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—Books, Articles and Audio tapes by ACS Members
Rosalie Bertell, GNSH [died 2012]
No Immediate Danger: Prognosis for a Radioactive Earth (1985)
Planet Earth: The Latest Weapon of War (2000)
Beryl Singleton Bissell
A View of the Lake—Living the Dream on Lake Superior (2011)
The Scent of God: A Memoir (2007)
Beatrice Bruteau
The Psychic Grid: How We Create the World We Know (1979) ISBN 0835605310
Radical Optimism (1992), Sentient Publications, 2008, ISBN 1-59181-001-9
What We Can Learn from the East (1995), ISBN 0824514572
The Other Half of My Soul (ed.) (1996), ISBN 0835607178
God’s Ecstasy (1997), ISBN 0824516834
The Grand Option (2001), ISBN 0268010420
Jesus Through Jewish Eyes (ed.) (2001), ISBN 1570753881
Ann Denham (died 2014)  and Gert Wilkinson
Cloister of the Heart: Association of Contemplative Sisters. A history of ACS.  Xlibris (2009)
Myriam G. Dardenne, OCSO [died 2002]
Fragments For An Autobiography   (2008)
Laura Dunham, Ph.D, OblSB
Path of the Purified Heart:  The Spiritual Journey as Transformation Cascade Books (2012)
Mary Frohlich, RSCJ
“Authority.”In Amy Hollywood and Patricia Beckman, eds., Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism (Cambridge University 2011), forthcoming.
"'Set Me as a Seal Upon Your Heart': Image and Imagelessness in Teresian Prayer." The Way 49 (January 2010): 29-44.
“Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), The Interior Castle.” In Arther Holder, ed., Christian Spirituality: The Classics(Routledge 2010).
“Under the Sign of Jonah: Studying Spirituality in a Time of Ecosystemic Crisis.” Spiritus 9/1 (Spring 2009): 27-45.
“The ‘Thirst of Jesus’ in the Vocations of Mother Teresa and Therese of Lisieux.”New Theology Review 21/4 (2008): 70-77.
“Critical Interiority.”Spiritus 7/1 (Spring 2007): 77-81.
“Thérèse of Lisieux and a Spirituality for a Divided Church.” Spirituality 12 (February 2006): 17-20.
“Discernment as a Way of Life.”New Theology Review 18/3 (August 2005): 41-51.
“Keeping Current: Discernment.”New Theology Review 18/1 (February 2005): 83-86.
“Angels” and “Prayer” in The New Book of Knowledge. Danbury, CT: Scholastic Library, 2005.
“‘The Myth of the Garden’ and Spiritual Ministry in Postmodern America.” In Edward Foley and Robert Schreiter, eds., The Wisdom of Creation (Liturgical Press, 2004), 92-106.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux: Essential Writings. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2003.
“A Spirituality for Times of Illness: The Case of Thérèse of Lisieux.” New Theology Review 14/4 (November 2001): 32-43.
“Christian Mysticism in Postmodernity: Thérèse of Lisieux as a Case Study.” In David B. Perrin, Women Christian Mystics Speak to Our Times(NY: Sheed and Ward, 2001), 157-172.
“What I Know and Don’t Know: A Christian Reflects on Buddhist Practice.” Buddhist-Christian Studies 21 (2001): 37-41.   Re-published in: R. M. Gross and T. C. Muck, Christians Talk about Buddhist Meditation, Buddhists Talk about Christian Prayer(NY: Continuum, 2003), 20-26.
“Spiritual Discipline, Discipline of Spirituality: Revisiting Questions of Definition and Method.” Spiritus 1 (2001): 65-68. Republished in: Elizabeth A. Dreyer and Mark S. Burrows, Minding the Spirit: The Study of Christian Spirituality(Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), 65-78.
"Technological Shortcuts to Enlightenment: Boon or Bane for Christians?" Studies in Interreligious Dialogue 7 (1997): 76-89.
"From Mystification to Mystery: Lonergan and the Theological Significance of Sexuality." In Cynthia Crysdale, ed., Lonergan and Feminism, pp. 175-98. University of Toronto Press, 1994.
This is a selection of Sr. Mary Frohlich’s most recent writings.
Rev. Suzanne Guthrie
          Praying the Hours

          Grace's Window

Carolyn Humphreys, OCDS, OTR

Mystics in the Making:  Lay Women in Today's Church.  Gracewing U.K.   

