Sources and BibliographyFather Paul Francis Spencer, C.P.
Archives of Holy Cross Retreat, Ere, Belgium
Registre de nos SS. Ministères de 1841 à 1872.
Membres de la Communauté (d'Ere) arrivés et départs de 1840 à 1931.
Administration de la Maison d'Ere de 1840 à 1866.
Registre des Visites Canoniques.
Archives of the Province of St Gabriel, Belgium
Registre du Noviciat d'Ere 1840-1856.
Origine di questa fondazione (d'Ere) 1840-1868.
Les Passionistes en Belgique (typescript).
Platea du Père Seraphin (microfilm).
Archives of the Province of St Joseph, England
General Administration Book of St Wilfrid's Retreat, Cotton Hall 1850-1854.
General Administration Book of St Wilfrid's Retreat, Cotton Hall 1854-1858.
Mission Book (Parish Register) of St Wilfrid's, Cotton.
Missae pro Populo quae celebrantur in Ecclesia S. Wilfridi, 1850-1858.
Platea of St Michael's Retreat, Aston Hall.
Register of Arrivals and Departures, St Saviour's Retreat, Broadway.
Platea of St Joseph's Retreat, London.
General Administration Book of St Joseph's Retreat, The Hyde, and St Joseph's Retreat, Highgate, London 1871-____.
Diary of Fr Ignatius Spencer (3 vols).
Letter of Fr Ignatius Spencer to Fr Eugene Martorelli, 24 April 1852.
Obituary of Fr Charles (Houben) of St Andrew.
Archives of St Paul's Retreat, Mount Argus, Dublin, Ireland
Account of the Foundation of the Retreat of Blessed Paul of the Cross, Harold's Cross, near Dublin 1856 (Platea 1856-1899).
Register of Arrivals and Departures, St Paul's Retreat, Mount Argus 1856-1874.
Register of Passionists, Anglo-Hibernian Province of St Joseph .
Annals of the Anglo-Hibernian Province (4 vols).
Chronicles of the Novitiate of St Saviour's Retreat, Broadway, 1864-1867.
Chronicles of the Novitiate of St Saviour's Retreat, Broadway, 1867-1871.
Diary of Fr Salvian Nardocci 1855-1896 (19 vols).
Diary of Confrater Adrian Cole 1885-1886.
Circular Letter of the Most Rev. Fr Bernard Mary of Jesus, Superior General, on the conclusion of the Visitation of the Province of St Joseph, 31 August 1879.
Circular Letter of the Most Rev. Fr Bernard Mary of Jesus, Superior General, to all the religious of the Province of St Joseph, 28 November 1885.
Obituary of Fr Jerome (Smith) of the Purification.
Archives of the Vice-Postulator, St Paul's Retreat, Mount Argus
Sermon preached by Fr Wilfrid O'Hagan at the funeral of Father Charles.
An Appreciation of Fr Charles by his confessor, Fr Norbert (McGettigan) of St Paul of the Cross.
Personal Recollections of Fr Charles by Fr Eugene Nevin (typescript).
Personal Impressions of Fr Charles at Ardoyne, Belfast, by P. J. Tiernan.
General Archives, SS. Giovanni E Paolo, Rome
Atti delle Consulte Generali 1870-1909.
Report on the Visitation of the Province of St Joseph by Fr Alphonsus (O'Neill) of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 5 December 1878.
Letter of Fr Alphonsus O'Neill to Fr Bernard Mary Silvestrelli, 14 August 1878.
Archives of the Postulation, SS. Giovanni E Paolo, Rome
Meditations, Sermons and Prayers of Fr Charles of St Andrew (manuscript written in his own hand, p. 113).
Examplar authenticum espistolarum servi Dei P. Caroli a S. Andrea (79 letters written by Charles to members of his family).
(These douments were formerly in the Archives of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and were transferred to the Archives of the Postulation on 8 January 1988.)
Dublin Diocesan Archives
Ordinary Process of Dublin 1928-1929.
