Bibliography for Benedictine Oblates

Rule of St. Benedict

Chittister, Joan, O.S.B. The Rule of Saint Benedict: Insight for the Ages. New York: Crossroads, 1992, 2002.

de Waal, Esther. Life-Giving Way: A Commentary on the Rule of Saint Benedict. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1995.

Dumm, Demetrius, O.S.B. Cherish Christ Above All: The Bible in the Rule of Benedict. New York: Paulist, 1996.

Fry, Timothy, O.S.B., ed. RB80. The Rule of St. Benedict. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1981.

Kardong, Terrence, O.S.B. Benedict's Rule: A Translation and Commentary. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1996.

Stead, Julian, O.S.B. St. Benedict's Rule for Beginners. New Rochelle: New City Press, 1993.

Taylor, Brian. Spirituality for Everyday Living: An Adaptation of the Rule of St. Benedict. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1989.

Tvedten, Benet, O.S.B. Share in the Kingdom: A Commentary on the Rule of Saint Benedict for Oblates. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1989.

Vest, Norvene. Preferring Christ. A Devotional Commentary and Workbook on the Rule of St. Benedict. Trabuco Canyon, CA: Source, 1991.

The Rule of St. Benedict Library. Primary and Secondary Sources. Ed. Scott Rains. CD-ROM. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1999. [Contains RB80, Kardong's commentary and translation, Latin and English bibles, Rule of the Master, De Waal, Life-Giving Way, Early Monastic Rules. A powerful study aid.]

The Life of Saint Benedict (Gregory the Great, Dialogues, Book II).

Gregory the Great, The Life of Benedict, Adalbert de Vogüé, com., Hilary Costello and Eoin de Bhaldraithe, tr. Petersham, MA: St. Bede, 1993.

General Histories of Monasticism

de Dreuille, Mayeul. From East to West: A History of Monasticism. New York: Crossroad, 1999.

King, Peter. Western Monasticism. A History of the Monastic Movement in the Latin Church. Kalamazoo: Cistercian, 1999.

Early Monasticism

de Dreuille, Mayeul. Seeking the Absolute Love: The Founders of Christian Monasticism. New York: Crossroad, 1999.

Desert Fathers and Mothers

Life of Blessed Syncletica. Tr. Elizabeth Bongie. Toronto: Peregrina, 1996. [Also in Vivian, Journeying]

Stewart, Columba, O.S.B., tr. Sayings from the Anonymous Series of the Apophthegmata Patrum. Fairacres, Oxford: SLG Press, 1986.

Swan, Laura. The Forgotten Desert Mothers: Sayings, Lives, and Stories of Early Christian Women. New York: Paulist, 2001.

Vivian, Tim, ed. Journeying into God: Seven Early Monastic Lives. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996. [Vivian has translated many other early monastic writings for such journals as Coptic Church Review.]

Ward, Benedicta, tr. The Desert Christian: Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection. New York: Macmillan, 1980 (1975).

---. Harlots of the Desert A Study of Repentance in the Early Monastic Sources. Kalamazoo: Cistercian, 1987.

---. tr. The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers: Apophthegmata Patrum from the Anonymous Series. Oxford: SLG Press, 1975. [Also Cistercian Publications].


Life of Antony. Tr. Robert Meyer. New York: Paulist, 1950.

Life of Antony and the Letter to Marcellinus. Tr. Robert Gregg. New York: Paulist, 1980.

Rubenson, Samuel. The Letters of St. Antony. Monasticism and the Making of a Saint. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995. [Scholarly. Has text of Antony's letters; another version of the letters is Chitty, Oxford, SLF].


Veilleux, Armand, trans. Pachomian Koinonia. The Lives, Rules, and Other Writings of Saint Pachomius and His Disciples. 3 vols. Kalamazoo: Cistercian,1980-1982.

Rousseau, Phillip. Pachomius: The Making of a Community in Fourth-Century Egypt. Berkeley: U California Press, 1985.

St. Basil

Augustine Holmes, A Life Pleasing to God: The Spriituality of the Rules of St. Basil. Kalamazoo: Cistercian, 2000.

Evagrius Ponticus

The MInd's Long Journey to the Holy Trinity. The Ad Monachos. Tr. Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1993.

Praktikos and Chapters on Prayer. Kalamazoo: Cistercian, 1981.

Jerome and Companions of Rome and Bethlehem

Handmaids of the Lord: Holy Women of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, tr. Joan M. Peterson. Kalamazoo: Cistercian, 1996, pp. 87-280.

Augustine of Hippo

Augustine, Confessions. [Many translations. Chadwick and Boulding are recent and well done.]

Possidius, "Life of St. Augustine," in The Western Fathers. Tr. F. R. Hoare. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1954.

Lawless, George. Augustine of Hippo and His Monastic Rule. Oxford: Clarendon, 1987.

John Cassian

Conferences. Tr. Colm Luibheid. New York: Paulist, 1985. [Selections].

Conferences. Tr. Boniface Ramsey, OP. New York: Paulist, 1997.

Institutes. Tr. Boniface Ramsey, OP. New York: Paulist, 2000.

Stewart, Columba, O.S.B. Cassian the Monk. New York: Oxford, 1998.

Early Rules and Lives

Early Monastic Rules. The Rules of the Fathers and the Regula Orientalis. Tr. Carmela Franklin, Ivan Havener, O.S.B., J. Alcuin Francis. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1982.

Journeying into God: Seven Early Monastic Rules. Tr. Tim Vivian. Miinneapolis: Fortress, 1996.

The Lives of the Jura Fathers. Tr. Tim Vivian, Kim Vivian and Jeffrey Burton Russell. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian, 1999.

