Basics for Lay Dominicans:

Holy Bible

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Liturgy of the Hours

Dominicana: A Guidebook for Inquirers, Second Ed. by Robert Curtis, O.P.

Saint Dominic by Sister Mary Jean Dorcy (Tan Books)

St. Dominic’s Family by Sister Mary Jean Dorcy

Dominican Saints by Dominican Novices (Tan Books)

My Way of Life pocket edition, by Walter Farrell, OP, STM & Martine J. Healy, STM


Reference (leading to prayer):

Papal Encyclicals

Vatican II Documents

A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II by Edward P. Hannenberg

Christi Fideles Laici by John Paul II

Summa Theologica by Saint Thomas Aquinas

The Fathers Know Best by Jimmy Akin

St. Dominic’s Nine Ways of Prayer


“Beloved Books”:

The Spirit of Saint Dominic by Father Giardini (recommended by Fr. David Hasser, retreat master, Feb. 2014)

Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena

Dominican Penitent Women by Maiju Lehmijoki- Gardner

Praying with the Dominicans by John Vidmar, OP

He Dwells in Your Soul by Fr. Bede Jarrett, OP

The Three Ages of the Interior Life by Fr. Reginald-Garrigou Lagrange, OP

Catholics in the Public Square by Most Rev. Thomas Olmstead

To Know Christ Jesus by Frank Sheed

Envoy for Christ by Patrick Madrid

Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus by Sherry A. Weddell

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis

Taming of the Restless Heart by Fr. Gerald Vann, OP

Total Consecration by Saint Louis DeMontfort

True Devotion to Mary by Saint Louis DeMontfort

33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration by Father Michael Gaitley

Divine Intimacy by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, OCD

The Fulfillment of All Desire by Dr. Ralph Martin

Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis de Sales

Interior Castle by Saint Teresa of Avila

Ascent of Mount Carmel by Saint John of the Cross

The Virtue Driven Life by Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR

Sisters in Crisis: Revisited by by Ann Carey

From Atheism to Catholicism by Kevin Vost

Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Dr. Ludwig Ott (TAN Books)

Further Reading:

St. Dominic: The Grace Of The Word by Guy Bedouelle, O.P.

Unlocking Divine Action: Contemporary Science And Thomas Aquinas  By Michael J. Dodds, O.P.

The Unchanging God Of Love: Thomas Aquinas And Contemporary Theology by M. J. Dodds, O.P.

A Model For The Christian Life Hilary Of Poitiers’ Commentary On The Psalms by Paul C. Burns

The Fathers Of The Church St. Hilary Of Poitiers, by D.H. Williams

The Church’s Bible: Commentary On Matthew, by D.H. Williams

Biomedicine & Beatitude An Introduction To Catholic Bioethics, by Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austiaco, O.P.

The Logic Of Desire  Aquinas On Emotion, by Nicholas E. Lombardo, O.P.

The Sources Of Christian Ethics  by Servais Pinckaers, O.P.

Eschatology Death & Eternal Life, Second Edition, by Joseph Ratzinger

Saint Joseph Guide to Lectio Divina by Karl A. Schultz.

The Aquinas Catechism by St. Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages (available for free at by signing up for email updates)

Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly

St. Joseph Guide to Lectio Divina by Karl A. Schultz

The Revelations of St. Gertrude compiled by the Religious of her Monastery.


St. Thomas Aquinas, Vol. 1 The Person & His Work, Revised Edition, by Jean-Pierre Torrell, O.P.
Institute of Catholic Culture (on internet) click on “enter learning center
(These are various audio presentations on the Catholic faith.
Executive Director: Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo, McLean, VA.)

Any of Father Mitch Pacwa’s books such as
How to Listen When God Is Speaking: A Guide for Modern-Day Catholics

Dogmas of the Catholic Church