Retired Theology Teacher, W. Bruce Ingram, Pens Thoughtful Analysis of the Spiritual Doctrine of Saint Thèrése of Lisieux
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Mr. W. Bruce Ingram, former teacher and chair of the theology department, recently published a book about the evolution of Saint Thèrése’s spirituality entitled Lisieux’s Poet Laureate: Gems From Saint Thèrése’s Correspondence.
Mr. Ingram said he first encountered the spiritual genius of Marie Françoise Thèrése Martin (whom Pope Saint Pius X called “the greatest saint of modern times”) while working on an English assignment in high school. Years later, he had occasion to read her autobiography, Story of a Soul, and has been captivated by her spirituality ever since.
While studying the two volumes of Saint Thèrése’s correspondence, Mr. Ingram found renewed inspiration and decided to apply the technique of “found poetry” to these grace-filled missives. The result, Lisieux’s Poet Laureate: Gems From Saint Thèrése’s Correspondence is a collection of 51 found poems. According to Mr. Ingram, “this medium has never before been applied to the vast output of Theresian scholarship.”
Aiming to advance a spiritual renaissance for those seeking to live an ever-deeper life of faith, Mr. Ingram expounds upon the doctrine and evolution of Saint Thèrése’s spirituality as revealed in her affectionate exchanges. It is his hope that this book “will act as a gateway, a catalyst, prompting a more in-depth study of and prayerful reflection on the doctrine of Saint Thèrése’s Little Way of Spiritual Childhood.”
Mr. Ingram served for thirty-five years as a Catholic educator, the last twenty-eight of which (1990-2018) were here at Saint Mark’s. During his tenure, he received the Mark of Excellence Award for his engaging presence in the classroom and was recently honored with a scholarship established in his name through the generosity of former student and alumnus Vikas Tandon ’96. All royalties from this book will be donated to further fund this scholarship, thus financially benefiting future Spartans.
Mr. Ingram has written and edited a number of publications, including literature detailing the RCIA process, guidelines for implementing the USCCB Curriculum Framework, mission and philosophy statements for Middle States accreditation, course catalogs, school yearbooks, and newspaper articles. And, as theology chair, he wrote and promoted departmental guidelines and policies. His credentials include a BA from LaSalle University and an MA from Villanova University.
Lisieux’s Poet Laureate offers anyone interested in spiritual enrichment or in the study of saints, as well as devotees of Saint Thèrése, a thoughtful and inspiring read. Information on reserving a copy of your book will be shared in the coming days.
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