File 2133 - Photocopy of The monk and the cripple: toward a spirituality of ministry

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CA ON00389 1-7-1-2133


Photocopy of The monk and the cripple: toward a spirituality of ministry


  • March 1980 (Creation)

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File consists of a six page photocopy of Nouwen's article "The Monk and the Cripple: Toward a Spirituality of Ministry" which was published in America (March 15, 1980): 205-210. This article by Nouwen was distributed to his students in typescript form on February 4, 1980 for his course on Compassion which he co-lecture red with John Mogabgab. This photocopy was found within the bound volume of handouts for this course. Nouwen most likely distributed copies of the article when it was published.

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A copy of "The Monk and the Cripple" can be found in Published Works series, box 295, item 1624, 1625. There is also a sound recording of this address by Nouwen that was published by the Thomas More Association. See Sound Recordings series, box 317, item SR23.

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Nouwen taught Compassion during the spring semester of 1980, co-lecturing with John Mogabgab. The classes were held on Mondays, from 1:30 - 5:00 pm and appears to have evolved from the initial 1977 lecture course and Nouwen's teaching in 1978 in Rome. Over one hundred students were enrolled in this course. Nouwen and Mogabgab structured the lecture course Compassion around the relationship between ministry and spirituality. The term 'compassion' was used by Nouwen and Mogabgab to focus the class and its discussions. Nouwen draws much of the material of this course from his collaboration with Doug Morrison and Don McNeill on the book Compassion, written in 1978. The course was divided into three parts: the Compassionate God (Christology), the Compassionate Life (Discipleship) and the Compassionate Way (Discipline). Several classes were held at the Mercy Center in Madison Connecticut. The teaching assistant for this course was Joseph Nunez. Students were expected to write a response paper to the course readings as well as a major final paper. Students were also expected to participate in smaller group discussions of groups no larger than 8 students.

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