This course is part of the Distance Learning Website of the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland (CIBI)
This online module has been designed to introduce you to the life and spirituality of St. Edith Stein, a modern saint, convert from Judaism, German philosopher, cloistered Carmelite, and martyr in the death camps of Auschwitz concentration camp. Her life story covers such topics as:
- Her early years and academic search
- Her renunciation of belief and conversion to Catholicism
- Nazi persecution and entrance into the Carmel of Cologne
- Her intellectual and spiritual legacy
- Her martyrdom and canonization
The following books provide some helpful background material. At least one of them should be read in conjunction with completing this module.
Life in a Jewish Family, trans. Josephine Koeppel, O.C.D., ed. Dr. L. Gelber and Romaeus Leuven, O.C.D., ICS Publications, Washington, DC, 1986.
Self-Portrait in Letters, trans. Josephine Koeppel, O.C.D., ed. Dr. L. Gelber and Romaeus Leuven, O.C.D., ICS Publications, Washington, DC, 1993.
Essays on Woman, trans. Freda Mary Oben, Ph.D., ed. Dr. L. Gelber and Romaeus Leuven, O.C.D., ICS Publications, Second Edition, 1996.
The Science of the Cross, trans. Josephine Koeppel, O.C.D., ed. Dr. L. Gelber and Romaeus Leuven, O.C.D., ICS Publications, Washington, DC, 2002.
Edith Stein: Her Life in Photos and Documents, by Sister Maria Amata Neyer, O.C.D., trans. Waltraut Stein, Ph.D., ICS Publications, Washington, DC, 1999.
Edith Stein: The Life of a Philosopher and Carmelite, Teresia Renata Posselt, O.C.D., ed. Susanne Batzdorff, Josephine Koeppel, and John Sullivan, ICS Publications, Washington, DC, 2005.
Meet Edith Stein, by Cynthia Cavnar, Servant Publications, Ann Arbor, MI, 2002.
Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth, Elizabeth A. Mitchell, Ph.D., with the collaboration of Sr. Prudence Allen, RSM, Ph.D. and Terrence C. Wright, Ph.D., ENDOW Publications, Denver, 2008.
There are a number of websites on which you can find information about Saint Edith Stein, OCD:
Module Tutor: Elizabeth A. Mitchell PhD
The course is divided into 8 units, with 4 questionnaires, spread over the period of the module, and a final examination at the end.
Once posted, each unit will be available until the end of the module. The dates on which each of the units, and the other material for this module is available in the calendar in the Student Section.
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| ||Units 7 & 8|| |
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| ||Units 9 & 10|| |
| ||Units 11 & 12|| |
| ||Questionnaire 3|| |
| ||Units 13 & 14|| |
| ||Units 15 & 16|| |
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Please click HERE to access the STUDENT SECTION for module start and end dates
From the date corresponding to the relevant Monday (see main web page of www.cibi.ie), you can click on the relevant unit to access it.
Once you have successfully accessed and studied the material in each pair of units, please click on the relevant questionnaire to access it when it is launched. Read the questions and send your answers by email to the course administrator: [email protected]
One question must be chosen from the three final examination questions posted and the answer must be submitted by email on or before the date indicated to the administrator:
The author of the course holds the copyright to this material (text, graphic and other); distribution to family or friends, or publication (including on internet) of any part of the material is not permitted without the author’s explicit written permission.
Elizabeth Mitchell and Cibi