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 the life and spirituality of the 20th century Dutch Carmelite martyr, Blessed Titus Brandsma. It covers such topics as:

  • his life and times

  • his writings on Carmelite spirituality

  • his opposition to the Nazi regime in Holland

  • his martyrdom and beatification
  • his Christo-centric, priestly spirituality.

Suggested Bibliography:

The following books provide some helpful background material. At least one of them should be read in conjunction with completing this module. They are available from the Carmelite Book Service, Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford OX1 5HB, UK, see

Constant Dölle. Encountering God in the Abyss: Titus Brandsma’s Spiritual Journey. The Fiery Arrow Collection 5, translated by John Vriend. Leuven – Paris – Dudley, MA: Peeters, 2002.

Glueckert, Leopold G., OCarm. Titus Brandsma: Friar Against Fascism. Darien, Illinois, Carmelite Press, 1985.

Essays on Titus Brandsma: Carmelite, Educator, Journalist, Martyr, edited by Redemptus Maria Valabek OCarm. Rome: Carmel in the World Paperbacks, 1985.

Valabek, Redemptus Maria, OCarm. The Beatification of Father Titus Brandsma, Carmelite (1881-1942), Martyr in Dachau. Rome: Institutum Carmelitanum, 1986.

Vanden Heuvel, Anthony. Titus Brandsma. A Modern Martyr for the Truth. Welland, Ontario. The Friends of Titus Brandsma, 1999.


Module Tutor: Patrick Mullins OCarm


This module is divided into 16 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

Examination Questions

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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