Spirituality & Charism


Barsotti, Divo (1980) The Spirituality of St. Angela Merici, translated by Sr. M. Dominic Kelly (1985). Sligo Printing.

Buser, Martha, OSU. Also in Your Midst : Reflections on the Spirituality of St. Angela Merici. Green Bay, Wis.: Alt Pub., 1990.  Video Discussion by chapter

____________. Lover of us All: Further Reflections on the Spirituality of St. Angela Merici. Louisville: Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, 2012. Video Discussion by chapter         Charism video

Durkin, Mary-Cabrini. Angela Merici’s Journey of the Heart : The Rule, the Way. Boulder, CO: WovenWord Press, 2005.

Howard, Janice, OSU.  Angela: A woman faced with two alternatives, she saw and chose the third. Australian Province of Ursulines, Croydon Park, NSW, Australia. 1989.

Ledóchowska, Teresa. Angela Merici and the Company of St. Ursula : According to the Historical Documents. v.1-2. Rome: Ancora, 1967.

____________. In Search of the Charism of the Institute of the Ursulines of the Roman Union. Rome: Ursulines of the Roman Union, 1976.

Mariani, Luciana, OSU, and Marie-Benedicte Rio, OSU [tr. Armida Veglio, OSU]. Against the Tide: Angela Merici. [Contra Vents et Marées au Souffle de l’Esprit]. Rome. 2004.

Mariani, Luciana, Elisa Tarolli, and Marie Seynaeve. Angela Merici : Contribution Towards a Biography. Milano: Ancora Milano, 1989. [critical study] Internet Archive edition

Mazzonis, Querciolo.  Spirituality, Gender, and the Self in Renaissance Italy: Angela Merici and the Company of St. Ursula (1474-1540). Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2007.

Rio, Marie-Bénédicte, osu.  Angela Merici: The scribe and the witnesses [Three Writings of Gabriel Cozzano, Angela’s secretary and Chancellor of the Company (1540-1546)] Testimonies of the Life of the Reverend Mother Sister Angela Franciscan Tertiary or Processo Nazari (1568). Rome. Roman Union of the Order of Saint Ursula. 2001.

[Roman Union?]  The Spirit of Saint Angela.  1950.

Stone, M. Ignatius, OSU. Angela’s Alphabet: Culled from Her Life and Writings. Ursuline Convent: Westgate-on-Sea, Kent. 2009.

____________. Commentary on the Writings of Saint Angela Merici : Rule, Counsels, Legacies. S.L.: S.N., 1996.

Vas, Sister Rita. The Spirituality of Evangelical Charity in the Life and Writings of St. Angela Merici. Asian Trading Corporation. 58, 2nd Cross, Da Costa Layout, St. Mary’s Town, Bangalore  560 084  India                 


Follow the Spirit:  Angela Merici and the Ursulines. Editions Signe. 1998.

Forward in Joy: 365 Days with Angela Merici.  Strasbourg: Editions Signe. 2005?

With a Great and Longing Heart: Praying with Angela Merici. Editions Signe.  

 Articles, Papers & Chapter Selections

Angeli, Sister Paola, OSU.  “Obedience to the Spirit in St Angela: Ideas for Discernment” (Italian)

Blaisdell. Charmarie J. “Angela Merici and the Ursulines.” DeMolen, Richard L, and John C Olin, eds.. Religious Orders of the Catholic Reformation : In Honor of John C. Olin on His Seventy-Fifth Birthday. New York: Fordham University Press, 1994. 99-138.

Curtis, Carol, OSU (Louisville).  The Way Love Works: The Charism of Community in Saint Angela Merici. [thesis]. St Meinrad, IN. 2019. Introductory video 

____________.  Above All: Envisioning a Community of Love – A Survey of the Spirituality of Saint Angela Merici. St. Meinrad, IN. 2018.

Jarrell, Lynn, OSU (Louisville). Canonical History 1500-1900. [dissertation]. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University. 1984.

____________. Charism of Angela. [license]. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University. 1980.

Klaffenbach, Karen, OSU (Paola).  “Angela and the Eucharist.”

Latz, Dorothy L.. St. Angela Merici and the Spiritual Currents of the Italian Renaissance, [dissertation], 1986.

____________. “The Writings of St. Angela Merici in the Light of Bonaventuran Exemplarism: The Motherhood, Fatherhood, and Transcendence of God.” Mystics Quarterly. 10 (1984), 126-35.

McBride, Alfred, O.Praem. “Angela Merici: A Champion of Educational Rights for Women.” (ch). Saints are People: Church History through the Saints. Wm Brown Co. 1981. pp131-6.

Mazzonis, Querciolo.  “A female ideal of religious perfection: Angela Merici and the Company of St Ursula (1535-1540).”  Renaissance Studies. 18(3). 391-411.

__________. “Mysticism and the Bride of Christ.” Presentation: Angela Retreat Experience, Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland (Pepper Pike, Ohio), July 14, 2011.

Miller, Linda Lucatrell, The Merician Charism in an Ursuline High School [dissertation].

Undset, Sigrid.  “St. Angela Merici: A Champion of the Women’s Movement.” (ch) Stages on the Road (tr. From Norwegian Arthur G. Chater). 1934.  Reprint 2012. E-book available.

Zappa, Jean Anne, OSU (Louisville).  “Angela and Saint Paul.” St Meinrad, IN.

____________. “Angela’s Writings and the Didache.” St Meinrad, IN.

Conferences & Reflections

Centro Mericiano [Brescia, Italy] “The extraordinary Experience of St Angela Merici (ca. 1476-1540).” 4pp. (3/25/12).

Curtis, Carol, OSU (Louisville).  “Angela and Creation.”

____________. “Pentecost Reflection.”  Video version

____________. “Walk the World with Love.”

Seynaeve, Marie, OSU [RU]

__________. “Angela explains Scripture.”

__________. “Angela’s Charism as Spouse of the Lord.” 10pp.

__________.  “Angela’s Closeness to Nature.”

__________.  “Angela’s Counsels for the Coronavirus Epidemic.” 2pp.

__________.  “Angela’s Vision of Leadership.” 16pp.

__________. “Angela’s Way to Holiness.” [Saint-Saulve, January 2019]

__________. “Called Anew.”

__________.  “Dialogue & Shared Leadership.” 4pp.

__________. “Francis & Angela.” International gathering of Ursulines of the Roman Union.

__________. “Justice and Peace.”

__________.  “Life & Message of St. Angela Merici: Your message for us today.” 14pp.

*__________.  “Life & Personality of St. Angela Merici: Your message for us today.” *Centro 

__________.  “Liturgical Prayer in Relation to Everyday Life.” 8pp.

__________.  Mutual Love.”. [French]

__________.  “Praying with Angela.” 12pp.

__________.  “Spiritual Progress.” 7pp.

__________.  “Spirituality” 

__________.  Research on Saint Angela.

Online posts

COSU blog, “Monica.” Series of spiritual reflections engaging Angela’s spirituality. 2009-13.