Ciszek Collection

photo of Walter Ciszek, S.J.
Walter Ciszek, S.J.

The Walter Ciszek, S.J., Catholic Spirituality Collection is a wide-ranging collection of books and videos that includes Catholic devotional literature, mediations, prayer books, catechisms, lives of the saints, apologetics, conversion stories, and works on vocation.

The collection was received as a gift from the Marquette University Student Council of the Knights of Columbus and is funded in part by a generous donation by the William R. Burleigh (Journalism '57) family of Union, Kentucky. It is named for Father Walter Ciszek, S.J. (1904-1984), a Jesuit priest who endured twenty-four years of imprisonment and exile in the former Soviet Union. Father Ciszek's books, With God in Russia (1964) and He Leadeth Me (1973), exemplify a serious and practical spirituality. "I was put to work doing outdoor construction in the extreme arctic cold," he wrote, "but I trusted in God, never felt abandoned or without hope and survived." In 1963 he was repatriated to the United States and died in 1984.

The collection is housed on the second floor of Raynor Library. All materials are available for three-week, non-renewable loan. The "New Titles" feature of MARQCAT may be used to review a full list of items in the collection; the list is updated monthly.

The Marquette student Knights Council (#6883) has created a standing committee to select and fund the purchase of library materials on a continuing basis. Questions about the collection or suggestions for additions to the collection may be directed to the following:

Patrick Doyle
Library liaison, Marquette University
Student Council of the Knights of Columbus

Scott Mandernack
Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and Collections
Marquette University Libraries

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  • Book jacket image for: --And you are Christ's : the charism of virginity and the celibate life
  • Book jacket image for: The art of being a good friend
  • Book jacket image for: Any friend of God's is a friend of mine
  • Book jacket image for: He and I
  • Book jacket image for: Adventures in orthodoxy
  • Book jacket image for: Handing on the faith in an age of disbelief
  • Book jacket image for: The action of the Holy Spirit
  • Book jacket image for: 111 questions on Islam
  • Book jacket image for: The 12 steps to holiness and salvation
  • Book jacket image for: Blood of the martyrs, seed of the church
  • Book jacket image for: I will never forget you : the rescue movement in the life of Joan Andrews