Conference to Explore Spiritual Legacy of Henri Nouwen


A national conference at the University of San Diego will explore the legacy of Henri J.M. Nouwen, which offers a unique perspective on developing a spirituality capable of responding to today’s conflicts with a peaceful heart.


“Revolution of the Heart: The Counter-Cultural Spirituality of Henri Nouwen” takes place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10.

Nouwen’s books including “The Inner Voice of Love” and “Return of the Prodigal Son” sold more than seven million copies making him perhaps the most widely read author of Christian spirituality in the late 20th century.

Conference speakers include a number of his friends and colleagues including Sue Mosteller, C.S.J., of Toronto L’Arche, and John Dear, S.J., who was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“Conference workshops will explore the lessons from his spiritual writings for our difficult times – including lessons of love, service and global solidarity. It will be a great weekend of reflection and inspiration to deepen our own spiritual journeys and recommit ourselves to the work of creating a more just, peaceful world,” said Father Dear.

The Henri Nouwen Society and Point Loma Nazarene University are sponsoring the event with USD. For registration and more information go to or call 619 260-4656.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.