Recommended Reading

Current recommendations in spiritual reading material:


Andersen, Frank, M.S.C., Making the Eucharist Matter, Ave Maria Press, 1998, Notre Dame, IN (ISBN 0-87793-695-1).

Recommended by: Karen & Tom Sink, “We were deeply moved by this book – it is one of the most profound books we’ve read in a long time. Fr. Andersen brings the Eucharist into focus as the “source and summit” of our Catholic life in a way no other author we know of has been able to do. We rate this book ten out of ten.”

Rolheiser, Ronald, O.M.I., The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality,
Doubleday, 1999, New York, NY, (ISBN 0-385-49418-1).

Recommended by: Maureen & Mike Oates, “This book provides insights in a possible, attainable, and workable Christian Spirituality for all pilgrims on this journey. Outstanding is his explanation of the difference between charity and social justice, on “pathological busyness”, on balance and gratitude in our lives, the need to find God in our home and that spirituality is “domestic” rather than “monastic”, and how we are sustained by the ordinary (as rites) each day. This is a very worthwhile book.”

Gittins, Anthony J., A Presence that Disturbs: A Call to Radical Discipleship, Liguori/Triumph, 2002, Liguori, MO, (0-7648-0848-6).

Currently being used for spiritual direction by four deacon couples in the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

Mraz, Dottie, Ministry and the Family of the Permanent Deacon, Alt Publishing Co., 1997, Green Bay, WI, (0-8146-1566-X).

This book has been recommended by various diaconate formation programs around the country, especially during initial formation.