Keynote Speakers

Read short biographies of the Henri Nouwen conference speakers.

Sue Mosteller, CSJ

Sue Mosteller is a Sister of St. Joseph, who for the past forty years has lived with people with disabilities in the L'Arche Daybreak Community in Toronto. She served as leader of the International Federation of L'Arche, working with Jean Vanier, and has had a wide experience with different cultures and different religious traditions. Sue was close friend and confidant of the late Fr. Henri Nouwen during the ten years he was pastor at Daybreak prior to his death. She authored three books, the latest being "Light Through the Crack, Life After Loss."

Rev. John Dear

Rev. John Dear is an internationally recognized voice and leader for peace and nonviolence. A priest, activist and author, he recently helped draft Pope Francis' Jan. 1, 2017 World Day of Peace message on nonviolence. John was a friend of Henri Nouwen's, and edited Henri's peace writings in two books, "The Road to Peace" and "Peacework."

Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne is a best selling author, renowned activist, sought-after speaker, and self proclaimed "recovering sinner." Shane writes and speaks around the world about peacemaking, social justice and Jesus, and is the author of numerous books including "The Irresistible Revolution," "Jesus for President," and his newest book "Executing Grace" (February 2016). He is the visionary leader of the Simple Way in Philadelphia, and co-director of Red Letter Christians.

Robert Ellsberg

Robert Ellsberg is the Publisher of Orbis Books, where he worked closely with Henri Nouwen in his last years. A former managing editor of the Catholic Worker, he has edited several volumes of writings by Dorothy Day. He is the author of several books on saints, including "All Saints" and "Blessed Among Us."

Gabrielle Earnshaw

Gabrielle Earnshaw is the founder archivist of the Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research Collections at the University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto. She holds a BA honours in History from Queen's University and a Master's of Archival Science from the University of British Columbia. She is co-editor of "Turning the Wheel: Henri Nouwen" and "Our Search for God" (Orbis, 2008) and is currently working on editing a selection of Henri Nouwen's letters for publication in September 2016 with Random House.

Joe Abbey-Colborne

Joe Abbey-Colborne is grateful for the opportunity to share in the life of Henri Nouwen and his influence on Joe's life and work. He brings 20 years' experience in front-line pastoral inner-city ministry among the street-involved and socially marginalized. His pre-ministry background in theatre and the visual arts, along with various social service agencies, social justice and inter-faith work, are resources he draws on to work toward healthy and whole community. He is a pastor and chaplain working with seniors.