon Ramselaar, ?, [Bertus Schoorlemmer?], ?, Johan Helthuis, Henri Nouwen
Row 5: [Wiebe Verpoorten?], ?

Page 12 of Album 10

File consists of page 12 of Album 10. There are nine photographs on the page [P7638, P7639, P7640, P7641, P7642, P7643, P7644, P7645, P7646]. Taken at a Yale Divinity School graduation party, students and faculty, including Bob Massie [P7642], Rick Vanasse [P7643] and Ed Dobihall [P7644] are seen celebrating outdoors.

Page 12 of Album 11

File consists of page 12 of Album 11. There is one textual record on the page [P7823]. The item is a slip of paper from a ringed notebook with notes written by Henri Nouwen and an unknown hand.

Page 12 of Album 14

File consists of page 12 of Album 14. There are four photographs on the page [P8500, P8501, P8502, P8503]. Taken on February 3, 1964 at the Hooge Hoenderberg, Henri Nouwen's friends and Laurien Nouwen are seen drinking and conversing at a party in celebration of him completing his psychology doctoral exam.

Page 12 of Album 3

File consists of page 12 of Album 3. There is one photograph on the page [P6434]. Take by Ron van den Bosch, the photo is a full-body shot of Henri Nouwen leaning against a post along a canal in Utrecht.

Page 12 of Album 5

File consists of page 12 of Album 5. There are eight photographs on the page [P6647, P6648, P6649, P6650, P6651, P6652, P6653, P6654]. Taken during the summer of 1951 on a trip to Italy, Henri Nouwen is seen at various locations including in the mountains near Turin; ruins in Ostia; the Engelenburcht [Castel Sant'Angelo] in Rome; and the ancient city of Palestrina. The annotations on the page read: "Zomer 1951 Assisi poortje van [pro-civitate?]", "Zomer 1951 in de bergen bij Turijn met [Pietro Vatican?]", "Zomer 1950 met [Fiammetta?] naar Ostia", "1950 Ostia", "Op de Engelenburcht" and "boven Palestrina".

Page 13 of Album 10

File consists of page 13 of Album 10. There are nine photographs on the page [P7647, P7648, P7649, P7650, P7651, P7652, P7653, P7654, P7655]. Taken at the Yale Divinity School graduation, Henri Nouwen is seen with friends and colleages, including Joseph Nunez [P7648] and Mary Ann Cejka [P7647 & P7649], wearing black and red caps and gowns during the ceremony.

Page 13 of Album 11

File consists of page 13 of Album 11. There are four photographs on the page [P7824, P7825, P7826, P7827]. Taken on a trip to Greece and Israel, Henri Nouwen's travel companions and an unidentified family are seen outdoors.

Page 13 of Album 14

File consists of page 13 of Album 14. There are four photographs on the page [P8504, P8505, P8506, P8507]. Taken on February 3, 1964 at the Hooge Hoenderberg, Henri Nouwen's friends, including [Bernadette Kuypers?] [P8504], are seen drinking and conversing at a party in celebration of him completing his psychology doctoral exam.

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 13 of Album 5

File consists of page 13 of Album 5. There are six photographs on the page [P6655, P6656, P6657, P6658, P6659, P6660, P6661]. Taken during the summer of 1951 on a trip to Italy, Henri Nouwen is seen at various locations including the Archdiocesan Seminary of Naples and the commune of Castel San Pietro near Palestrina. Also included are shots of Assisi from Rocca Maggiore, the San Francesco monastery, and Henri Nouwen with Paulo and Luca [Cavatora?] at the Colosseum in 1950. The annotations on the page read: "1951 Seminario Maggiore Napels Capo-di-Monte met de [porties?]", "1951 Castel San Pietro boven Palestrina", "1951 Assisi [gezien?] vanaf de Rocca", "1951 Klooster der Conventuelen bij San Francesco in Assisi", "[?] Klooster van San Francesco" and "1950 Met Paolo en Luca bij ik Colloseum".

Page 14 of Album 10

File consists of page 14 of Album 10. There are nine photographs on the page [P7656, P7657, P7658, P7659, P7660, P7661, P7662, P7663, P7664]. Taken after a Yale Divinity School graduation ceremony, graduates wearing black and red caps and gowns, including Mary Ann Cejka [P7658], Yushi Nomura (gown) and Rick Dirkson [P7659] and Joseph Nunez [P7663], are seen celebrating outdoors. Also included is a photo of Henri Nouwen standing between two unidentified women, smiling and looking to his right.

Page 14 of Album 11

File consists of page 14 of Album 11. There are three photographs on the page [P7828, P7829, P7830]. Taken on a trip to Greece and Israel, Henri Nouwen and his travel companions are seen outdoors and getting water from a fountain.

