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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections
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"A Tetrad" original preparatory material

This file contains materials from the process of creating "A Tetrad: Measuring McLuhan's Impact," a chapbook honouring Marshall McLuhan, "a St. Michael’s professor who rattled the world with his take on the influence of media and technology. The chapbook is both a digital and a hand-printed instance of McLuhan’s tetrad concept.

Master Printer Deborah Barnett, in collaboriation with Archivist Simon Rogers, printed the chapbook in the Kelly Library Print Studio in January 2019, while Conservation Manager Natasa Krsmanovic planned and facilitated the sewing.

The chapbook comes in two numbered editions: a pamphlet-stitched version of 125 copies and a Coptic-bound version in a run of 25. Both editions are letterpress printed from plates on 100% cotton paper and are die cut and hand sewn. The file contains samples of both and more.

"McLuhan on Campus" exhibition panels and press

The file contains 30 exhibition panels from the exhibition "McLuhan on Campus: Local Inspirations, Global Visions" (John M. Kelly Library, Oct 13 – Dec 20, 2016) as well as "St.Michael's; University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto Alumni Magazine" vol. 55, no. 2, Fall 2016. The magazine's cover says "Remembering McLuhan; New Exhibit Shines Spotlight on Visionary Educator." [article p.19]

The exhibition explores the development of Marshall McLuhan’s theories in the context of his academic and personal life at the University of St. Michael’s College. McLuhan’s central role in the rise of the Toronto School of Communication is presented through artifacts, audio, texts, video and photographs selected from archival repositories across the University of Toronto and the Federated Colleges of St. Michael’s, Trinity and Victoria.

The exhibition features items drawn from the Special Collections and holdings at St. Michael’s, including material from the Sheila and Wilfred Watson archives, Donald Theall papers and Marshall McLuhan collection. Rare and intimate examples on display include McLuhan’s correspondence and collaborations with friends and colleagues on campus such as Claude Bissell, Tom Easterbrook, Carl Williams, Harold Innis, Edmund Carpenter and Northrop Frye.

"McLuhan on Campus" exhibition test prints

"McLuhan on Campus: Local Inspirations, Global Visions" was an exhibit in the John M. Kelly Library from Oct 13 – Dec 20, 2016.

The exhibition explores the development of Marshall McLuhan’s theories in the context of his academic and personal life at the University of St. Michael’s College. McLuhan’s central role in the rise of the Toronto School of Communication is presented through artifacts, audio, texts, video and photographs selected from archival repositories across the University of Toronto and the Federated Colleges of St. Michael’s, Trinity and Victoria.

The exhibition features items drawn from the Special Collections and holdings at St. Michael’s, including material from the Sheila and Wilfred Watson archives, Donald Theall papers and Marshall McLuhan collection. Rare and intimate examples on display include McLuhan’s correspondence and collaborations with friends and colleagues on campus such as Claude Bissell, Tom Easterbrook, Carl Williams, Harold Innis, Edmund Carpenter and Northrop Frye.

Rev. Lyle E. Schaller dies at 91: helped protestant churches survive and grow

File consists of Rev. Lyle E. Schaller obituary published in the New York Times. The article highlights Rev. Schaller's influence amongst Protestant church leaders; his work advising parishes surrounding generational and demographic challenges; and his character. The article also mentions a 1988 survey regarding influential figures among Protestant church leaders in which Lyle E. Schaller was named most often (43%) by 1,497 national and denominational leaders and Henri Nouwen was named second most often (39%).

Spirituality and art : Emily Carr and Van Gogh

File consists of a transcription of the Fourth Annual Henri J.M. Nouwen Lecture entitled "Spirituality and Art: Emily Carr and Van Gogh" delivered by Dr. Stephanie McKenzie, Associate Professor, Memorial University, on March 18, 2015 at Sacred Heart University, Connecticut.

With care excerpt

File consists of an excerpt from "Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life," published in The Sun issue 468, December 2014.

Intersection / introspection: the point-counterpoint effect of Henri Nouwen's spiritual wisdom on the life of a worshipper

File consists of the handout for a seminar run by Tom McDonald on April 5, 2014 at The King's University in Van Nuys, California. The handout is comprised of a title page, schedule of lectures and selected quotes from Henri Nouwen's published works. Also included in the file is an email and card sent from McDonald to Gabrielle Earnshaw.

