Revolution of the Heart: The Counter Cultural Spirituality of Henri Nouwen

Please join us at the University of San Diego for this premiere two-day conference featuring speakers and friends of Henri Nouwen, the renowned Catholic priest, writer and activist. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Date and Time

Friday, February 9, 6 - 9 p.m. and
Saturday, February 10, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


University of San Diego
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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Cost is $150 per seat, $25 for first 50 students.
Scholarship funds may be available.

"Revolution of the Heart" Conference Details

The call to freedom and peace resounds as a deep need in our divided culture and violent times. The legacy of Henri J.M. Nouwen, perhaps the most widely read author of Christian spirituality of the later part of the 20th century, offers a unique perspective into developing an embodied spirituality that is capable of responding to today's divides with a powerfully peaceful heart. Originally from the Netherlands, he spent many years in North America, mostly as an academic teaching courses on spirituality. But it was his time in Latin America, and his exposure to the liberation theology of Gustavo Gutierrez, that transformed him most profoundly. His exposure to the political insecurity and economic disparity of the marginalized communities he encountered pushed his private contemplative experience into one that was rooted in an active and reflective faith. By following his example, this conference aims to offer the world fresh resources by which we can "dip deeply into the well of our own lives" to discern the ongoing liberating movements of God.

Featured Keynote Speakers: 

Fr. John Dear, Priest, author and internationally known speaker and nonviolent activist

Sue Mosteller, CSJ, Sister of St. Joseph, spiritual author and close friend of Henri Nouwen

Robert Ellsberg, publisher at Orbis Books and longtime friend of Henri Nouwen

Shane Claiborne, Leader of the Simple Way in Philadelphia and author of "The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical"

Gabrielle Earnshaw, founding archivist of the Henri Nouwen Archives and editor of "Love, Henri"

Joe Abbey-Colborne, actor and pastoral leader

Registration Cost

Registration cost: $150  

Students (first 50): $25

Scholarship funds may be available.

Accommodations are available at a discounted rate at the nearby Hacienda Hotel in Old Town. Be sure to mention you are attending a USD event.


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Sponsors Include

USD Center for Christian Spirituality, The Henri Nouwen Society, USD Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, Point Loma Nazarene University.

For more information, please contact Erin Bishop (619) 260-4785 or visit


Download the event flyer (PDF).

View a short video of Henri Nouwen


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