Page 14 of Album 14

File consists of page 14 of Album 14. There are three photographs on the page [P8508, P8509, P8510]. Taken on February 3, 1964 at the Hooge Hoenderberg, Henri Nouwen's friends, including Anke and Peter Naus [P8508], are seen conversing, dancing and drinking at a party in celebration of him completing his psychology doctoral exam.

Page 14 of Album 3

File consists of page 14 of Album 3. There are three photographs on the page [P6436, P6437, P6438]. Included are a photo of Henri Nouwen at the Elora Gorge in 1974 taken by Peter Naus; Henri Nouwen working in the kitchen at the Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, New York in 1974, taken by Br. Anthony Weber; and a room in an unidentified home.

The annotations on the back of the photos read:

P6436: Juni, 1974 Elora Gorge Bij Peter Naus '74

P6437 (Stamp): Abbey of the Genesee Piffard, New York 14533 12-74-B-2 (Pencil) 12-74-B-2 A.W.

Page 14 of Album 5

File consists of page 14 of Album 5. There are eight photographs on the page [P6662, P6663, P6664, P6665, P6666, P6667, P6668, P6669]. Taken during the summer of 1951 on a trip to Italy, Henri Nouwen is seen at various locations including Castelli Romani; Castel San Pietro near Palestrina; the [Sacra di?] San Michele; the Basilica of San Francesco; a monastery in Assisi; and in Frascati. A Mr. Parri appears in some of the photos. Also included is a photo taken at the canonization of Maria Goretti at Saint Peter's Basilica in 1950. The annotations on the page read: "1951 met signor Parri [?] met [?] Castelli Romani", "1951 De bibliothecairs van Seminario Maggiore te Napels", "1950 Op San Michele verte Turin", "1951 Castle San Pietro boven Palestrina", "1951 met Signor Parri in Frascati", "1951 Plein voor San Francesco in Assisi", "1951 boven Palestrina" and "1950 Heiligverklaring van Maria Goretti".

Page 15 of Album 10

File consists of page 15 of Album 10. There are nine photographs on the page [P7665, P7666, P7667, P7668, P7669, P7670, P7671, P7672, P7673]. Taken after a Yale Divinity School graduation ceremony, graduates wearing black and red caps and gowns, including Joseph Nunez [P7665, P7667], friends including Bob Massie [P7668], and faculty, including ethics professor Margaret Farley [P7672] and Rev. Joan Bates Forsberg [P7673], are seen smiling outdoors.

Page 15 of Album 11

File consists of page 15 of Album 11. There are three photographs on the page [P7831, P7832, P7833]. Taken on a trip to Greece and Israel, Henri Nouwen and his travel companions are seen outdoors at various unidentified tourist locations.

Page 15 of Album 14

File consists of page 15 of Album 14. There are five photographs on the page [P8511, P8512, P8513, P8514, P8515]. Taken on February 5, 1964, in his [room?] at Piusconvict in Nijmegen, Henri Nouwen is seen with several unidentified male friends looking at books and slides. In two of the photos a portrait of Laurent J.M. Nouwen is visible on the wall. The annotation on the page reads: "5 Febr 1964".

Page 15 of Album 3

File consists of page 15 of Album 3. There are five photographs on the page [P6439, P6440, P6441, P6442, P6443]. Included is are photos of Henri Nouwen performing a wedding service; Henri Nouwen talking with a friend in May 1974; a profile shot of Henri Nouwen smiling at something off camera; and Henri Nouwen in thought at the Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, New York in 1974, taken by Br. Anthony Weber.

Page 15 of Album 5

File consists of page 15 of Album 5. There are four photographs on the page [P6670, P6671, P6672, P6673]. Taken in 1950 on a trip to Italy, Paulo and Luca [Cavatorta?] are seen at the Colosseum and Castel Sant'Angelo. Also included is a photo of Henri Nouwen in front of the Arch of Constantine in Rome. The annotations on the page read: "1950 Paulo en Luca op trappenvoor [it?] Coloseum", "Paulo en Luca op Castel san Angels 1950", "1950 Triumpf booj van Costatijn" and "Paulo en Luca op Castel S. Angels".

Page 16 of Album 10

File consists of page 16 of Album 10. There are nine photographs on the page [P7674, P7675, P7676, P7677, P7678, P7679, P7680, P7681, P7682]. Taken after a Yale Divinity School graduation ceremony, graduates wearing black and red caps and gowns, including Jeanne Sulavik [P7675], and faculty, including the school's Dean, Leander Keck [P7682], are seen celebrating outdoors.

Page 16 of Album 11

File consists of page 16 of Album 11. There are three photographs on the page [P7834, P7835, P7836]. Taken in Israel, the photos include shots of the landscape, including a view of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, and a group of people at an unidentified building.