Our wounds show us that we need God

File consists of a section of the April 14, 2013 edition of Retreat & Renewal Centres that contains the article “Our wounds show us that we need God” by Vanessa Santilli. Santilli talks about Nouwen's writings and the idea of the wounded healer in this piece.

A place to be

File consists of an article by Barbara Zwaan entitled "A Place to Be" about Henri Nouwen and the L'Arche Daybreak community. Zwaan answers the question: "Why did Henri Nouwen make Daybreak his home?" The paper was written after Zwaan's visit to the Nouwen Archives and Daybreak in June 2013 on a stipend from Henri Nouwen Stichting, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The article was originally published in Dutch in Herademing: Tijdschrift voor spiritualiteit en mystiek, No.82, Utrecht: Kok, December 2013.

Reviews of genius born of anguish: the life and legacy of Henri Nouwen

File consists of a review titled "The Life of a spiritual Goliath", which is a review of "Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen" (2012), by Michael Higgins and Kevin Burns. Review was written by Stephen Bede Scharper. Scharper discusses Nouwen in depth and talks about his spiritual life and how he, despite his achievements, suffered from self-doubt.

Advent / Lenten manuscripts

File consists of draft manuscripts of Advent and Lenten anthologies containing excerpts from Nouwen’s published works. Compiled by Kathryn Smith the titles include: Repent and Live; Jesus: Beloved Son; Finding Our Sacred Centre: A Journey to Lourdes; From Fear to Love: Lenten Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son; and Journey of the Heart: Lenten Prayer with Henri J.M. Nouwen. Also included in the file is a printed email from Smith outlining the intended use of the material and a computer printed photo of Henri Nouwen.

Christian spiritual masters

File consists of a copy of chapter 2 from "Spiritual Masters of the World's Religions" by James A. Wiseman. The chapter is called Christian Spiritual Masters and uses Henri Nouwen as an example of a spiritual leader who used his own personal failings and weaknesses to connect with readers. Author James A. Wiseman links Nouwen's openness to the work of Thomas Merton who had a similar style of spiritual exploration.

Interview with Father John Eudes Bamberger

File consists of an interview with Father John Eudes Bamberger interviewed by Joe Vorstermans at the Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, New York. Bamberger was the abbott and superior of Nouwen at the abbey. There is a transcription available in the folder. Themes in the interview include discussions on the Genesee Diary and Nouwen's time at the Abbey.

Nouwen letter project phone call summaries

File consists of written summaries of phone calls between the Letter Project coordinator and those contacted as part of the Letter Project. If the phone call was shorter or there was relatively little to note, the result of the conversation was only noted in the Letter Project Excel document.

Folder 1
1) Adolphsen Brame, Grace
2) Aman, Lenore (wife of Aman, Ken)
3) Ayer, Jutta
4) Babcock, Geraldine
5) Brackman, Ted
6) Brignoli, Lyn
7) Bussiere, Sandra
8) Butler, Sr. Elizabeth
9) Carlson, Rev. Glen
10) Carr, John A.
11) Carson, Doug and Joanie
12) Chittick, Rev Thomas B.
13) Chrovsky, Rev. Andriy
14) Chrisman, Amy (daughter of Beehler, Carolyn)
15) Clark, Rev Kelly and Priscilla
16) Cotter, Graham
17) de Pous, Martin
18) Dorman, Frank
19) Duncombe, David
20) Eddy, Rev Kathy
21) Evenrud, Jerry
22) Farnham, Suzanne
23) Faus, Nancy
24) Ferrigan, Fr. Robert
25) Freeman, Henry
26) Galadza, Olenka
27) Gilbert, Marty
28) Goldstein, John
29) Grol, Lini Richarda
30) Helfrich, Fr. Tom OSFS
31) Hesterberg, Rev. Paul
32) Hokanson, Rudolf
33) Hovde, Howard
34) Ingells, Carol
35) Jochum von Moltke, Veronica
36) Jones, Dr. Ann (actually spoke to Lux, Mary)
37) Knoble, Susanna
38) Kronstein, Mary Ellen
39) Ladley, Peter and Pat
40) Leinenweber, John
41) Lewis, Tilman
42) Malandra, Jan
43) Massie, Robert
44) McCrane, Rev. Gerard
45) McNally Fitzpatrick, Elaine
46) McTernan, Kevin
47) Miles, Mollie
48) Minarovich, Elizabeth
49) Morrison, Fr. Doug
50) Munn, Jean Louis
51) O'Brien, Dan
52) Odien, Terry
53) Olfson, Lewy
54) O'Neill, Fr. Dennis
55) Perabo, Eugene A.
56) Peterson, Ralph E.
57) Planchet, Gerard
58) May, Robert M.
59) Postema, Don
60) Rutledge, Bambi
61) Ruybalid, Mariana
62) Sforza-Cesarini, Lorenzo
63) Sipe, Richard
64) Shaffer, Kathy
65) Tassinari, Anthony
66) Udell, Rev. Lee and Sue
67) White, Richard Alan
68) Wulsin, Rev. Stockton
69) Youngchild, Gregory
70) Zak, Jean