Mary Killeen Lyons

Contemplative Experience: A Phenomenological  Study of the Spiritual and Psychological Dimensions of the Mystical Encounter.(1998) Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA. 
A Ph.D. dissertation examining the question:How do post-modern contemplative women perceive and describe their experience of God?    
Access: Search for:  Pacifica Graduate Institute, Research Library, Dissertation Resources. 
Publication Number - AAT 9951483ISBN– 97805995562710Pacifica ProQuest doc. ID 730229721    
Virginia Manss and Mary Frohlich, RSCJ
The Lay Contemplative—Testimonies, Perspectives, Resources.Edited by Virginia Manss and Mary Frohlich. Cincinnati, OH: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2000.
 Mary Jo Meadow 
Christian Insight Meditation: Following in the Footsteps of John of the Cross (Boston: Wisdom, 2007), edited by Mary Jo Meadow, RES Founding Teacher.
Through A Glass Darkly: A Spiritual Psychology of Faith, Mary Jo Meadow (New York:Crossroad, 1996) Out of Print.  Limited quantities available from
Gentling the Heart: Buddhist Loving Kindness Practice for Christians, Mary Jo Meadow.Out of Print.Limited quantities available from
VilmaSeelaus, OCD  [died 2012]
Distractions in Prayer: Blessing or Curse?  ISBN: 0-8189-0985-4 
Lectures available at Carmel Clarion Communications:
Thérèse: Child, Girl, Woman
Self-Emptying:  Philippians 2 and the Carmelite Tradition
The Mystical Life of Jesus in Teresa and John
Carmelite Mysticism as Theology
Tapes available at Alba House Communications:
God In The Human Story: Through The Eyes of Therese Of Lisieux
Theresa's Inner Journey to Transformed Consciousness
Live from your Center: Teresa and the Momentum of Prayer
Teresa of Availa: Human Liberation
Meditation on the Compost Heap: Crisis and Divine Transformation
Teresa's Way of Peacemaking in a Nuclear Age
Teresa, Feminism, and the Humanity of Christ
The Feminine in Prayer
Teresa: Beyond Individualism
The Mystery of Commitment
Live The Presence of God
The Self: Mirror of God
Phyllis Zagano
Women & Catholicism: Gender, Communion and Authority   (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011)

Women in Ministry:  Emerging Questions About the Diaconate (Paulist, 2012) 

Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future (with Gary Macy and W. T. Ditewig) (Paulist Press, 2012).

The Dominican Tradition: Spirituality in History. Co-edited, with an introduction, with Thomas McGonigle, OP. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2006.
Called to Serve: A Spirituality for Deacons. Liguori Publications, 2004.
Dorothy Day. Edited, with an introduction.“In My Own Words” Series, Liguori Publications, 2003.
Twentieth-Century Apostles: Christian Spirituality in Action. Edited, with an introduction. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1999, Second Printing 2001.
Things New and Old: Essays on the Theology of Elizabeth A. Johnson. Co-edited, with an introduction, with Terrence W. Tilley. New York: Crossroad/Herder, 1999.
The Exercise of the Primacy: Continuing the Dialogue. Co-edited, with an introduction and afterword, with Terrence W. Tilley. New York: Crossroad/Herder, 1998.
Woman to Woman: An Anthology of Women's Spiritualities. Edited, with an introduction. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1993. Second Printing, 1994.Third Printing, 1997.

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