AIM Book and Magazine Service

AIM USA sends quality books on spirituality, human development, monasticism and monastic history to approximately 140 mission monasteries each year. Most of the books are donated; some are purchased. Several Latin American communities or federations have printing presses. When possible, we purchase from them books in the native languages and support the work of these communities.

Many of the mission monasteries have no access to books except through AIM USA. There are no public libraries and if there were a source from which to buy books the monasteries would not have the funds to do so.

Subscriptions to Benedictine spirituality and theology magazines are also provided to mission monasteries.


"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, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print." Barbara W. Tuchman


The ongoing increase in US postage rates has caused us to reduce the frequency of our mailings of books. With the support of our major book donors we are continuing this book service but have decided to limit our books to those in the areas of monastic spirituality, basic scripture commentaries, Popes and the Vatican, large books with photos of the Holy Land or any spiritual themes (excellent for those not fluent in English). General spirituality, formal theology, interfaith books, and dictionaries are still valuable and welcome but may have to be sent sparingly.

The precious box of books arrived safely and we are overjoyed to have them. They are the ones we were longing for. The Spirit inspired you to help us evangelize with books by sending us the Word of God — which we will eat, chew, digest and then share with others.

Sister Rose, OCSO
Masaka, Uganda

I am so, so grateful for your generous gift—a boxful of Merton books. This is such a treasure—being able to share this love for monastic life and all peace and justice issues. Please thank all the people who helped get this gift together.

Sr. Monica, OCSO
Monasterio Trapense
Esmeraldas, Ecuador

We are most grateful for the box of books that came in April. They help us a lot, especially in formation but also in ongoing formation and in giving good spiritual reading to our visitors. Recently a Benedictine priest visited us and was impressed by our little library, which he did not expect in our rural area. Only with your support is this possible.

Sr. Edith Reischert, OSB
St. Benedict's Convent
Mpumalanga, South Africa

With grateful heart I acknowledge the receipt of a package of books and some sacramentals. Our library is really very scanty with books. Please have us always in your mind whenever there are chances to send us more.

Fr. Raphael U. Ndubueze, OCSO
Our Lady of the Angels
Onitsha-Anambra State, Nigeria

Today we have just received the beautiful books which we urgently need for the Bible lessons, lessons in Benedictine spirituality and Church History classes of the student-catechists in formation here.

Indeed, books are very expensive and we cannot afford to buy these kinds of books. We could use a Lectionary and Sacramentary. We have daily Holy Mass in our chapel.

Sr. Mary Augustine Cuenco, OSB
St. Benedict's Priory
Fatima, Vigan City, Philippines