Saints & Blesseds

Albert the Great: Theologian and Scientist
Translated by Fr. Thomas O'Meara, O.P.

These essays are an important resource for American medievalists, showing that St. Albert was not only a scientist and philosopher, but a theologian and a political mediator as well. Fr. O’Meara’s translations and study guide help bring the life and thought of this remarkable medieval scholar, who was considered to be an “astonishing wonder” by his contemporaries, to an American audience.
At Prayer with Saint Dominic
Fr. Michael Monshau, O.P.

This small series of books on prayer presents a wonderful opportunity for Saint Dominic's relatively unpublicized life of prayer to be shared with others. Dominic lived in a milieu in which popular devotion quickly surrounded notable holy persons after their deaths. However, the earliest Dominicans discouraged the development of such devotion in Dominic’s case. They were concerned that if the man were emphasized, his work—the Holy Preaching—would be neglected, and the Holy Preaching is clearly what Dominic's life was all about. This book contains fifteen meditation to help the reader appreciate the many facets of St. Dominic that made him such a dynamic preacher and holy man. Each mediation also includes a scripture passage to several suggested prayer exercises. 
At Prayer with Saint Thomas Aquinas
Sr. Mary of Mercy Houle, O.P.; Fr. Michael Monshau, O.P.; and Fr. Patrick Norris, O.P.

Just as food is required for human life, so are companions. At Prayer with Saint Thomas Aquinas is more than just a book about the spirituality of Thomas Aquinas. This book seeks to engage you in praying in the way that Thomas did about issues and themes that were central to his experience. Each meditation can enlighten your understanding of his spirituality and lead you to reflect on your own experience. The goal of Praying with Thomas Aquinas is that you will discover Thomas's rich spirituality and integrate his spirit and wisdom into your relationship with God, with your brothers and sisters, and with your own heart and mind.
Blessed Margaret of Castello: Servant of the Sick and the Outcast
Mary Elizabeth O'Brien, O.P.

Blessed Margaret’s life, as illustrated in Dr. O’Brien’s work, vividly exemplifies what Pope Francis is calling all people of the world to embrace, to become ministers of mercy and compassion. Margaret, born blind and with serious physical challenges, abandoned by her parents and left homeless, experienced firsthand the indifference and suffering of those she was called by God to serve, the poor, the sick and the outcast. With a profound faith in a Loving Father, she brought hope and healing to the lost and the unwanted. This ministry is what we are called upon to embrace today; to transform our world so that every person is loved and cared for as the summit of God’s creative genius. Blessed Margaret’s life gives us this model of mercy and compassion.
Brother Martin: Servant Leadership in Ministry to the Sick
Mary Elizabeth O'Brien, O.P.

In this, her latest work, Sr. Mary Elizabeth introduces a side of Brother Martin too long obscured by the ‘Legend’ and invites us to look beyond the miracles and countless healings which are so familiar. Not only does she guide her readers to a vantage point from where they can observe the young protagonist, Martin, grow in wisdom and ability, she methodically highlights the unique qualities and virtues that influenced him. It is those same essential characteristics, which define a Servant Leader, that we will watch mature into Brother Martin’s life of service, one deeply rooted in love. Brother Martin: Servant Leadership in Ministry to the Sick is a must-read for all who are either discerning the call to ministry, service or leadership or are simply desirous of rekindling the flame of authentic servant leadership.
Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church:
Notes on Her Life and Teaching

Translated by Fr. Thomas McDermott, O.P.

Giacinto (Hyacinth) D’Urso (1913-2002), Dominican friar of the Province of San Marco and Sardegna (later the Roman Province), is regarded by many Italian commentators as the foremost expert on the mysticism of Catherine of Siena. In 1970, the year Catherine was proclaimed Doctor, Fr. D’Urso wrote his magnum opus, a 113-page article, in the form of notes, on the life and teaching of the Sienese saint in the review Temi di Predicazione published by the Dominicans in Naples. D’Urso brought to this work a classical theological training, knowledge of mysticism in general, his Dominican vocation, and an ardent love of Catherine. He is careful and thorough in his summaries and analyses; his conclusions are balanced and reliable. His style is literary, succinct, and dense. Most important, his scholarship reveals new depths to Catherine’s thought, making for a new appreciation of her on the 40th anniversary of Paul VI’s proclamation.
Catherine of Siena: Essays on Her Life and Thought
Edited with an Introduction by Fr. Thomas McDermott, O.P.


