Recommemded Readings and Required Readings For RCC Holy Orders


Introduction to Celtic Christianity – BOLDED + 1 REQUIRED

James P. Mackey, An Introduction to Celtic Christianity

Davies & Bowie, editors, Celtic Christian Spirituality: An Anthology of Medieval and Modern Sources

George G. Hunter III, The Celtic Way of Evangelism: How Christianity Can Reach the West . . . Again!

George G. Hunter III, The Celtic Way of Prayer, rev. 2010

J. Philip Newell, The Book of Creation: An Introduction to Celtic Spirituality, 1999

Timothy J. Joyce, Celtic Christianity

Ted Olsen, Christianity and the Celts

Thomas Cahill; How the Irish Saved Civilization

Nigel Pennick; The Celtic Saints

Bede; The History of the English Church and People

Adomnan; The Life of St. Columba

Ian Bradley, Celtic Christian Communities


Celtic Spirituality – 1 rEQUIRED

J. Philip Newell, Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation, 2009

Neil Kennedy-Jones, Gerlinde Kennedy-Jones, and Andrew M Seddon, Walking with the Celtic Saints: A Devotional, 2004

Esther de Waal, The Celtic Way of Prayer, 1999

J. Philip Newell, Listening for the Heartbeat of God

Shirley Toulson; The Celtic Year

Brendan Lehane; The Quest of the Three Abbots / Early Celtic Christianity

Flavia Anderson; The Ancient Secret

Esther de Waal; Every Earthly Blessing

Michael Mitton; The Soul of Celtic Spirituality in the lives of its Saints

Edward Selner; The Wisdom of the Celtic Saints

Fr. David Adam; Fire of the North: The Life of St. Cuthbert

Taylor; The Coming of the Saints

Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

Christopher Bamford and William Parker Marsh, Celtic Christianity: Ecology and Holiness


Spirituality and Asceticism  - 1 REQUIRED

Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul

Thomas Moore, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life

Karl Rahner, On Prayer

St. John of the Cross, Dark Night of the Soul

Richard Gribble, The History and Devotion of the Rosary

John Michael Talbot, The Music of Creation


Biblical Studies – 2 REQUIRED

William Barclay, Introducing the Bible

Harry Emerson Fosdick, Modern Use of the Bible

G. E. Wright, Biblical Archaeology

John Shelby Spong, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism

John Shelby Spong, Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes

Bernhard W. Anderson, Understanding the Old Testament


Theology – bold + 1 required

+Taoiseach Thomas Faulkenbury, The Life and Teachings of St. Morgan of Wales (essay) here.

+Taoiseach Thomas Faulkenbury, Universalism in the Christian and Celtic Traditions (essay)... click here.

+Taoiseach Thomas Faulkenbury, And God Said It Was Good (essay)... click here.

Evelyn Underhill, An Anthology of the Love of God

Gerry Beauchemin, Hope Beyond Hell

Eric Stetson, Christian Universalism: God's Good News For All People

Neal Punt, A Theology of Inclusivism

Brian D. McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy

Bruce Bawer, Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity

Philip Gulley & James Mulholland, If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person

John Shelby Spong, Why Christianity Must Change or Die

John Shelby Spong, A New Christianity for a New World

Joan O’Grady, Early Christian Heresies

Allison C. FitzSimmons, The Cruelty of Heresy

Matthew Fox, Wrestling with the Prophets

William Barclay, The Apostles’ Creed for Every Man


Apologetics – bolded REQUIRED

Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality

Matthew Fox, Original Blessing

Matthew Fox & Rupert Sheldrake, Natural Grace

Matthew Fox, Confessions: The Making of a Post-Denominational Priest

Karen Jo Torjesen, When Women Were Priests

Dorthee Soelle, On Earth as in Heaven: A Liberation Spirituality of Sharing

Barbara Brown Taylor, Gospel Medicine

J.K. Kadowaki S.J., Zen and the Bible: A Priest’s Experience

Donald Miller, Zen and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters


Sacramental Theology and liturgy – bOLDed rEQUIRED

RCC Disert Missal... click here.

F. E. Warren, The Liturgy and Ritual of the Celtic Church

James F. White, Introduction to Christian Worship

Pat Robson, A Celtic Liturgy, 2008

Dom Gregory Dix, Shape of the Liturgy

Daniel P. Guernsey, Adoration: Eucharistic Texts and Prayers Throughout Church History

William John Fitzgerald, A Contemporary Celtic Prayer Book

Northumbrian Community, Celtic Daily Prayer

David Adam, Rhythms of Life

Brendan O’Malley, A Celtic Eucharist

H. Norris, Church Vestments

Harvey Cox, The Feast of Fools: A Theological Essay on Festivity and Fantasy

Alexander Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica


History bolded + 1 REQUIRED

+Taoiseach Thomas Faulkenbury, Editor, Out of the Mist: Celtic Christianity, Vol.1 

+Taoiseach Thomas Faulkenbury, Editor, Highland Cathedral: Celtic Christianity, Vol. 2

Hans Kung, Christianity: Essence, History, and Future

Matthew Spinka, Christian Thought From Erasmus to Berdyaev

J. B. Lightfoot, The Apostolic Fathers

Alice K. Turner, The History of Hell


Pastoral Theology – BOLDED REQUIRED

Robert N. Gray, Managing the Church

Kenneth C. Haugk, Christian Caregiving a Way of Life

D. Dockery, Christian Leadership Essentials, available 4/1/2011

J. Adams, Competent to Counsel, 2010

D. Robbins, Youth Ministry Nuts & Bolts, revised & updated 2010

R. Janney, Who Goes There?, 2009

M. Galli, Beyond Smells & Bells, 2008

M. Wilson, Volunteer Job Descriptions & Action Plans, 2004

J. Knapp, The Graying of the Flock

John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Lucy Bregman, Beyond Silence & Denial

Rodney Smith, Lessons from the Dying

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, On Death and Dying

Harold Ivan Smith, When Your People Are Grieving

William A. Klebsch & Charles R. Jackle, Pastoral Care in Historical Perspective

G. Jung, Psychology and Religion

Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages



William H. Willimon, A Guide to Preaching and Leading Worship

William Evans, How To Prepare Sermons

Jeffrey Bullock, Preaching in a Postmodern World: Gadamer',Philosophical Hermeneutics as Homiletical Conversation

Dave Redick, What is Good Preaching?