Folder 2
1) Doolen, Mary
2) Gonichelis, Rev. Ralph
3) Mahr, Ruth
4) McAlister, Liz (wife of the late Phil Berrigan)
5) McConaty, Brady
6) Ponsetto, Daniel
7) Schiebergen, A.
8) Sinke-van Kooten, Dineke (Dr. B.M.)

Folder 3
1) Mary Mendenhall
2) Catherine Mondi
3) Lenore Nagy
4) Sr. Liberata Pellerin
5) Keith Reynolds
6) Joe Sarno
7) Eileen Smith
8) Mary Steenland
9) Warren Walkoff

Folder 4
1) Dr. John Santos
2) Mr. Gerard Bezdel
3) Michael Bentham
4) Brock Currie
5) Paulette Poirier
6) Fr. James Clifford
7) Lon Whitman
8) Sara Wright

Folder 5
1) Sofia Oscco-Moreno
2) Eddie Sears and daughter Kathy (Sears) Hall
3) Dan O'Brien
4) Rev. Susan E. Cartmell

On a journey together: living in Christ: preparing to celebrate our 100th anniversary

File consists of a pamphlet published by the Diocese of Des Moines titled "On a Journey Together: Living in Christ: A Process of Evangelization in the Diocese of Des Moines", which was created to prepare for their 100th anniversary. This pamphlet includes definitions of terms, a letter from Reverend Richard E. Pates (Bishop of Des Moines), an evangelization prayer, information on the sessions involved in the development of their faith. Included in session two is a biography of Fr. Henri Nouwen and a passage from In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership." Included is instructions on how to ponder the stories (including Nouwen's), quotes on discipleship, and discussion questions.

Nouwen letter project administrative files

File consists of administrative material for the Nouwen Letter Project including the raw audio/video footage for an interview conducted by Brynn Phillips Lawrence with Gabriella Silano. The interview was conducted in order to prepare a 5 minute promotional video, to be posted on the Nouwen Archive Letter Project website.

Web articles

File consists of an email and printout copy of articles from the National Catholic Register website regarding Nouwen. Included is “The reality of celibate life: Reflections from Henri Nouwen” (October) by A.W. Richard Sipe and “Famous Catholic author Nouwen moved to Anglican cemetery” (November) by Michael Swan.

Program for gathering to bless Henri's grave

File consists of one program for an event, titled "Gathering to Bless Henri's Grave" from July 30, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. The event was held at St. John's Cemetery, Oak Ridges. This event was held to bless the grave of Nouwen after he was moved from Sacred Heart Cemetery in King City, Ontario, to St. John's Cemetery, in order that his body might be with other members of the L'Arche Daybreak community that have died. Includes a newspaper article from the Catholic Register about the ceremony, titled "Famous Catholic author moved to Anglican cemetery."

The spirituality of fundraising

File consists of a copy of the March 7, 2010 Faith Life bi-weekly news bulletin which contained the article “The Spirituality of Fundraising” by Jason Koshinskie.

Brochure for activities of Stem in de Stad

File consists of a brochure for Stem in de Stad [Voice in the City], an ecumenical diaconal organization in Haarlem, The Netherlands. Jurjen Beumer was the pastor for the organization. Included on the schedule of talks sponsored by Stem in de Stad is a talk titled "Henri Nouwen en zijn befaamde boek 'Eindelijk Thuis'", given by Harry Michels and Jurjen Beumer on December 13, 2011. Also included in the file is a brochure about outreach with the homeless community by Stem in de Stad, and a brochure with a short biography of Jurjen Beumer and a list of his published works.

Story about Henri Nouwen by Henry Freeman

File consists of an copy of an email written by Henry Freeman to John Mogabgab relating a story about how a book by Henri Nouwen affected Freeman's sense of security and mission while in El Salvador.

