Recommended Reading


A Right to Be Merry Sister Mary Francis, Sheed and Ward (1956)
My Beloved: The Story of a Carmelite Nun
Mother Catherine Thomas, McGraw Hill, New York (1955, 1962)
The Hidden Life: Hagiographic Essays, Meditations, Spiritual Texts (Stein, Edith//the Collected Works of Edith Stein)
Burnt Out Incense (The saga of Citeaux. American Epoch) M. Raymond, OCSO, P.J. Kennedy & Sons, N.Y. (1949)
1012 Monastery Road: A Spiritual Journey William Meninger, OCSO, St. Bede’s Publicaitons, Petersham MA.
Open Mind Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel Thomas Keating, OCSO, Element (Reissue 1994)
The Wound of Love: A Carthusian Miscellany (Cistercian Studies Series) Cistercian Publications ISBN #08790775


The Fire in These Ashes: Spirituality of Contemporary Religious Life, Joan Chittester, OSB, Sheed and Ward.
Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
, Joan Chittester, OSB, Harper, San Francisco (1991)
In a High Spiritual Season (Women’s Wisdom), Joan Chittester, OSB.
Seasons of Your Heart: Prayers and Reflections, Revised and Expanded
Macrina Wiederkehr, Harper Collins (1991)
Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict (Second Edition) Esther De Waal, Liturgical Press (1985)
Forever Your Sister: Reflections on Leaving Convent Life Anthology by 22 Former Sisters, North Star Prof St. Cloud (1998)
Grace before Meals: Food Ritual and Body Discipline in Convent Culture Patricia Curran Urbana, Univ. of Illinois Press (1989)


An American Nun in Taiwan, Sister Mary Paul, Doubleday (1967)
The Springs of Silence, Madeline deFrees (Sr. Mary Gilbert), New York, Prentice Hall (1953)

WITH LOVE AND LAUGHTER. Sr. Maryanna, O.P., Hanover House (1960).
Stare Back and Smile: Memoirs (ISIS Large Print) Joanna Lumley, Penguin (1990)
The Servant of God Mother Mary Angeline Teresa, O. Carm: Daughter of Carmel, Mother to the Aged Jude Meade, C.P., St. Bede’s Publications, Inc.
The Called and the Chosen. The Diary of Sister Ursula Auberon, Enclosed Nun at the Abbaye de la Sainte Croix, Framleghen Karol Jackowski, Ave Maria Press
Mary Mackillop’s Sisters a Life Unveiled Anne Henderson, Harper Collins (1997)
Through the Narrow Gate: A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery Karen Armstrong, Macmillan Co (1981)

Fiction Based on Fact

In This House of Brede Rumer Godden, Pan Books (1970) (fiction baesed on fact)
The Nun’s Story Katherine Hulme, Little Brown Co., Boston (1956)(fiction based on fact)
Unveiled: Nuns Talking (A, B) Mary Loudon, Vintage (1992), Templegate Pub. (1993)
I Leap Over The Wall – Contrasts And Impressions After Twenty-Eight Years In A Convent Monica Baldwin, NY Rinehart (1950)(fiction based on bio)

History and Contemporary Writings on Nuns, Sisters, and Religious Life

Veil and Cowl: Writings from the World of Monks and Nuns James B. Simpson, editor Ivan R. Dee, Inc. (1994)
Marvels of Charity: History of American Sisters and Nuns George C. Stewart, Jr., Our Sunday Visitor, Inc. (1994)
Sisters in Arms: Catholic Nuns through Two Millennia Jo Ann Kay McNamara, Cambridge, Harvard University Press
Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women’s Religious Communities Ann Carey, Our Sunday Visitor Press
Sisters: Lives of Devotion and Defiance Julia Lieblich, Ballantine Books (1992)
Whatever Happened to the Good Sisters: A Collection of Real Life Stories Kathleen W. Fitzgerald and Claire Breault, editors, Whales’ Tales Press (1992)


VISION Magazine – a handbook for discernment- can be ordered through

Introduction to the Devout Life
St. Francis De Sales Image Books (Reissue 1972)
Listening to the Music of the Spirit: The Art of Discernment David Lonsdale, SJ
Weeds Among the Wheat Discernment: Where Prayer and Action Meet
Thomas Green, SJ, Ave Maria Press (1984)

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