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


This online module has been designed to introduce students to Carmelite reform and renewal in the Sixteenth century and its meaning for us today. It covers such topics as:

  • St Teresa of Ávila and the Discalced Reform.

  • The Reform of Touraine.

  • The Significance of Sixteenth Century Reforms for Today.

Select Bibliography: you might wish to read one or two from this list. 

The easiest books to access are probably:  

Williams, Rowan.  Teresa of Avila.  London and New York: Continuum, 2000. 

Ahlgren, Gillian.  Entering Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle. New York and Mahwah: Paulist, 2005.

You might like to dip into St Teresa’s letters, which give an insight into her mind  and also into the realities of her daily life:  

Kavanaugh, OCD, Kieran, (trans).  The Collected Letters of St. Teresa of Avila. Volumea I and II.  Washington, DC: Institute of Carmelite Studies, 2001. (A modern translation.) 

Peers, E. Alison.  The Letters of St Teresa of Jesus (Two Volumes).  London: Burns Oates and Washbourne, 1951 (An older translation.) 

and into Teresa’s writings: 

Kavanaugh, OCD, Kieran and Rodriguez, OCD, Otilio (trans). The Collected Works of St Teresa of Avila (three volumes).  Washington, DC: Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1976. 

Other works: 

Bilinkoff, Jodi.  The Avila of St Teresa: Religious Reform in a Sixteenth-Century City.  Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1989. 

Howells, Edward.  John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila: Mystical Knowing and Selfhood.  New York: Crossroad, 2002 

Smet, Joachim.  The Carmelites: A History of the Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  Volumes 1, 11, 111,  Revised Edition.  Darien, Carmelite Spiritual Centre, 1988. 

Sullivan, OCD, John.  Carmelite Studies 3: Centenary of St Teresa.  Washington, DC: Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1984. 

Module Tutor: Greg Burke OCD


This module is divided into 8 units, with 4 questionnaires, spread over the period of the module, and a concluding assessment at the end.

Once posted online, 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.                                                                                                                                                                         


Units 1 & 2

Units 3 & 4

Questionnaire 1

Units 5 & 6

Units 7 & 8

Questionnaire 2

Units 9 & 10

Units 11 & 12

Questionnaire 3

Units 13 & 14

Units 15 & 16

Questionnaire 4

Concluding Assessment

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, 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 concluding assessment questions posted online and the answer must be submitted by email on or before the date indicated to the administrator:

[email protected]



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