Page 16 of Album 14

File consists of page 16 of Album 14. There are five photographs on the page [P8561, P8517, P8518, P8519, P8520]. Taken on a trip to Zuschen Sauerland, Germany between February 7-12, 1964, the photos capture various scenic views of an unidentified town, snow covered roads and a [hotel?] called the Icle Edelpils. The annotation on the page reads: "Zuschen-Sauerland 7-12 Febr 1964."

Page 16 of Album 3

File consists of page 16 of Album 3. There are five photographs on the page [P6444, P6445, P6446, P6447, P6448]. Taken in 1974, by Br. Anthony Weber, during his time at the Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, New York, Henri Nouwen is seen having a meal and reflecting.

Page 16 of Album 5

File consists of page 16 of Album 5. There are three photographs on the page [P6674, P6675, P6676]. Taken in 1950 on a trip to Italy, Henri Nouwen and [Fiammetta?] Cavatorta are seen at Ostia Antiqua. Also included is a photo of Henri Nouwen with Mr. Cavatorta near Naples. The annotations on the page read: "Met Fiammetta naar Ostia Antiqua 1950" and "1950 met Mijnheer Cavatorta en Franco naar Napels".

Page 17 of Album 10

File consists of page 17 of Album 10. There are nine photographs on the page [P7683, P7684, P7685, P7686, P7687, P7688, P7689, P7690, P7691]. Taken at the Yale Divinity School graduation, graduates wearing black and red gowns, including Yushi Nomura [P7683] and David Parks-Ramage [P7686], family and faculty are seen celebrating outdoors.

Page 17 of Album 11

File consists of page 17 of Album 11. There are three photographs on the page [P7837, P7838, P7839]. Taken on a trip to Greece and Israel, the photos include landscapes shots of an unidentified coastline.

Page 17 of Album 14

File consists of page 17 of Album 14. There are five photographs on the page [P8521, P8522, P8523, P8524, P8525]. Taken on a trip to Zuschen Sauerland, Germany between February 7-12, 1964, the photos include an unidentified man and woman seated at a table looking at books; a man behind a bar [in Zurhove?]; an unidentified woman and man outside the Icle Edelpils; an unidentified boy and girl; and a group of unidentified men playing cards. The annotation on the page reads: "Bij [Zuhove?]".

Page 17 of Album 3

File consists of page 17 of Album 3. There are five photographs on the page [P6449, P6450, P6451, P6452, P6453]. Taken in 1974, by Br. Anthony Weber, during his time at the Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, New York, Henri Nouwen is seen working in the Abbey's kitchen alone and with Br. Theodore.

Page 17 of Album 5

File consists of page 17 of Album 5. There are four photographs on the page [P6677, P6678, P6679, P6680]. Taken in August 1948 on a trip to Belgium, Henri Nouwen is seen with Madame [de Wasserge?] and friend, Didier, in the Oise valley region, near the Lesse River and at the cliffs of Dinant. The page annotations read: "1948 Op vacantie in Napels bij Madame [de Wasserge?]", "Madame [de Wasserge?] en Didier op de brug over de Oise", "Dal van de Oise","In de Lesse" and "Bij Dinant aan de Lesse".

Page 18 of Album 10

File consists of page 18 of Album 10. There are seven photographs on the page [P7692, P7693, P7694, P7695, P7697, P7698] and one textual record [P7699]. The photos include shots of Joseph Nunez in an office [P7692], outside [P76950 and next to Henri Nouwen's Honda Civic [P7693]; Mich Zeman (blonde beard), James Watfor (rust blazer), Joseph Nunez (black beard) and other participants at an Easter Sunday Mass, outdoors [P7694 & P7696]; and Mich Zeman alone [P7697] and with his wife, Mary, and their two young children [P7698]. The textual record is a card that has been made by [members of the Zeman family?]. The adult's writing contains a passage from the New Testament that reads: “We thank God in all our remembrance of you – always in every prayer thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now – we hold you in our hearts. Philippians 1:3-7.” The child's writing reads: “I love you Henri”.

Page 18 of Album 11

File consists of page 18 of Album 11. There are three photographs on the page [P7840, P7841, P7842]. Taken on a trip to Greece and Israel, Henri Nouwen and his travel companions are seen visiting an unidentified site. Included in one of the photos is a nurse, suggesting the site may have been a hospital or medical centre.

Page 18 of Album 14

File consists of page 18 of Album 14. There are five photographs on the page [P8521, P8522, P8523, P8524, P8525]. Taken on February 8, 1964 while on a trip to Zuschen Sauerland, Germany, Henri Nouwen and unidentified friends are seen drinking and conversing while wearing party hats and masks. The annotation on the page reads: "8 Febr 1964."

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