File 96 - Interview with Joe Vorstermans

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CA ON00389 C3-1-96


Interview with Joe Vorstermans


  • February 21, 2005 (Creation)

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1 cm of textual records. - 1 print : col. ; 8.5 x 13 cm. - 4 audio cassettes (ca. 6hrs).

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File consists of an interview with Joe Vorstermans interviewed by Elisabeth Pozzi-Thanner at the Henri Nouwen Society offices in Richmond Hill, ON. Vorstermans is an executive member of the Henri Nouwen Society and lives and works in L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill, ON). Vorstermans was the assistant's coordinator in 1986 when Nouwen arrived at L'Arche Daybreak. In 1996 Vorstermans became pastor while Nouwen was on sabbatical and subsequently had to lead the L'Arche Daybreak community through the grief process with Nouwen's death. Vorstermans recalls Nouwen performing Mass, Nouwen assisting after core member Raymond Batchelor's accident, Nouwen going to Homes for Growth (Winnipeg, MA), the L'Arche assistant's retreat and Nouwen's letter writing. Themes present in Vorstermans' interview include immigration, Jean Vanier, Alzheimer's L'Arche Daybreak over time, interfaith community, Bill van Buren and Nouwen's legacy. The print is of Vorstermans standing on a beach with his hands in his pockets dressed very causally. The interview is transcribed and available electronically or in hard copy.

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The audio cassettes have been removed from the file and rehoused in audio cassettes box 10. Reference copies of the audio cassettes are available (located with originals).

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2007 66

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SR2007 66 96 83


Box 6 File 96

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