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This website is dedicated to promote the enduring legacy of Henri Nouwen, one of the greatest spiritual writers of the last century. It is owned and managed by Wil Hernandez whose Ph.D. dissertation work focused upon the study of Nouwen's counterintuitive and countercultural brand of spirituality.
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Blessings to ALL this Advent season!

Welcome

I want to personally welcome you to this special site devoted to celebrating and promoting the life and work of one of my spiritual heroes: Henri Nouwen. People all over the world have been extraordinarily impacted by the life of this “imperfect” saint of God. I invite you to join me in the continuing exploration of Nouwen’s unique spirituality, a spirituality that points us to Jesus, who specializes in working through imperfect vessels like you and me. On this welcome page, I freely share both my collected as well as random thoughts about Nouwen: his life, his work, his all-encompassing relationship — with God, with others, and with himself.

Something Hardly Noticeable - Second Sunday of Advent

"A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him." (Isaiah11:1-2).
These words from last night's liturgy have stayed with me during the day. Our salvation comes from something small, tender, and vulnerable, something hardly noticeable. God, who is the Creator of the Universe, comes to us in smallness, weakness, and hiddenness.
I find this a hopeful message. Somehow, I keep expecting loud and impressive events to convince me and others of God's saving power; but over and over again I am reminded that spectacles, power plays, and big events are the ways of the world. Our temptation is to be distracted by them and made blind to the "shoot that shall sprout from the stump."
When I have no eyes for the small signs of God's presence - the smile of a baby, the carefree play of children, the words of encouragement and gestures of love offered by friends - I will always remain tempted to despair.
The small child of Bethlehem, the unknown young man of Nazareth, the rejected preacher, the naked man on the cross, he asks for my full attention. The work of our salvation takes place in the midst of a world that continues to shout, scream, and overwhelm us with its claims and promises. But the promise is hidden in the shoot that sprouts from the stump, a shoot that hardly anyone notices.
- Henri Nouwen


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Nouwen Five-Day Retreat Oct. 10 - Oct. 14  
Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center 
Marriottsville, Maryland



Henri Nouwen Weekend Retreat at the Cenacle (Ronkonkoma, NY)
September 28-30, 2018



Henri Nouwen Weekend Retreat at the Cenacle (Ronkonkoma, NY)
September 28-30, 2018
Henri Nouwen Weekend Retreat at the Cenacle
Ronkonkoma, NY September 28-30, 2018



'Our Heart, God’s Home' –  One-Day Nouwen Retreat
Holy Spirit Retreat Center (Encino, CA) – August 25, 2018
'Our Heart, God’s Home' – One-Day Nouwen Retreat
Holy Spirit Retreat Center (Encino, CA) – August 25, 2018



'Henri Nouwen: Master of Soul Care' Weekend Retreat
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska – July 27-29, 2018
“Henri Nouwen: Master of Soul Care” Weekend Retreat
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska – July 27-29, 2018



Three-Day Nouwen Retreat (Star of the North Retreat Center, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada)
June 21-23, 2018


Three-Day Nouwen Retreat (Star of the North Retreat Center, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada)
June 21-23, 2018


Three-Day Nouwen Retreat (Star of the North Retreat Center, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada)
June 21-23, 2018
Three-Day Nouwen Retreat (Star of the North Retreat Center)
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
June 21-23, 2018



Three-Day Nouwen Retreat (June 17-19, 2018)
Valley of the Mother of God Retreat Center (Orangeville, Ontario, Canada)

Three-Day Nouwen Retreat (June 17-19, 2018)
Valley of the Mother of God Retreat Center (Orangeville, Ontario, Canada)


Three-Day Nouwen Retreat (June 17-19, 2018)
Valley of the Mother of God Retreat Center (Orangeville, Ontario, Canada)
Three-Day Nouwen Retreat - Valley of the Mother of God Retreat Center
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada June 17-19, 2018



'Henri Nouwen and Our Common Union of Hearts'
Public Lecture at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Minneapolis, MN)
Wed., 7:30 pm - May 30, 2018


'Henri Nouwen and Our Common Union of Hearts'
Public Lecture at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Minneapolis, MN)
Wed., 7:30 pm - May 30, 2018



'Henri Nouwen and Our Common Union of Hearts'
Public Lecture at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Minneapolis, MN)
Wed., 7:30 pm - May 30, 2018
"Henri Nouwen and Our Common Union of Hearts"
Public Lecture at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Minneapolis, MN)
Wed., 7:30 pm - May 30, 2018



'Befriending Imperfection & Tension: Following the Journey of Henri Nouwen'
May 24-27, 2018 (Episcopal House of Prayer – St. John’s Collegeville, MN)


'Befriending Imperfection & Tension: Following the Journey of Henri Nouwen'
May 24-27, 2018 (Episcopal House of Prayer – St. John’s Collegeville, MN)


'Befriending Imperfection & Tension: Following the Journey of Henri Nouwen'
May 24-27, 2018 (Episcopal House of Prayer – St. John’s Collegeville, MN)
"Befriending Imperfection & Tension:
Following the Journey of Henri Nouwen"

May 24-27, 2018
(Episcopal House of Prayer – St. John’s Collegeville, MN)

