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


This module is intended to introduce you to the life and spirituality of this young, modern Carmelite who died aged 26 in 1906. You will be encouraged throughout the module to read Elizabeth for yourself, to get to know her through her letters and other writings. The module is accompanied, therefore by one book which you will need throughout your time of study:-

Marian T. Murphy OCD (ed.), Always Believe in Love: Selected Spiritual Writings. Elizabeth of the Trinity. New York: New City Press, 2009.

If you wish to undertake some extra reading I would recommend

Conrad de Meester OCD, Your Presence is my Joy: Life and Message of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, Darlington: Carmel, n.d. (available by post from the Carmel, Nunnery Lane, Darlington, DL3 9PN.)

Marian T. Murphy OCD, Elizabeth of the Trinity, Her Life and Spirituality: The Vast Triangled Heart. Gracewing, Leominster, 2011.

Most of the material for this module is gathered from the following collection of essays:-

Jean Clapier, OCD (ed), Elisabeth de la Trinité, l’aventure mystique, Éditions du Carmel, Toulouse, 2006.

In the module you will look at the following areas:-

  • Elizabeth’s life as a young laywoman and Carmelite nun

  • Her reading of Scripture

  • Carmelite vocation in Elizabeth’s thought and experience

  • Influences on her spirituality

  • The Trinity in Elizabeth’s thought and experience

  • Conformity to a crucified Christ in Elizabeth’s thought and experience

  • Baptism, Eucharist and priesthood in Elizabeth’s thought and experience

  • Mary in Elizabeth’s thought and experience

  • Prayer & silence in Elizabeth

  • Elizabeth as a guide for lay people


Module Tutor: Sr Marian T. Murphy OCD


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.


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 final examination questions posted and the answer must be submitted by email on or before the date indicated to the administrator:

[email protected]



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.

© Marian Murphy OCD and Cibi