A good theological library is a wonderful tool.

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. Amy, MEV says:


  2. Charivari Rob says:

    Wow! The Sabine buildings don’t look that large in your exterior photos. You never told us you had a tarsus!

  3. LCB says:

    If you’re in a library today for research, I can presume we can expect a massive increase in blogging? :-D

    I know when I’m in a library trying to research, my blog reading goes through-the-roof.

  4. Fr. Charles says:

    Is that the Corpus Christianorum in the middle photo? Mmmm…

  5. Philothea says:

    Our parish priest is from Nigeria, and he has told me that there is a huge need in the seminary there for books on
    theology, and also for the Catechism of the Catholic Church. He says it is more cost effective to buy books in the US and ship them to Nigeria than to buy them there. It brought me to a greater appreciation of how easy it is to come by good books here in the US.

  6. MB says:

    Ohhhhh, Charivari Rob, that isn’t at the Sabine Farm. Those are pictures of the renowned Ireland Library…a place I miss greatly. LOADS of riches there. It was in those stacks I fell in love with Gueranger’s “Liturgical Year,” and spent study breaks with the Oxford English Dictionary ({slightly} abridged version)

    Thanks for the pics, Fr. Z (ya lucky duck!)

  7. Thomas says:

    Father, visiting the I.L. is always a great experience. The study carrels are adquate. I have always been impressed by the library’s collection there. The Acta of Vatican II have come in very handy. It truly is one of the best (if not the best) theological libraries in the Midwest.

    Fr. Charles: yes, that’s the CC–also very handy.

  8. Kimberly says:

    “A good theological library”
    That’s an enigma around here.

  9. Father Z, your carrel is just one or two away from the one I used for a couple years!

  10. sergio says:

    I have a personal library at home,but nothing compare to this.

  11. Fr. Charles says:

    I knew it! I feel so cool now. Two years out of school and I haven’t lost it. Thanks, Thomas!

  12. Fr. Anthony says:

    An old French parish priest (Fr. Jacques Pecha 1920-2002, Curé of Bouloire) once told me that a good country priest has three things – a good library, a good wine-cellar and a good prie-dieu – and that you can take these things in whatever order you like.

    Fr. Anthony

  13. Maureen says:

    You meant “TARDIS”; but “tarsus” works quite as well, by Paul!

  14. A Random Friar says:

    Fr. Anthony: most Dominicans would agree with Fr. Pecha, save for we probably WOULD put it in just that order.

  15. Precentrix says:

    Two Dominican friars, a novice and an old-timer, are out begging for food. As they walk along, they meet the local miser. The older friar calls out a greeting. “God be with you, kind sir! In the name of our Master and yours, will you give us a coin or two that we may buy food for our convent?”
    “Hmph!” the miser answers. “And supposing I don’t?”
    “Then we shall all grow another day thinner,” replies the elder friar with a gentle smile.
    “Look, if I did give you money,” the miser says with a shudder, “how do I know you won’t just spend it on more of your fancy books?”
    At this, the novice pipes in, “Oh, we’ve got book money!”


  16. Charivari Rob says:

    Maureen – “You meant “TARDIS”; but “tarsus” works quite as well, by Paul!”

    Yes, TARDIS. I don’t know quite how I came up with ‘tarsus’. I guess my anti-spam should have been ‘google, then post’.

    If I had searched to verify the term, I might have found this:

  17. Sarah says:

    Ha ha! I know that library well! I miss studying there!

  18. Ohio Annie says:

    What and where is this library?

  19. MB says:

    Ohio Annie — it’s a well-developed theological library on the campus of ht eUniversity of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Well…on the campus of the Saint Paul Seminary, I guess I should say. Here — try this: .

  20. Ohio Annie says:

    Oh, thank you very much. I was going to lie awake nights wondering! 8-)

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