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The Climate of Monastic Prayer


Thomas Merton; Foreword by Sarah Coakley

This guide to monastic prayer, written in 1968 and thus turning out to be Thomas Merton's final testament to us, is now available in a new edition commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of his death. ...

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Saint Columban

His Life, Rule, and Legacy
Terrence G. Kardong, OSB

Saint Columban: His Life, Rule, and Legacy contains a new English translation of a commentary on the entire Rule of Columban. Columban was a sixth-century Irish monk who compiled a written rule of lif ...

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The Crown of Monks


Smaragdus of Saint-Mihiel; Translated by David Barry, OSB

Smaragdus was a monk and abbot of considerable standing in the early ninth century church. His Diadema Monachorum (The Crown of Monks), together with a later commentary on the Rule of Saint Benedict, ...

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Separate but Equal

Cistercian Lay Brothers 1120-1300
James France

The institution of the lay brotherhood was not original to the Cistercians, but they developed it to its fullest extent. Although lay, the conversi were under the same vows as monks and represented a ...

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The Life of the Vows

"Initiation into the Monastic Tradition, 6"
Thomas Merton; Edited by Patrick F. O'Connell

As novice master of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Thomas Merton presented weekly conferences to familiarize his charges with the meaning and purpose of the vows they aspi ...

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Christian de Chergé

A Theology of Hope
Christian Salenson; Translated by Nada Conic

Christian de Chergé, prior of the Cistercian community at Tibhirine, Algeria, was assassinated with six of his fellow monks in 1996. De Chergé saw his monastic vocation as a call to be a person of pra ...

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The Book of the Elders

Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Systematic Collection
Translated by John Wortley; Foreword by Bernard Flusin

In the early part of the fourth century, a few Christians, mostly men and some women, began to withdraw from "the world" to retreat into the desert, there to practice their new religion more seriously ...

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The Great Beginning of Citeaux

A Narrative of the Beginning of the Cistercian Order
Translated by Benedicta Ward, SLG, and Paul Savage; Edited by Rozanne Elder

In the closing decades of the twelfth century, the Cistercian Order had become an important ecclesiastical and economic power in Europe. Yet it had lost its influential spokesman, Bernard of Clairvaux ...

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Lovers of the Place

Monasticism Loose in the Church
Francis Kline, OCSO; Foreword by Michael Downey

In Lovers of the Place, Abbot Francis Kline provided a fresh vision of the monastic life as one form of the Christian vocation that must find its place alongside other expressions of Christian life. H ...

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The Art of Winning Souls

Pastoral Care of Novices
Michael Casey, OCSO

In his chapter on the procedure for the reception of new brothers, Saint Benedict makes provision for entrusting them to the care of "a senior who is skilled in winning souls who will diligently pay a ...

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I Am the Way

Stages of Prayer in Saint Bernard
Maureen McCabe, OCSO

As founding abbot of Clairvaux, Bernard's giftedness and good judgment made him an often-sought resource by both church and secular powers, and in that capacity, he was sometimes delightful and someti ...

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Finding The Treasure

Letters from a Global Monk
Augustine Roberts, OCSO

Augustine Roberts is a New England Yankee, transplanted by circumstance first to Argentina and then to Rome, from where frequent travel took him to nearly every part of the globe. The historical era i ...

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Monastic Observances

"Initiation into the Monastic Tradition, 5"
Thomas Merton; Edited by Patrick F. O'Connell

In this set of novitiate conferences from the late 1950s, Thomas Merton provides a vivid and detailed introduction to the traditional pattern and practices of the monastic day during the period immedi ...

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Useful Servanthood

A Study of Spiritual Formation in the Writings of Abba Ammonas
Bernadette McNary-Zak, Nada Conic , Brother Lawrence Morey, OCSO, Richard Upsher Smith, Jr.

Useful Servanthood introduces English-speaking readers to Abba Ammonas, disciple and successor of Saint Antony of the Desert and a prominent figure of fourth-century Egyptian monasticism. As a directo ...

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Following the Footsteps of the Invisible

The Complete Works of Diadochus of Photikë
Cliff Ermatinger

Fifth-century Christianity was a theological battlefield. With the Messalian heretics and their experientialist spirituality on the one side and the intellectualist school on the other, representative ...

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