Henri Nouwen Quotes On Gratitudes, Forgiveness

Henri Nouwen Quotes On Gratitudes, Forgiveness

Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian (January 24, 1932 – September 21, 1996). His interests had their roots in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice, and community. Nouwen has been strongly influenced throughout the course of his life by the work of Anton Boisen, Thomas Merton, Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh and Jean Vanier. After nearly two decades of teaching at academic institutions including Notre Dame University, Yale Divinity School, and Harvard Divinity School, Nouwen went on to work at the L'Arche Daybreak community in Richmond Hill, Ontario with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Christian leaders of the future have to be theologians, persons who know the heart of God and are trained – through prayer, study, and careful analysis – to manifest the divine event of God’s saving work in the midst of the many seemingly random events of their time.

Henri Nouwen

Who is Henri Nouwen ?

Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian (January 24, 1932 – September 21, 1996).

His interests had their roots in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice, and community. Nouwen has been strongly influenced throughout the course of his life by the work of Anton Boisen, Thomas Merton, Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh and Jean Vanier.

After nearly two decades of teaching at academic institutions including Notre Dame University, Yale Divinity School, and Harvard Divinity School, Nouwen went on to work at the L’Arche Daybreak community in Richmond Hill, Ontario with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

On 21 July 1957, Nouwen was ordained a Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Utrecht by Bernardus Alfrink at St. Catherine’s Cathedral in Utrecht 82 Eager to know more about himself and the people he counsels, Nouwen asked Alfrink’s permission to study psychology rather than theology.

His application was accepted and he studied at the Catholic University of Nijmegen from 1957 to 1964.xvii While researching the fundamentals of clinical psychology, Nouwen struggled with the lack of interdisciplinary research.

He tried to use psychology as a way of addressing the human side of faith which, from a pastoral perspective, he thought was being ignored in wider theological discussions.

He was greatly influenced during his studies at the university by Han Fortmann, a Dutch religious psychologist whose writing about action and contemplation in a busy world is mirrored in Nouwen’s own work. 23f Nouwen focused his thesis on Anton Boisen, an American minister credited with the founding of a movement for clinical pastoral education.

Due to lack of scientific analysis and clinical study the thesis was not approved. Instead of revising the work of obtaining a doctorate, Nouwen completed his studies by obtaining a doctoral degree in 1964.

38–47 THERE Nouwen studied for two years at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka , Kansas, as a Fellow in the Religion and Psychiatry Program and was influenced by psychologist Gordon Allport after receiving his doctoral thesis. Nouwen completed his clinical pastoral training at the Topeka State Hospital and graduated in the theology and psychiatric theory training program of the Menninger Foundation on 19 June 1965.

During his time at the clinic he found that he preferred the more scientific and medical analysis of certain branches of psychology than direct contact with patients.

That prompted his professional practice to be investigated to properly incorporate spiritual leadership with modern psychology. XVII-XIX During the same time, Nouwen started engaging with social and political movements, including the Civil Rights Movement. In 1965 he traveled to the South of the United States to engage in the Selma to Montgomery marches and later write an article about them

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