2018 ASIAN TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS
(Feb. 23-Apr. 23, 2018)



Nouwen Seminar on Soul Companioning (Presbyterian Church, Indonesia – April 18-19, 2018)



Nouwen Seminar on Soul Companioning (Presbyterian Church, Indonesia – April 18-19, 2018)
Nouwen Seminar on Soul Companioning
(Presbyterian Church, Indonesia – April 18-19, 2018)



Nouwen Intensive Class at Seminari Theoloji Malaysia (April 10-13, 2018)
Nouwen Intensive Class at Seminari Theoloji Malaysia
(April 10-13, 2018)



A Spirituality of Integration” (Henri Nouwen Whole-Day Workshop)
April 7, 2018 (East Asia School of Theology - Singapore)



A Spirituality of Integration” (Henri Nouwen Whole-Day Workshop)
April 7, 2018 (East Asia School of Theology - Singapore)


A Spirituality of Integration” (Henri Nouwen Whole-Day Workshop)
April 7, 2018 (East Asia School of Theology - Singapore)
A Spirituality of Integration
(Henri Nouwen Whole-Day Workshop)
April 7, 2018 (East Asia School of Theology - Singapore)



Lenten Recollection Series
March 26-30, 2018 (Abbey of the Transfiguration)
Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Philippines



Lenten Recollection Series
March 26-30, 2018 (Abbey of the Transfiguration)
Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Philippines


Lenten Recollection Series
March 26-30, 2018 (Abbey of the Transfiguration)
Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Philippines
Lenten Recollection Series
March 26-30, 2018 (Abbey of the Transfiguration)
Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Philippines



Our Heart, God’s Home: Nouwen on the Spiritual Life (Whole-Day Seminar)
March 18, 2018 (Mother Ignacia Spirituality Center, RVM Compound)
Metro Manila, Philippines
Our Heart, God’s Home: Nouwen on the Spiritual Life (Whole-Day Seminar)
March 18, 2018 (Mother Ignacia Spirituality Center, RVM Compound)
Metro Manila, Philippines



Nouwen: A Spirituality of Imperfection (Whole-Day Recollection)
March 17, 2018 (The Center@Bethlehem in Tagaytay Highlands)
Philippines



Nouwen: A Spirituality of Imperfection (Whole-Day Recollection)
March 17, 2018 (The Center@Bethlehem in Tagaytay Highlands)
Philippines


Nouwen: A Spirituality of Imperfection (Whole-Day Recollection)
March 17, 2018 (The Center@Bethlehem in Tagaytay Highlands)
Philippines



Nouwen: A Spirituality of Imperfection (Whole-Day Recollection)
March 17, 2018 (The Center@Bethlehem in Tagaytay Highlands)
Philippines
Nouwen: A Spirituality of Imperfection (Whole-Day Recollection)
March 17, 2018 (The Center@Bethlehem in Tagaytay Highlands)
Philippines



Nouwen: A Spirituality of Imperfection (Special Talk)
March 15, 2018 (East Asia Pastoral Institute)
Ateneo de Manila University (Metro Manila, Philippines)
Nouwen: A Spirituality of Imperfection (Special Talk)
March 15, 2018 (East Asia Pastoral Institute)
Ateneo de Manila University (Metro Manila, Philippines)



Nouwen on Spiritual Polarities (Special Talk)
March 8, 2018 (San Jose Seminary)
Ateneo de Manila University (Metro Manila, Philippines)
Nouwen on Spiritual Polarities (Special Talk)
March 8, 2018 (San Jose Seminary)
Ateneo de Manila University (Metro Manila, Philippines)


Nouwen Weeklong Intensive Course
March 5-16, 2018 (Loyola School of Theology)
Ateneo de Manila University (Metro Manila, Philippines)
Nouwen Weeklong Intensive Course
March 5-16, 2018 (Loyola School of Theology)
Ateneo de Manila University (Metro Manila, Philippines)


Lenten Recollection (Henri Nouwen on Coming Home: Prodigal Son)
March 3, 2018 (Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat)
San Beda, Manila, Philippines
Lenten Recollection (Henri Nouwen on Coming Home: Prodigal Son)
March 3, 2018 (Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat)
San Beda, Manila, Philippines


Lenten Recollection (Henri Nouwen as Wounded Healer)
Feb. 28, 2018 (Holy Spirit Chapel)
Society of the Divine Word, Tagaytay City, Philippines

Lenten Recollection (Henri Nouwen as Wounded Healer)
Feb. 28, 2018 (Holy Spirit Chapel)
Society of the Divine Word, Tagaytay City, Philippines
Lenten Recollection (Henri Nouwen as Wounded Healer)
Feb. 28, 2018 (Holy Spirit Chapel)
Society of the Divine Word, Tagaytay City, Philippines

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"I thank Wil Hernandez for continuing to study and disseminate the brilliant gifts and Gospel-centered ministry of Henri Nouwen. This book, and his two other previous studies on Nouwen, are now keeping us all on message! Wil has become a friend of a friend, who was an inspired friend to all who love the simple and wondrous Gospel of Life. His writings and his ministry will stand the tests of time, because Henri Nouwen saw and wrote from a bright and clear level that is always true."

- From the Foreword

Richard Rohr, O.F.M
Center for Action and Contemplation

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