This module is part of the Distance Learning Website of the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland (CIBI)


The module contains five units, which focus on the following topics:  

  1. Geographical, historical and cultural background of Raphael Kalinowski’s early years.

  2. Raphael Kalinowski’s involvement in a military uprising and his spiritual conversion.

  3. Raphael Kalinowski’s understanding of the discipleship of Christ and spiritual growth in his Siberian exile.

  4. Raphael Kalinowski’s life in the Carmelite Order.

  5. Raphael Kalinowski’s spiritual legacy.

Recommended Reading 

Perhaps the best book on this subject, I would recommend:

PRASKIEWICZ, Szczepan, OCD, Saint Raphael Kalinowski: An Introduction to His Lifeand Spirituality, trans. Th. Coonan, M. Griffin, L. Sullivan. Washington, D.C.: ICS Publications, 1998.

You may also find the following helpful:

DAVIES Norman, Europe: A History. London: Pimlico, 1997, pp. 659-664. 

DAVIES Norman, Heart of Europe: A Short History of Poland. Oxford: Oxford University Press,1987, pp. 348-353. 

GIL, Czeslaw, OCD, Father Raphael Kalinowski. Kraków: Wydawnictwo Karmelitów Bosych, 1979. 

MATTHEW, Monk, Saint of the Salt Mines. Suffolk, Carmelite Book Service, 1986.

WACH Albert, STANKIEWICZ Marian, Letter of the Provincials of the Polish Provinces of the Teresian Carmel on the occasion of the Centenary of the Death of Saint RaphaelKalinowski (1907-2007), available at:

WANDYCZ Piotr, The Lands of Partitioned Poland, 1795-1918. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1975. 

Course Tutor: Robert Opala OCD


The course is divided into 5 units of input and, at the end, you may complete a Questionnaire, write a Learning Journal, or write an Essay.

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 course is available in the calendar in the Student Section.



Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Unit 5


Learning Journal

Essay titles


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