Interview with Carolyn Whitney-Brown

File consists of an interview with Carolyn Whitney-Brown interviewed by Peter Naus in Waterloo. Whitney-Brown was a friend of Nouwen and a community member at L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON) from 1990-1997. There is no transcription available.

Interview with Judith Goeman

File consists of an interview with Judith Goeman interviewed by Peter Naus in Gaanderen, in the Netherlands. Goeman lived and worked at L'Arche Hamilton. There is no transcription available.

Untitled essay on Henri Nouwen

File consists of an essay by Gabriella Silano for a course, VIC184, at the University of Toronto, about the life and work of Henri Nouwen. Silano wrote this paper as part of an archival research project and visited the Nouwen Archives on several occasions in November and December 2009.

Henri Nouwen reading his paper "The Death of Martin Luther King"

File consists of a compact disc of an audio recording of Henri Nouwen leading a special lecture/panel on the person and meaning of Martin Luther King and the meaning of non-violence today. It is likely this lecture took place at Notre Dame shortly after the death of Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968. The lecture consisted of three speakers but the recording only consists of Nouwen's talk. Nouwen introduces the special lecture and then reads his paper "The Death of Martin Luther King."

The holy inefficiency of Henri Nouwen

File consists of an article written by Philip Yancey in Christianity Today. Copyright © 1996 by Christianity Today International/Christianity Today Magazine. December 9, 1996 Vol. 40, No. 14, Page 80.

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins from 2009 to 2012.

Included are French and English copies from:

April 2009 - Vol. 35 No. 2
October 2009 - Vol. 36 No. 1
April 2010 - Vol. 36 No. 2
October 2010 - Vol. 37 No. 1
April 2011 - Vol. 37 No. 2
October 2011 - Vol. 38 No. 1
April 2012

Interview with Peter J. Naus

File consists of an interview with Peter J. Naus that took place in Kitchener, ON. Naus is a long time friend of Henri Nouwen. There is no transcription available.

Letter from Office of the Secretary to the Governor General

File consists of one photocopy of a letter from Yonatan Lew, on behalf of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, to Maureen Wright regarding a copy of the book "Home Tonight: Further Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son." Wright sent a copy of the book to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean.

Memories of Henri Nouwen

File consists of recorded memories of Henri Nouwen submitted by various individuals that were contacted as a part of the Nouwen Letter Project from 2009-2012. Individuals were invited to, and chose to, record these memories of their connection to Henri Nouwen.

Folder 1
1) Mrs. Ans Spijker
2) Rev Robert Ferrigan
3) Peter Drabbant
4) Gary Kilgore
5) Jo Connelly del Junco
6) Gunar Kravalis
7) Sr. Mary Alban Bouchard, CSJ
8) Tilden Edwards
9) Thomas Helfrich, OSFS
10) Ricarda Nissen
11) Louisa Godissart McQuillen
12) Rev. Dennis O'Neill
13) Steven Johnsrud
14) Stockton Wulsin
15) Alan Johnson
16) Barbara Stetson
17) Norman Hart
18) Sr. Claire Marie de Jesus Rolf
19) David Stanley Brown

Folder 2
1) John R. Robinson
2) Mary Ellen Neill
3) Jana Kiely
4) Msgr. Karel Kasteel
5) Rudy Hokanson
6) Tom Burns
7) Sheila Abraham

Folder 3
1) Kristina Cooper
2) Jamie Garriss
3) Chris McDonnell
4) Mary Mendenhall
5) Richard K. Miller
6) Mary Ann Neevel
7) J.P. Nelson (regarding Lief Hovelsen)
8) Liebe Pellerin
9) Joep Peter
10) Nancy Pfaff

Folder 4
1) Vincent Poisella
2) Brock Currie
3) Josef Bemelmans
4) Janet Carson
5) Emily Beers (regarding her Father Edwin Beers)
6) Kenneth Donajkowski
7) Niall Ahern
8) Fred Morris
9) Pat Hoffman
10) Sr. Jo Wright
11) Sara Wright

Folder 5
1) Dana L. Robert (written for Archives only - NOT for public)

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

Letter from Josette Antoine and André Antoine fils (grand-son of Antoine) to J. Sanders

Typed letter from Josette Antoine and André Antoine fils (grand-son of Antoine) to J. Sanders, dated «Les Grands Champs (Chateauroux), le mardi 18 mars 2008».
Very long letter (30 pages) – touching upon a variety of subjects: Zola, painting, Huysmans, Deffoux, etc.
Typed c.v. of André Antoine, grand-son of director André Antoine (2 pages)

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