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I felt entirely hidden under the veil of the Blessed Mother.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux


Mary Frohlich, R.S.C.J.

Frohlich’s research interests include mystical dimensions of “conversion of the Earth,” contribution of women in seventeenth century French Spirituality, methodological issues in spirituality, and Carmelite Spirituality. Each year at the Summer Seminar in Carmelite Spirituality, she offers lectures and workshops with a particular focus on the women of Carmel. Her publications include essays on spirituality as a discipline, Carmelite spiritual writers, and topics in ecospirituality.

Frohlich has edited two collections, The Lay Contemplative (St. Anthony’s Messenger, 2000) and St. Therese of Lisieux: Essential Writings (Orbis, 2003).

She has written two books, authored over thirty journal articles, and contributed more than ten chapters to books, including: “The Space of Christic Performance: Teresa of Avila through the Lens of Michel de Certeau” in Elina Gertsman, ed., Visualizing Medieval Performance: Perspectives, Histories, Contexts (Ashgate 2008); “Barbe Acarie and the Founding of Carmel in France.” in three parts in Spirituality 13 (2007), 14 (2008); “Critical Interiority,” Spiritus 7/1 (Spring 2007);"Therese of Lisieux and Jeanne d'Arc: History, Memory and Interiority in the Experience of Vocation" Spiritus 6/2 (Fall 2006); “‘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);“Teresa, Foundress and Storyteller: Reading the Foundations,” Review for Religious 61/1 (Jan.-Feb. 2001);“Spiritual Discipline, Discipline of Spirituality: Revisiting Questions of Definition and Method,” Spiritus 1 (2001), republished in: Elizabeth A. Dreyer and Mark S. Burrows, Minding the Spirit: The Study of Christian Spirituality (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005); “Desolation and Doctrine in Thérèse of Lisieux,” Theological Studies 61 (2000).


Lectures by Mary Frohlich R.S.C.J.

St. Thérèse and Priesthood
Mary Frohlich R.S.C.J.

Thérèse of Lisieux passionately desired to be an ordained priest. Some are disturbed by the fact that she, a woman, wanted to be a priest at all. Others are often discomforted by the highly exalted spirituality of the priesthood and the Eucharist that motivated her in that desire. By disturbing us in these ways, our latest Doctor of the Church is inviting all of us, wherever we start from, to risk a new exploration of what priesthood and Eucharist are really intended to mean in the Church of Jesus Christ. Only thus will we be able to live the Eucharistic unity and transformation that Christ longs for in his Church.


Barbe Acarie & the Beginnings of Carmel in France

Mary Frohlich R.S.C.J.

Barbe Acarie was a remarkable woman who demonstrated a Christian way and left a lasting legacy to her church. She began to have overwhelming mystical experiences at the age of 24 as a mother of five young children and later became a Carmelite Lay Sister remembered as Blessed Marie of the Incarnation, OCD. Her story includes the beginnings of Teresan Carmel in France in the 16th century and gives insight into the paths to become a Carmelite Sister at that time.


The Education of Desire in the Letters of Madeline de Saint-Joseph

Mary Frohlich R.S.C.J.

Madeline of Saint-Joseph lived from 1578 to 1607 and was the first French Prioress of the Discalced Carmel. She represents that first planting of the discalced Carmel outside of Spain. She is very little known in the English speaking world because very little has been translated but the 300 letters that exist are almost all letters of spiritual guidance. This talk will discuss first, Madeline’s own spiritual desires, second, her practice of spiritual guidance - what she taught about the practice of spiritual guidance, and third how she practiced the education of desire.