We’re looking for donations of specific books to our library so that the Sisters have access to these from their arrival. A list appears below of the texts that they will find helpful. They welcome multiple copies of many of these. Perhaps you might have one or two of these spare at your house? Perhaps you might see a copy for sale at a second hand store?

If you are able to help, please send the books to:
Carmelite Monastery of Jesus, Mary & Joseph
PO Box 150
Mathoura NSW 2710
AUSTRALIA

We encourage those who send a book to affix a note to the inside cover with their name and perhaps a small prayer intention, so that the Sisters may offer a specific prayer for the intentions of those who have donated each time they read the book.

An up-to-date copy of the list will be maintained on this page, and we’ll clearly mark any entries if we have already received sufficient copies.

We are so grateful for the generosity of all those who continue to contribute to our Monastery fund. If you have yet to make a donation, the details can be found on the donation page on our website. Any donation, large or small, can make a difference and regular weekly or monthly donations are also a great way to give ongoing support.

May God reward you for your generosity!

Book list

The complete works of Our Holy Mother St. Teresa of Jesus, including:

  • Her “Life”
  • “The Way of Perfection”
  • “The Interior Castle”
  • “The Foundations”
  • Her letters
  • Her poems

(We are in need of multiple copies, preferably the translations of E. Allison Peers, but also some ICS* translations.)

The complete works of Our Holy Father St. John of the Cross, including:

  • “The Ascent of Mount Carmel”
  • “The Spiritual Canticle”
  • “The Dark Night of the Soul”
  • “The Living Flame of Love”

(We are in need of multiple copies, preferably the translations of E. Allison Peers, but also some ICS translations.)

  • His poems translated by Roy Campbell

The complete works of St. Therese of Lisieux, including:

  • “The Story of a Soul” (preferably the translation of John Clarke OCD)
  • Her letters
  • “The Last Conversations”
  • Her poems

Biographies of Our Holy Mother St. Teresa of Jesus, especially:

  • “St. Teresa of Avila” by William Thomas Walsh
  • “Teresa of Avila” by Marcelle Auclair
  • Her biography by Francisco de Ribera SJ (not sure if it is available in English)

Biographies and studies on the works of Our Holy Father St. John of the Cross,
especially:

  • “The Life of St. John of the Cross” by Crisógono de Jesús
  • “St. John of the Cross” by Fr. Bruno
  • “Faith According to St. John of the Cross by Karol Wojtyla (St. John Paul II)
  • “The Secret of Sanctity of St. John of the Cross” by Father Lucas of St. Joseph OCD (translated by Sr. Mary Alberto CSJ)
  • “Union with God According to St. John of the Cross” by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen
  • St. John of the Cross Doctor of Divine Love and Contemplation by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen

Writings on St. Therese, especially:

  • “I Believe in Love” by Père Jean du Coeur de Jésus D’Elbée
  • “The Spirituality of St. Therese” by L’Abbé André Combes
  • “With Empty Hands” by Fr. Conrad de Meester
  • “The Power of Confidence” by Fr. Conrad de Meester
  • “The Story of a Life” by Guy Gaucher
  • “The Passion of St. Therese” by Guy Gaucher
  • “My Sister St. Therese” by Sister Geneviève of the Holy Face (Celine Martin)
  • “The Story of a Family” by Stéphane-Joseph Piat OFM
  • The Complete Works of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity (ICS publishes them in two or three volumes)
  • “Reminiscences of Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity” by the Carmel of Dijon
  • “Elizabeth of the Trinity, the Unfolding of her Message” by Joanne Mosley
  • “He is my Heaven” by Jennifer Moorecroft
  • “The Spiritual Doctrine of Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity” by M.M. Philipon OP
  • Letters of St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes
  • “God the Joy of my Life, a biography of St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes” by Michael D. Griffin OCD
  • “Testimonies to Blessed Teresa of the Andes” compiled by Michael D. Griffin OCD

The Writings of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein):

  • “Life in a Jewish Family”
  • “Essays on Woman”
  • “The Hidden Life”
  • “Self Portrait in Letters 1916-1942”
  • “The Science of the Cross”
  • “Edith Stein, a Biography” by Waltraud Herbstrith
  • “Edith Stein, the Life of a Philosopher and Carmelite” by Teresia Renata Posselt OCD

Also

  • Liber Usualis
  • “Let Him do it, the Life of Maravillas de Jesús OCD” by Cerro de los Angeles and La Aldehuela Carmels, Spain
  • “Following the Path of Divine Love” (another biography of St. Maravillas, by La Aldehuela?)
  • The autobiography of Bl. Ana de San Bartolomé
  • Any biography of Ven. Anne of Jesus (Ana de Jesús)
  • “The Prophet of Carmel” by Rev. Charles B. Garside, M.A.
  • “The Practice of the Presence of God” Brother Laurence of the Resurrection
  • “Barbe Acarie, Wife and Mystic” by Lancelot C. Sheppard
  • “Mariam the Little Arab” by Amédée Brunot SCJ
  • “In the Silence of Mary, the Life of Mother Mary of Jesus”
  • “Seraph Among Angels” by Sister M. Minima, Carmelite
  • “God is Love, St. Teresa Margaret: her Life” by Sister Teresa Margaret DC
  • “To Quell the Terror” by William Bush
  • “Carmel its History Spirit and Saints” by the Discalced Carmelites of Boston and Santa Clara
  • “Handbook to the Life and Times of St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross” by E. Allison Peers
  • “Explanation of the Holy Rule of Carmel in the Form of Meditations and Examens” by Reverend Mother Mary of St. Peter, Prioress of the Carmel of Arles
  • “Carmelite Asceticism” by Very Rev. Father Anastasius of the Holy Rosary OCD
  • “Spiritual Exercises to Serve for the Annual Retreat of a Carmelite”
  • “The Carmelite Directory of the Spiritual Life”
  • “I Want to see God” by P. Marie Eugène OCD
  • “I am a Daughter of the Church” by P. Marie Eugène OCD
  • “The Perfect Carmelite” by Padre Silverio de Santa Teresa
  • “Manual for Novices” (also called “The Instruction of Novices”) by Ven. John of Jesus Mary
  • “Spiritual Commentary on the Constitutions of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns” by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen OCD
  • “The Cenacle” by Abbé L.G.
  • “Carmel is all Mary’s” by Fr. Conrad

Anything by

  • Father Silverio de Santa Teresa
  • Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen
  • Very Rev. Father Anastasius of the Holy Rosary

Spanish books:

  • The Complete Works of our Holy Mother Saint Teresa of Jesus (Obras Completas de Santa Teresa de Jesús) including her letters (cartas) and the Way of Perfection in the Escorial and Valladolid redactions
  • The Complete Works of our Holy Father Saint John of the Cross (Obras Completas de San Juan de la Cruz)
  • “Vida Mística de la Madre Maravillas de Jesús, su alma” by Baldomero Jiménez Duque
  • “Vida de Santa Teresa” by P. Francisco de Ribera SJ
  • “El Legado de Teresa de Jesús”

* ICS stands for the Institute of Carmelite Studies