New Priory Press is proud to present this volume of six classic essays on the life and thought of St. Catherine of Siena (1347-80), Dominican mystic and Doctor of the Church. The essays, which include several that appear here in English for the first time, are: Thomas Deman, O.P., “Theology in the Life of St. Catherine of Siena”; Thomas McDermott, O.P., “Catherine of Siena: Doctor of Communion”; Maria Francesca Carnea, “Freedom and Politics in St. Catherine of Siena”; Yves Congar, O.P., “The Holy Spirit in the Prayers of St. Catherine of Siena”; Michael J. Houser, “Processo Castellano. An excerpt from the testimony of Fra Bartolomeo Dominici”; Antoine Lemonnyer, O.P., “The Spiritual Life in the Teaching of St. Catherine of Siena.”
Catherine of Siena: A Sacred Covenant of Caring for the Sick
Mary Elizabeth O'Brien, O.P.

Saint Catherine of Siena has long been considered the patroness of those who minister to the ill and the infirm. Nevertheless, many biographies of the saint pay only minimal attention to Catherine’s care of the ailing. This text reveals the breadth and the beauty of the saint’s tender and compassionate care for those who are ill, documenting the life of a courageous young Dominican tertiary for whom no task of caregiving was distasteful or burdensome. Catherine was both mystic and minister; her secret was that she saw in each ailing neighbor the personification of Christ, her beloved spouse. Saint Catherine’s 14th century care for the sick, carried out in the home, the hospital, the prison and the community, provides inspiration and guidance for contemporary ministers to the sick. She is an inspiring example for all who minister to the ill within the contemporary healthcare environment.
Exploring Thomas Aquinas: Essays and Sermons
Translated by Fr. Thomas O'Meara, O.P.

Here, writings by students and scholars of Thomas Aquinas' theology offer a panoply of insights. Theologians from recent decades (M.-D. Chenu, O.P.; Yves Congar, O.P.; Jean-Pierre Torrell, O.P.; C.J. Pinto de Olivera, O.P.; Walter Principe, C.S.B.; Edward Schillebeeckx, O.P.; and Karl Rahner, S.J.) look at central themes like the human person, divine presence, cultural history, Christianity and the world religions, and the church and the papacy. Religious thinking from the past illumines contemporary problems, questions, and ways of thinking.
The Inner Life of the Most Reverend Hyacinthe-Marie Cormier, O.P.: 76th Master General of the Dominican Order
Henri Desqueyrous, O.P. and translated by Fr. George Christian, O.P.

Armed with the material collected by the intended author (who died suddenly), the team that took over filled in details culled from Cormier's own writings. Thus, the text could be said to be almost an autobiography. The team succeeded in presenting the main in all his complexity.
Saint Margaret of Castello: A Hymn to Her Life
Fr. Gianni Festa, O.P., and Fr. Fabrio Bricca

Like St. Paul in his writings to the Corinthians, St. Margaret was content with her weaknesses, insults, and hardships for the sake of Christ; therein was her strength. Body, mind and soul,
St. Margaret gave herself to her God and to her neighbor. This book will inspire and surprise since the harvest of immersing oneself in her life is the discovery of the pearl of great price residing at the core of one’s own weaknesses.
Saint Thomas Aquinas: A Biography for Young Readers
Mary Ellen Evans, Geoffrey Gneuhs, and Margaret Nichols

Saint Thomas Aquinas is a saint for the ages. He is also a saint for all ages now thanks to the work of Mary Ellen Evans, Geoffrey Gneuhs and Margaret Nichols. In this narrative retelling of the life of the great theologian, our saint comes alive for young readers looking to find out about the life of such a gifted mind without having to struggle with the deep philosophy in which he finds the profound truths of God. This is a great introduction to this Dominican saint and is very readable for all ages.
The Spirituality of the Celtic Saints
Fr. Richard Woods, O.P.

The inspired wisdom of the saints and scholar who made the Celtic lands a lamp of learning and holiness.
St. Martin de Porres: In the Service of Compassion
Fr. Jacques Ambec, O.P. and translated by Fr. George Christian, O.P.

This text is a compilation of activities in the life of St. Martin de Porres that have direct reference to his medical and palliative services, along with prayers pertinent to those activities. The author, Jacques Ambec, is a Dominican from Toulouse (France) and has been engaged in various health services. He has written works that have been published by the St. Paul Company and by Tequi publishers in Paris.