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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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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 impactedby 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.

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The Pathway of Waiting
An excerpt from Henri Nouwen's
Finding My Way Home

Passion is a kind of waiting – waiting for what other people are going to do. Jesus went to Jerusalem to announce the good news to the people of that city. And Jesus knew that he was going to put a choice before them: Will you be my disciple, or will you be my executioner? There is no middle ground here. Jesus went to Jerusalem to put people in a situation where they had to say “Yes” or “No”. That is the great drama of Jesus’ passion: he had to wait for their response. What would they do? Betray him or follow him

In a way, his agony is not simply the agony of approaching death. It is also the agony of being out of control and of having to wait. It is the agony of a God who depends on us to decide how to live out the divine presence among us. It is the agony of the God who, in a very mysterious way, allows us to decide how God will be God. Here we glimpse the mystery of God’s incarnation. God became human not only to act among us but also to be the recipient of our responses.

. . . And that is the mystery of Jesus’ love. Jesus in his passion is the one who waits for our response. Precisely in that waiting the intensity of his love and God’s is revealed to us.


'Soul Companioning' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (Louisiana/Arkansas Conference)
February 8-13, 2015

'Soul Companioning' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (Louisiana/Arkansas Conference)
February 8-13, 2015


'Soul Companioning' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (Louisiana/Arkansas Conference)
February 8-13, 2015


'Soul Companioning' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (Louisiana/Arkansas Conference)
February 8-13, 2015
“Soul Companioning” (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (Louisiana/Arkansas Conference)
February 8-13, 2015


'Mystery, Tension, Polarities' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (San Antonio, Texas)
Jan. 18-23, 2015

'Mystery, Tension, Polarities' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (San Antonio, Texas)
Jan. 18-23, 2015

'Mystery, Tension, Polarities' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (San Antonio, Texas)
Jan. 18-23, 2015


'Mystery, Tension, Polarities' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (San Antonio, Texas)
Jan. 18-23, 2015
“Mystery, Tension, Polarities” (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (San Antonio, Texas)
Jan. 18-23, 2015


Weekend Nouwen Retreat with Fuller Seminary Students
Nov. 14-16, 2014 (Saint Andrew’s Abbey, Valyermo, CA)
Weekend Nouwen Retreat with Fuller Seminary Students
Nov. 14-16, 2014
Saint Andrew’s Abbey, Valyermo, CA


'Befriending Imperfection and Tension: In the Footsteps of Henri Nouwen'
Three-Day Retreat (Oct. 29-31, 2014) at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers, GA)


'Befriending Imperfection and Tension: In the Footsteps of Henri Nouwen'
Three-Day Retreat (Oct. 29-31, 2014) at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers, GA)

'Befriending Imperfection and Tension: In the Footsteps of Henri Nouwen'
Three-Day Retreat (Oct. 29-31, 2014) at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers, GA)


'Befriending Imperfection and Tension: In the Footsteps of Henri Nouwen'
Three-Day Retreat (Oct. 29-31, 2014) at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers, GA)


'Befriending Imperfection and Tension: In the Footsteps of Henri Nouwen'
Three-Day Retreat (oct. 29-31, 2014) at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers, GA)
"Befriending Imperfection and Tension: In the Footsteps of Henri Nouwen"
Three-Day Retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers, GA)
Oct. 29-31, 2014


'Wholeness through Brokenness: Henri Nouwen on Being a Wounded Healer'
Weekend Retreat at The Casa, Scottsdale, AZ (Oct. 17-19, 2014)


'Wholeness through Brokenness: Henri Nouwen on Being a Wounded Healer'
Weekend Retreat at The Casa, Scottsdale, AZ (Oct. 17-19, 2014)

'Wholeness through Brokenness: Henri Nouwen on Being a Wounded Healer'
Weekend Retreat at The Casa, Scottsdale, AZ (Oct. 17-19, 2014)


'Wholeness through Brokenness: Henri Nouwen on Being a Wounded Healer'
Weekend Retreat at The Casa, Scottsdale, AZ (Oct. 17-19, 2014)



'Wholeness through Brokenness: Henri Nouwen on Being a Wounded Healer'
Weekend Retreat at The Casa, Scottsdale, AZ (Oct. 17-19, 2014)
"Wholeness through Brokenness: Henri Nouwen on Being a Wounded Healer"
Weekend Retreat at The Casa, Scottsdale, AZ
Oct. 17-19, 2014


'Coming Home: Henri Nouwen on the Reality of Our Journey'
Weekend Retreat: Oct. 3-5 (Potter’s Inn at Aspen Ridge, CO)

'Coming Home: Henri Nouwen on the Reality of Our Journey'
Weekend Retreat: Oct. 3-5 (Potter’s Inn at Aspen Ridge, CO)

'Coming Home: Henri Nouwen on the Reality of Our Journey'
Weekend Retreat: Oct. 3-5 (Potter’s Inn at Aspen Ridge, CO)