The Rule of the Master, tr. Luke Eberle, O.S.B. Kalamazoo: Cistercian, 1977.

St. Martin of Tours

Sulpicius Severus. "Life of St. Martin. In Hoare, The Western Fathers. Also Writings of Sulpicius Severus. Tr. Bernard Peebles. Ed. Roy J. Deferarri. New York: Fathers of the Church, 1949.

Benedictine History and Saints

Farmer, D. H., ed. Benedict's Disciples. Harrisburg, PA: Gracewing, 1995.

Kulzer, Linda, and Roberta Bondi, eds., Benedict in the World Portraits of Monastic Oblates. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2002.

Leclercq, Jean, O.S.B. Love of Learning and Desire for God. Tr. C. Misrahi. [Out of print. Published by Fordham University Press and Mentor-Omega.]

Lawrence, C. H. Medieval Monasticism: Forms of Religious Life in Western Europe in the Middle Ages. New York: Longman.

Schmidt, Miriam, O.S.B., and Linda Kulzer, O.S.B., eds. Medieval Women Monastics: Women's Wellsprings. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1996.

[Among medieval monastics whose writings one might wish to read are St. Anselm of Canterbury, St. Bernard, Hildegard of Bingen, Pierre de Celle, Gertrude of Helfta. Louis de Blois (Blosius)].

Rippinger, Joel, O.S.B. The Benedictine Order in the United States. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1990.

Books on Lectio Divina

Casey, Michael, O.C.S.O. Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina. Ligouri, MO: Triumph Books, 1997.

Colombás, Garcia M., O.S.B. Reading God: Lectio Divina. Schuyler, NE: BMH Publications, 1993.

Hall, Thelma. Too Deep for Words: Rediscovering Lectio Divina. New York: Paulist, 1988.

Magrassi, Mariano, O.S.B. Praying the Bible: An Introduction to Lectio Divina. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1998.

Pennington, Basil, O.C.S.O. Lectio Divina: Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures. New York: Crossroad, 1998.

Vest, Norvene. No Moment Too Small: Rhythms of Silence and Reading. Kalamazoo: Cistercian, 1994.

Contemporary Reflections on Benedictine Life and Values

Canham, Elizabeth. Heart Whispers: Benedictine Wisdom for Today. Nashville: Upper Room Books, 1999. (Study guide available)

Casey, Michael, O.C.S.O. Towards God. The Western Tradition of Contemplation. Melbourne: Collins Dove, 1989.

---. The Undivided Heart: The Western Monastic Approach to Contemplation. Petersham, MA: St. Bede's, 1994.

Cummins, Charles, O.C.S.O. Monastic Practices. Kalamazoo: Cistercian, 1986. de Waal, Esther. Seeking God: The Way of Saint Benedict. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1984.

de Waal. Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict (Collegeville, MN; Liturgical Press, 1984, 2002.

---. Living with Contradiction: Reflections on the Rule of Saint Benedict. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1989.

Feiss, Hugh, O.S.B. Essential Monastic Wisdom. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1999.

Funk, Mary Margaret. Thoughts Matter. The Practice of the Spiritual Life. NY: Continuum, 1999.

---. Tools Matter for Practicing the Spiritual Life. NY: Continuum, 2001.

Homan, Daniel and Lonni Collins Pratt, A Balanced Life: An Ancient Monk's Insights for a Balanced Life. Chicago: Loyola UP, 2000

---. Radical Hospitality. Benedict's Way of Love. Brewster, MA: Paraclete, 2002.

Hume, Basil, O.S.B. Searching for God. 1977; Petersham: St. Bede's, 1992.

Kardong, Terrence, O.S.B. Benedictines. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1988.

Norris, Kathleen. The Cloister Walk. New York: Riverhead, 1996.

Stewart, Columba, O.S.B. Prayer and Community. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1999.

Tinsley, Ambrose, O.S.B. Pax: The Benedictine Way. Dublin: Columba, 1994.

Tvedten, Benet, O.S.B. The View from a Monastery. New York: Riverhead, 1999.

Vest, Norvene. Friend of the Soul: A Benedictine Spirituality of Work. Cambridge, MA: Cowley, 1997.

Ware, Corinne. Saint Benedict on the Freeway. A Rule of Life for the 21st Century. Nashvile: Abingdon, 2001.

Online Resources for Oblates

Academic Resources

  • About Saint Benedict - (by the late Abbot Jerome Theisen, OSB)
  • Rule of Benedict -- (by chapters or as daily readings; you can have it mailed to you automatically each day; Leonard Doyle translation)
  • Dialogues, Bk II (Life of St. Benedict by Gregory the Great) -- (old translation somewhat updated; available in smaller files with index)
  • American Monastic Newsletter --
  • General information -- (links to saints, lectio divina, geographic database and addresses)
  • A complete course in early monastic history:

    Spiritual Resources

  • Daily Reflection -- www.sja.osb/slp/ (by Don Talafous, osb)
  • Liturgy of the Hours online --
  • Readings and Psalm Cycle for Liturgy of the Hours from Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS --
  • Lectio divina --
  • Listening and Responding: Benedictine Spirituality in Non-Monastic Contexts by Wil Derkse --
  • Various topics:
  • Excellent prayer site by Irish Jesuits --


  • Oblate Formation --
  • St. Vincent Archabbey, PA -- Oblation Formation Manual --
  • St. Andrew's Abbey, CA -- What It Means to be an Oblate; Oblate Constitutions --
  • Oblates of the World Community of Christian Meditation (Laurence Freeman, OSB, Monastery of Christ the King, London) --