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best bibliography in english

I am pleased to announce the most comprehensive bibliography in English of Adrienne von Speyr.

This accomplishment is significant in that it gathers together the complete catalog of Adrienne in English. This page will be updated frequently to help grow the next era of scholarship on Adrienne. She has been and will be such a gift to the Church. Will you step in?

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best secondary bibliography

Long in progress, I am pleased to announce the most comprehensive secondary bibliography on Adrienne von Speyr ever available.

This accomplishment is significant in that it gathers together the not yet connected scholars of Adrienne who are needing each other to grow toward the next era of scholarship on Adrienne. She has been and will be such a gift to the Church. Will you step in?

Please support this research by donating. Thank you.

e-adrienne - digital editions of adrienne's works

As you may not have realized, the digitial revolution has officially begun. The clear sign—Adrienne von Speyr’s books are now available on the Kindle. The texts available are Book of All Saints, Confession, The Boundless God, To the Heart of the Mystery of the Redemption, and The Christian State of Life. You can also find these e-books at Ignatius Press too. You will also find that Ignatius offers an audio book of Three Women and the Lord

NB: I receive no sponsorship from Amazon, Ignatius Press, or any other publisher of Adrienne von Speyr’s books. I intend to keep it that way. Mind you, no publisher has asked. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

Happy e-reading your e-adrienne.

what is your favorite adrienne von speyr book?

As a growing number of works by Adrienne von Speyr are being translated, a richer picture of her thought is being painted in the English-speaking world.  No matter how many books of Adrienne von Speyr you have read, what book of hers is your favorite?

Please post it in the comments section below.

For those of you wondering about me, my favorite is Handmaid of the Lord.  You can see my other favorite von Speyr books here.

What is your favorite Adrienne von Speyr book?

von speyr in spanish

For those of you interested in reading Adrienne von Speyr in Spanish, I am happy to tell you about a new publishing house called Ediciones San Juan.Ediciones San Juan  

Their purpose is mainly to publish von Speyr's works in Spanish.  The translators know well her theology and mysticism so they are able to provide good faithful translations.

At the time of this post, these editions are available:

  • Ancilla Domini
  • El cantar de los cantares
  • Elías
  • La confesión
  • La creación
  • La misión de los profetas
  • La Palabra se hace carne: Meditaciones sobre el Evangelio de Juan, 1-5
  • La santa misa
  • María en la redencion 
  • Palabras de la cruz y sacramentos

Thanks to Alberto Valero for alerting me to this important work.

lumina and new lumina

Lumina and New LuminaA new translation is available of the small but valuable work, Lumina und Neue Lumina.  Published by Ignatius Press, this book, Lumina and New Lumina, which is a collection of aphorisms, really contemplative 'insights', should be graciously welcome in the English-speaking world.

"To get or to understand people always means: to look at them from God's angle, from the point of view communicated through Him.  It is not a science but a pure grace."

"Christian hope is a vessel in which faith lives; love carries it."

"Only when you are familiar with silence have you learned to speak; what you have to say can ripen only in silence."

new italian publication

The italian journal, Humanitas, has published a concentrated issue on Adrienne von Speyr as a mystic of the twentieth century.  Edited by Giacomo Coccolini, you will find these important articles: Humanitas, Adrienne von Speyr issue

Coccolini, G., "Introduzione" 

Martinelli, P., "Adrienne von Speyr e la mistica cristiana"

Servais, J., "Una mistica imperniata sulla Rivelazione giovannea. Adrienne von Speyr" 

Ouellet, M., "Adrienne von Speyr e il Sabato Santo della teologia" 

Krenski, Th., "Stefano o Gezabele? «Mistica oggettiva» di Adrienne von Speyr" 

Sincere thanks to Dr. Alberto Fanton for alerting me.  


new translation available - Book of All Saints

There will be a new Adrienne von Speyr translation available from Ignatius Press on March 28, 2008.  It is call the Book of All Saints.1274553-1373122-thumbnail.jpg

You can preorder it with them here or with another online bookstore.

This book is the first volume of the collection of posthumous works published by the Johannes Verlag.  For English-speaking von Speyr scholars (and it is possible to be such), this is quite exciting.  While I have read several of the entries in the German, it will be nice to have a translation of this profound work.  Rather than being a biography of the saints, this book gives us an interior image of the saint's prayer life. 

I am encouraged by Ignatius Press publishing this very mystical work of hers.  When this book becomes available, perhaps the English-speaking world will start to take more notice of Adrienne von Speyr as a major Christian mystical figure of the twentieth century.

are there dissertations on von speyr?

Yes, as far as I have been able to find, there are a few dissertations (one of which is my own). They are:

Berg, Blaise R. "Christian Marrige according to Adrienne von Speyr," S.T.D. diss., Lateran Pontifical University, John Paul II Institute of Studies on Marriage and Family, Rome, 2003.

Matro, Justin. “Christian Suffering in the Spiritual Writings of Adrienne von Speyr.” S.T.D. diss., Gregorian Pontifical University, Rome, 1999.

Miles, L. M. "Obedience of a Corpse: The Key to the Holy Saturday Writings of Adrienne von Speyr." Ph.D. diss., University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK, 2013. PDF available

Schiettecatte, J. “Disponibilité aimante: L’attitude d’amour johannique chez Adrienne von Speyr à la lumière de l’exégèse contemporaine.” S.T.D. diss., Teresianum Pontifical University, Rome, 1998.

Schmidt, William. “The Sacrament of Confession as Sequela Christi in the Writings of Adrienne von Speyr.” S.T.D. diss., Lateran Pontifical University, John Paul II Institute of Studies on Marriage and Family, Rome, 1999.

Sutton, Matthew. "The Gate of Heaven Opens to the Trinity: The Trinitarian Mysticism of Adrienne von Speyr." Ph.D. diss., Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 2007.

Others in process. I look forward to promoting more dissertations on von Speyr's vast theological and mystical work.

where can one find von speyr's works in german?

In the USA, finding Adrienne von Speyr's works in German can be difficult.  You can purchase most of them from the Johannes Verlag.  If you are looking for some of the privately published works (i.e. a few volumes of Die Nachlasswerke), you will have to try interlibrary loan through your own library.  The Alcuin Library at St. John's University has the most complete collection of Adrienne von Speyr in German, except for the second volume of Kreuz und Hoelle.  I would very much like to find a copy of this second volume.