'Coming Home: Henri Nouwen on the Reality of Our Journey'
Weekend Retreat: Oct. 3-5 (Potter’s Inn at Aspen Ridge, CO)
"Coming Home: Henri Nouwen on the Reality of Our Journey"
Weekend Retreat: Oct. 3-5 (Potter’s Inn at Aspen Ridge, CO)


Nouwen Presentation in Los Angeles, California (May 6, 2014)
Hosted by Theology Connection (A Ministry of the Paulist Fathers)


Nouwen Presentation in Los Angeles, California (May 6, 2014)
Hosted by Theology Connection (A Ministry of the Paulist Fathers)




Nouwen Presentation in Los Angeles, California (May 6, 2014)
Hosted by Theology Connection (A Ministry of the Paulist Fathers)


Nouwen Presentation in Los Angeles, California (May 6, 2014)
Hosted by Theology Connection (A Ministry of the Paulist Fathers)
Nouwen Presentation in Los Angeles, California
Hosted by Theology Connection (A Ministry of the Paulist Fathers)
(May 6, 2014)



Nebraska Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska (April 27-May 2, 2014)

Nebraska Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska (April 27-May 2, 2014)

Nebraska Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska (April 27-May 2, 2014)

Nebraska Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska (April 27-May 2, 2014)

Nebraska Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska (April 27-May 2, 2014)

Nebraska Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska (April 27-May 2, 2014)
Nebraska Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska
(April 27-May 2, 2014)


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'Henri Nouwen: A Life of Hope Amidst Tension' Workshop Presentation
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at Anaheim Convention, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)


'Henri Nouwen: A Life of Hope Amidst Tension' Workshop Presentation
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at Anaheim Convention, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)



'Henri Nouwen: A Life of Hope Amidst Tension' Workshop Presentation
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at Anaheim Convention, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)



'Henri Nouwen: A Life of Hope Amidst Tension' Workshop Presentation
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at Anaheim Convention, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)
"Henri Nouwen: A Life of Hope Amidst Tension" Workshop Presentation
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at Anaheim Convention, California
March 15, 2014

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Paulist Press Nouwen Book Signing
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Exhibit Hall
Anaheim Convention Center, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)



Paulist Press Nouwen Book Signing
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Exhibit Hall
Anaheim Convention Center, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)



'Henri Nouwen: A Life of Hope Amidst Tension' Workshop Presentation
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at Anaheim Convention, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)



Paulist Press Nouwen Book Signing
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Exhibit Hall
Anaheim Convention Center, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)
Paulist Press Nouwen Book Signing
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Exhibit Hall
Anaheim Convention Center, California
March 15, 2014


'Finding Our Way Home: Our Journey with Henri Nouwen'
Weekend Retreat at Our Lady's Hill Retreat Center
Bago City, Negros Occidental (Philippines)
Feb. 21-23, 2014

'Finding Our Way Home: Our Journey with Henri Nouwen'
Weekend Retreat at Our Lady's Hill Retreat Center
Bago City, Negros Occidental (Philippines)
Feb. 21-23, 2014
"Finding Our Way Home: Our Journey with Henri Nouwen"
Weekend Retreat at Our Lady's Hill Retreat Center
(Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines)
Feb. 21-23, 2014
Click HERE to view Slideshow/Video


Book Lecture/Signing (Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)
Carmel-Mandalagan (Bacolod City, Philippines)
Feb. 20, 2014


Book Lecture/Signing (Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)
Carmel-Mandalagan (Bacolod City, Philippines)
Feb. 20, 2014

Book Lecture/Signing (Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)
Carmel-Mandalagan (Bacolod City, Philippines)
Feb. 20, 2014
Book Lecture/Signing
(Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)

Carmel-Mandalagan (Bacolod City, Philippines)
Feb. 20, 2014


Book Lecture/Signing (Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)
St. Scholastica's Retreat Center (Tagaytay)
Feb. 17, 2014

Book Lecture/Signing (Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)
St. Scholastica's Retreat Center (Tagaytay)
Feb. 17, 2014


Book Lecture/Signing (Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)
St. Scholastica's Retreat Center (Tagaytay)
Feb. 17, 2014
Book Lecture/Signing
(Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)

St. Scholastica's Retreat Center (Tagaytay, Philippines)
Feb. 17, 2014

Living from Our Sacred Center: Henri Nouwen on the True Self
"Living from Our Sacred Center: Henri Nouwen on the True Self"
Weekend Retreat at St. Scholastica's Retreat Center (Tagaytay, Philippines)
Feb. 14-16, 2014
Click HERE to view Slideshow/Video

For this 2014, perhaps, some of you can join a retreat, a seminar, a workshop, or a course dealing with the spirituality of Henri Nouwen (click HERE to check out the 2014 Calendar of Events). Join me as we all partake in and continue to share with others the rich spiritual legacy of Henri Nouwen.

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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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