Links of Interest and Resources


St. Mary’s Hermitage on Academia. A submission forum for academic papers on Carthusian research (but not exclusively Carthusian).

St. Mary’s Hermitage Digital Library on Archive.  The internet archive allows us to share publications in pdf format free of charge.


Kurisumala Ashram (Cistercian Trappist Monastery of Our Lady of Kurisumala India). Established on November 3, 1957, by Zecharias Mar Athanasios, bishop of Tiruvalla, in Kerala, as an autonomous monastery of eparchial rank of the Syro-Malankara Church, Kurisumala Ashram grew as a community of spiritual seekers. Our quest is pursued in prayer and work. Yet it is meant to lead the seeker to a higher consciousness, the realisation of our communion with our Lord, as He exhorted His disciples, “Abide in Me as I abide in you”, communion with the creation, as attested in the Psalms, and communion with each other, as in the early experience of the Church.

Carmelite Monastery of the Sacred Heart. Traditional Carmelite Observance.  St. Mary’s Hermitage have had close links with the sisters for many years now.  They have an online Gift Shop selling rosaries, scapulars, religious prints and other religious items of interest.

Santa Cruz Hermitage (in Spanish). We built this house of God, consecrated on August 6, 2013, in a solemn Dedication by the Church, presided over by Bishop Eduardo Porfirio Patiño Leal, Bishop of Córdoba.

Notes from Stillsong Hermitage – Sr. Laurel O’Neal Er. Dio.(Diocese of Oakland: Lafayette, CA, United States).  Sr. Laurel is a perpetually professed diocesan hermit and systematic theologian. Formerly a Franciscan, who moved towards Benedictinism and desert spirituality eventually finding a home in Camaldolese Benedictinism (Sr. Laurel is affiliated as an Oblate with Transfiguration Monastery in Windsor, NY).  Stillsong Hermitage is a Catholic (Canon 603 or Diocesan) Hermitage in the Camaldolese Benedictine tradition.

St Cuthbert’s House – Hermitage of the Diocese of Nottingham. Sr. Rachel Er. Dio., is a Diocesan hermit. She lives “in solitude and silence” in a small Lincolnshire village and has taken vows to live as a hermit for the rest of her life.


The Carthusian Order For nine centuries, contemplative Catholic monks, sons and daughters of St. Bruno, have been striving to be faithful to the call he received from God. We hope that you will find a presentation of this life apart interesting.  If you are short of time and unfamiliar with Carthusians this option : Carthusian nuns & monks, who we are ?, will provide some answers to your questions. For more details, the three options which follow give more information concerning the monks, the nuns and the Order.

St. Hugh’s Charterhouse – Parkminster UK.  The community is composed of cloister monks who live a greater solitude and Brothers (converse and donates) who have the same contemplative ideal, while assuming the material tasks of the House. All share in the same liturgical prayer and the solitude of the monastery.

Cartusia Lover is an amazing multi-lingual website about everything Carthusian. Their objective is: « To spread the passion for the Carthusian Order » it is a dynamic appendix, and as such a container of writings, documents, texts, prayers and curiosities, linked to the Carthusian universe already widely described.  The visitor will also be able to interact directly with me with the space reserved for comments.  This website is run by Roberto Sabatinelli

Analecta Cartusiana A website that was run by Br. Aelred O.Cart – (Al Secolo James (Lester) Hogg  (1931- † 2018).  A good friend of St. Mary’s Hermitage Library having donated numerous books, he directed the collection of Analecta Cartusiana and was director of in English Literature at Salzburg University until his retirement in 1996. This website is a definite  must for researchers in Carthusiana.

Brunonis – Prayer Community who’s function it is to pray especially and expressly for the Carthusian Order.


Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.  Founded by Pope Sixtus V on 27 May 1586 with the title Sacred Congregation for Consultations about Regulars, and confirmed by the Constitution Immensa (22 January 1588), the Congregation was joined in 1601 to the Congregation for Consultations about Bishops and Other Prelates. St. Pius X, by the Constitution Sapienti Consilio (29 June 1908) separated the two institutions again and, placing the Bishops under the Consistorial Congregation, made the Congregation for Religious autonomous.

Saint Josephs Apprentice. If God came down and told us what our mission in life was to be, we would do it, and find great happiness in doing it.  Although it was not a bolt of lightning but rather a very subtle nudge after acquiring a lifetime of experience that would lead to the ability to design and build these altars.  This I believe is my mission in life: «To build Altars for our Lord so that his priests may use them for their mission in life.»

Wooden sculptures – Saints, nativity, holy family, musicians….


San Bruno Certosino
Handcrafted wooden sculpture of Saint Bruno the Carthusian by Jerzy Chodorowski.

Kapela Meet Jerzy Chodorowski’ from Krakow Poland. Jerzy is a Polish sculptor who had been active in Krakow since 1975. His style is very much influenced by the work of Southern polish sculptors, especially from the Podhale region. He mostly sculpts religious figures. His work is in private collections all over the world.

Handcrafted wooden sculpture of Saint Bruno the Carthusian

For some time now after the destructive fire st St. Mary’s Hermitage we have been seeking to replace our statue of Saint Bruno. Most craftsmen charge exorbitant fees for the craft and rightly so, but in our austere life we have sought an affordable replacement. Jerzy fulfilled our request and in a matter of days sent us our statue. We were extremely please to have St. Bruno with us again, and we felt that his skill should be better known, we therefore recommend him to you.

Jerzy carves in linden wood (Tilia genus) using special chisels and knives, then painted with colour acrylic and coated with hot wax at the end of the process. Linden trees produce soft and easily worked timber, which has very little grain and density. Often used by Germanic tribes for constructing shields. linden is a classic wood for sculpture from the Middle Ages onwards and is the material for the elaborate altarpieces. Linden has a fine, light grain and being comparatively light in weight, it has been used for centuries for this purpose; despite the availability of modern alternatives, it remains one of the main materials used as of 2015.

Jerzy is a very talented craftsman who’s online shop on Etsy contains an entire choir of saints for you to choose from. Please visit his Etsy site Kapela or his webpage,