Of Bells and Cells

Nuns, sisters, monks, friars . . . who are they? How do they live? Why have they followed that way of life? Of Bells and Cells explains to the young reader what religious life is all about. Beautifully illustrated (42 pages), a book for all the family to treasure.

book cover_uk.indd“In a world that is changing at an ever more dizzying pace, there remain, thanks be to God, certain points of reference that, like radiant stars, allow us to find our bearings. With her beautifully illustrated and remarkably well-written book, Of Bells and Cells, the author has opened up for younger souls the world of religious life, which, despite the challenges of our day, continues to be such a beacon for the Church and for the world.”
The Right Reverend Dom Philip Anderson, O.S.B.
Abbot of Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey

“This is a charming book, beautifully illustrated, a real pleasure to read and handle. It will not only answer children’s questions, “What is a monk?” “What do nuns do all day?”,  but will open up a rich treasury of good material about the life of faith and the joy to be found in serving God and neighbour. And it gives a grand vision of history, as we read about St Benedict in the 5th century, St Francis in the 12th, Mother Teresa in the 20th — and more. A book for every Catholic home and school — for enjoyment, for inspiration, and for education.”
Joanna Bogle, author and journalist, hostess of Feasts and Seasons on EWTN

“This is a beautiful book in several ways: the illustrations, done in splendid color, are beautiful–almost more than one could hope for; the layout is extraordinarily well done—both young people and adults will be greatly attracted by it; and the text is gloriously informative—accurate, thorough, and readable. The whole thing draws an attentive reader into the true ethos of the religious life. I recommend it highly to every readership—the individual, families, parishes, and dioceses.”
Thomas Howard, Professor of English Emeritus of St. John’s Seminary (Boston), author and critic

Book review by Prof. Peter Kwasniewski in the New Liturgical Movement blog, June 29, 2015.

Book review in the March/April 2015 issue of Religious Life, a magazine of the Institute on Religious Life (USA).

Book review by Prof. Mitchell Kalpakgian published in the May 29, 2014 issue of The Wanderer U.S. national Catholic weekly newspaper.


Into this book went much prayer and labor, beyond what can meet the eye. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank all our dear religious friends who prayed for its progress and completion,
and who also read, suggested, corrected and encouraged us along the way.
May it bear much fruit for the glory of God and the good of souls.