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Book and Subscription Service (Cultural Services Program)

Donating books to AIM USA

AIM USA sends quality books to developing monasteries: books on spirituality, monasticism, the Rule of Benedict and commentaries, prayer, liturgy, sacraments, biblical studies, theology, the saints, social justice, spiritual classics, Cistercian studies, and spiritual direction are of value to communities who have no access to books except through AIM USA. They do not have access to public libraries or a source from which to buy books or funds to purchase them.

  • Children’s books are needed for communities who have ministries in Kindergartens and elementary schools and for community members who have beginning skills in reading/understanding English.
  • Seminaries and formation programs can use scholarly books written in intermediate or advanced English. Religious books in Spanish, French, and Portuguese are also accepted by AIM USA.
  • AIM USA also provides developing monasteries with subscriptions to biblical, liturgical, and Benedictine periodicals.
  • Increasing U.S. postage rates affects the mailing of books. We rely heavily on donations to support this valuable service. Click button below and enter amount you want to donate for postage.

Please send books to:
Alliance for International Monasticism
345 East 9th Street, 
Erie, PA 16503-1107

It is helpful is you call or email and alert us to watch for your package.
(814) 453-4724

Mission monastics in Africa, Asia, and Latin America need:

• Commentaries on the Rule of St. Benedict
• Scripture Commentaries 
• General spirituality and theology books with a copyright date of 1990 or later are preferable.

• Any Catholic Spanish, French, or Portuguese language spirituality or theology book with a copyright date of 1990 or later.

Examples of book titles, authors and topics of special interest:
— A —
The New Testament in Living Pictures
Atlas of the Bible by Readers’ Digest
Atlas: The Golden Bible Atlas

— B —
Benedict of Nursia, Saint
Benedictine Monasticism
Benedictine Holy Rule and Commentaries
Bernard of Clairvaux, Saint (by or about him)
Bible Atlas, esp. with photographs of the Holy Land
Bible Today magazine
Bockman, Aquinata, OSB (not histories of monasteries)

— C —
Casadaligo, Bishop Pedro (from Brazil)
Casey, Michael, OCSO
Cassian, John (by or about him)
Chittister, Joan, OSB
Cistercian Monks (by or about them) 

— D —
Desert Mothers & Fathers
DeVogue, Adalbert, OSB
Diekmann, Godfrey, OSB
Dialogues of Gregory the Great
Dumm, Demetrius, OSB

— E —
Everyday Life in Bible Times by National Geographic Society

— F —
Funk, Margaret Mary ,OSB

— G —
Gregory the Great
Griffith, Bede, OSB (by or about him)
Gruen, Anselm, OSB

— H —
Hildegard of Bingden, OSB (by or about her)
Hume, Basil, OSB

— J —
Jesus and His Times by Readers’ Digest Association
Julian of Norwich (by or about her)

— K —
Kardong, Terrence, OSB
Keating, Thomas, OCSO
Kelty, Matthew, OCSO

— L —
Lawrence, Brother, OSB 
   Practice of the Presence of God
Lectio Divina (books about)

— M —
Marmion, Dom Columba, OSB (by or about him)
Merton, Thomas, OCSO (by or about him)

— N —
Nowell, Irene, OSB

— P —
Parry, David, OSB
Popes (Biographies and Pictorials, Writings)

— R —
Rule of St. Benedict: Commentaries on the Holy Rule

— S —
Sacra Pagina
Steindl-Rast, David, OSB
Stewart, Columba, OSB
Stuhlmueller, Carroll, CP 
   Esp. commentaries on the Liturgical Year or on Scripture
   New Paths Through the Old Testament

— T —
Teilhard de Chardin
Trappist Monks and Trappistines (by or about them)

— W —
Weavings Journals

"Books are
the carriers
of civilization.

Without books,
history is silent,
literature dumb,
science crippled,
thought and speculation
at a standstill.

They are engines of change,
windows on the world
(as a poet said),
lighthouses erected
in the sea of time.

They are companions,
bankers of
the treasures of the mind.

Books are
humanity in print."

—Barbara W. Tuchman 

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