Mary Frohlich, RSCJ
Professor Emerita of Spirituality
BA, Antioch College
MA, PhD, Catholic University of America
Sr. Mary is a Religious of the Sacred Heart who has been on the CTU faculty since 1993. She is a noted scholar of Carmelite spirituality, with publications on Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, and John of the Cross as well as on broader issues in the tradition. An active participant in the development of Spirituality as a discipline recognized within the academy, she served as President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality in 2007-2008. Current research interests include the contributions of the physical and human sciences to insight into spiritual transformation, contemplative contributions to fostering ecological conversion, and methodological issues in spirituality. In addition to teaching, she writes and leads workshops on Carmelite spirituality, spirituality as an academic discipline, and ecospirituality. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and leading outdoor retreats.
“Contemplation.” In Handbook of Prayer in the Catholic Tradition, edited by Robert J. Wicks. (Franciscan Media, 2016).
“’O Sweet Cautery’: John of the Cross and the Healing of the Natural World.” Horizons 43/2 (2016): 308-331.
“Can Dark Green Spirituality and Catholicism be Allies?” In Plural Spiritualities: North American Experiences, edited by Robert Schreiter, 33-52. Christian Philosophical Studies XIV. (Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2015.)
“Pilgrimage and the Roots of Carmelite Spirituality.” Studies in Spirituality 25 (2015): 99-116.
“Teresa of Avila’s Evolving Practices of ‘Representing’ Christ in Prayer.” In Halvor Eifring, ed., Meditation in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Cultural Histories (Bloomsbury 2013), 137-151.
“Drinking Living Water: Mysticism in the Midst of Life.” Religious Life Asia 16/1 (2014): 7-25.
“Mystics of the Twentieth Century.” In Julia A. Lamm, ed., The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism (Wiley-Blackwell 2013), 515-530.
“Authority.” In Amy Hollywood and Patricia Beckman, eds., Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism (Cambridge University 2012), 305-314.
“Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), The Interior Castle.” In Arthur Holder, ed., Christian Spirituality: The Classics (Routledge 2010).
“‘Set Me as a Seal Upon Your Heart’: Image and Imagelessness in Teresian Prayer.” The Way 49 (January 2010): 29‑44.
“Under the Sign of Jonah: Studying Spirituality in a Time of Ecosystemic Crisis.” Spiritus 9/1 (Spring 2009): 27-45.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux: Essential Writings. (Orbis, 2003).
Teresa de Lisieux: Escritos esenciales. (Sal Terrae, 2003)
The Lay Contemplative: Testimonies, Perspectives, Resources. (St. Anthony’s Messenger Press, 2000).