Monks' Writings

Reading (lectio) is an important part of monastic spirituality. By God's grace, some monks are able to share their fruits of their reading and study by writing. Monks of Newark Abbey have written a number of published works, whether they be popular spirituality books, academic journal articles, or reflective blog posts. See the listings below for a sample of the writings of Newark Abbey monks:


Curley, Augustine. Augustine's Critique of Skepticism: A Study of Contra Academicos. New York: Peter Lang, 1996.

———. New Jersey Catholicism: An Annotated Bibliography. South Orange, NJ: New Jersey Catholic Historical Records Commission, 1999. (Published with a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission.)

Holtz, Albert. A Saint on Every Corner: Glimpses of Holiness Beyond the Monastery. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 1998.

———. Downtown Monks: A Benedictine Journey in the City. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2012.

———. Faces of Easter: Meeting the Paschal Mystery in the People Around Us. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019.

———. From Holidays to Holy Days: A Benedictine Walk through Advent. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2008.

———. Street Wisdom: Connecting with God in Everyday Life. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2003.

———. Pilgrim Road: A Benedictine Journey Through Lent. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2006.

———. Walking in Valleys of Darkness: A Benedictine Journey Through Troubled Times. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2011.


Curley, Augustine. “Nativists in Newark: Radical Protestant Reaction to the Appointment of a Catholic Bishop,” New Jersey History 127, no. 1 (2012).

———. “The 1854 Attack on Saint Mary’s Church, Newark: A Typical Know­-Nothing Incident,” American Benedictine Review 64, no. 1, (December 2010): 387­-406.

———. "The Community and the community: The Newark Benedictines and the Changing Relationship to African Americans." U.S. Catholic Historian 35, no. 4 (Fall 2017): 133-161.

———. “The Irish in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark,” in Marta Deyrup and Maura Grace Harrington, eds., The Irish American Experience in New Jersey and Metropolitan New York: Cultural Identity, Hybridity, and Commemoration. New York: Lexington Books, 2013.


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