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Carmelite Authors 101


Br. Lawrence of the Resurrection

February 6, 2010

Presenter:  Salvatore Sciurba, O.C.D.,
translator of The Practice of the Presence of God


St. Theresa of Avila

March 6, 2010

Presenter:  Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D.,
translator of The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila


St. Thérèse of Lisieux

April 24, 2010

Presenter: Marc Foley, O.C.D., lecturer, retreat leader, and author of The Context of Holiness: Psychological and Spiritual Reflections on the Life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux


St. John of the Cross

October 16, 2010

Presenter: Kevin Culligan, O.C.D., Carmelite writer, lecturer, and retreat leader


Elizabeth of the Trinity

November 6, 2010

Presenter:  Daniel Chowning, O.C.D., Carmelite writer, lecturer, and retreat leader


Edith Stein/St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross

December 4, 2010

Presenter:  John Sullivan, O.C.D., regional superior, Washington Province of the Discalced Carmelite friars, and Carmelite educator and editor


Other Carmelite Spirituality Resources


Hope for Today From Saints Catherine, Teresa, and Thérèse

February 16, 2011

Presenter: Catherine M. Mooney, STM associate professor of Church history

This lecture explores the ways in which three women Doctors of the Church give us reason to hope for the Church and world.  They are St. Catherine of Siena, a Dominican Tertiary, and Carmelites St. Teresa of Avila and St.Thérèse of Lisieux.

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry



A Contemplative Vision of the Mystics

June 9, 2012

Presenter: Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I., president of the Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas, and author of many books, including The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality.

Fr. Rolheiser offers reflections on St. Thérèse of Lisieux and the contemporary Carmelite mystic Ruth Burrows, as part of a daylong session which included large group Centering Prayer practice.

Cosponsored by Contemplative Outreach of New England, the School of Theology and Ministry, and The Church in the 21st Century Center


Most Reverend Dr. Rowan Williams

What the Outsider Sees:
Teresa of Avila and the Contemplative Vision

July 11, 2015

Presenter: Most Reverend Dr. Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, England, and served as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002-2012.

St. Teresa’s thoughts on encountering and living with God are much shaped by her position as an outsider to the hierarchical world of her day.  This lecture reflects on the contemplative as the outsider, and what she brings to prayer and theology. 

Cosponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry and the Institute of Carmelite Studies


André Brouillette

The Spirit at Work: St. Teresa of Avila in Life

March 31, 2016

Presenter: André Brouillette, S.J. 

A doctor of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila's spiritual writings and efforts to renew the Church are widely recognized as divinely inspired. What can the life and works of Teresa teach us regarding the action of the Holy Spirit, whose presence is as discreet as it is potent?  This lecture explores how the movement of the Spirit can be uncovered through its surprising dynamic imprint in human life.   

Cosponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry  and the Institute of Carmelite Studies