Apostolic Process of Dublin 1936-1938.
Articles for the Apostolic prcess of the Servant of God Fr Charles of St Andrew, Passionist, Dublin, 1936.
Positio super virtutibus S.D. Caroli a S. Andrea, Roma, 1955.
Nova Positio super virtutibus S.D. Caroli a S. Andrea, Roma, 1972.
Relatio et Vota Congressus peculiaris super virtutibus S.D. Caroli a S. Andrea, Roma, 1978.
Position super miraculo (Canonizationis Ven. S.D. Caroli a S. Andrea), Roma, 1987.
Regulae et Constitutiones Cong. SS. mae Crucis et Passionis D.N.J.D., a cura di F. Giorgini (Fontes Historicae Congregationis Passionisi I), Roma, 1958.
Rule and Constitutions of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ, St Gabriele (Teramo), 1984.
Paolo della Croce, Lettere, a cura di Amedeo della Madre del Buon Pastore (4 vol.), Roma, 1924.
Paolo della Croce, La Congregazione dela Passione de Gesù: cos'è cosa vuole, a cura di F. Giorgini (Recerche di storia e spiritualità passionista I), Roma, 1978.
Abbot, Walter A. (Ed.), The Documents of Vatican II, London, Geoffrey Chapman, 1972.
Austin, Fr, The Life of Fr Charles of the Congregation of the most holy Cross and Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, Dublin, Sealy, Bryers & Walker, 1893.
Bonifacius, Pater, De Dienaar Gods, p. Carolus Houben van de congregatie der passionisten, Brugge, Desclée de Brouwer, 1929 (English translation in the Archives of the Vice-Postulator, Mount Argus, Dublin).
Brovetto, Costante, Introduzione alla spiritualità di S. Paolo della Croce, S. Gabriele (Termao), Edizioni 'Eco', 1955.
Burke, Edmund, 'Carlo di S. Andrea', Bibliotheca Sanctorum, Roma, Istituo Giovanni XXIII, 1961 (20 vol.), Vol. III, col. 800-801.
Charles, Conrad, The FOUndation of the Passionists in England 1840-1851 (Unpublished Doctoral Thesis, P.U.G.), Roma, 1961.
Christopher, Fr, Fr Charles of Mount Argus, Dublin, M. H. Fill & Son, 1938.
Devine, Pius, Life of the Very Rev. Father Dominic of the Mother of God (Barberi), Passionist, London, R. Washbourne, 1898.
Devine, Pius, (Pius a Sp. Sancto), Life of Father Ignatius of St Paul, Passionist The Hon. and Rev. George Spencer), Dublin, James Duffy, 1866.
Edmond, Pater, Leven van den Dienaar Gods, Pater Carolus Houben, passionist, Mook, Dlooster Mater Dolorosa, 1923 (English translation in the Archives of the Vice-Postulator, Mount Argus, Dublin).
John Paul II, P.P., 'Address to Catholic Action of Rome', L'Osservatore Romano, weekly edition in English, 26 January 1987, p. 11.
Kelly, Oliver, 'Witnessing to God', The Cross, 68 (April 1978), pp. 16-20.
Menegazzo, Federico, 'An Ecumenical Soul: Venerable Charles Houben c.p.' L'Osservatore Romano, weekly edition in English, 24 January 1983, pp. 10-11.
Menegazzo, Federico, Il Beato Domenica della Madre di Dio, Roma, Postulazione dei PP. Pasionisti, 1963.
Mercurio, Roger & Rouse, Silvan (Eds.), Words from the Heart -- A Selection from the Personal Letters of St Paul of the Cross, Dublin, Gill and Macmillan, 1976.
Molinari, Paul, 'Tradition and Saints' Lives', The Way, 21 (1981), pp. 123-36.
Munstergeleen -- Een Monografie Over Een Limburgse Gemeete, 1970.
Ravasi, Ladislao, La Congregazione dei Passionisti verso la metà del secolo XIX, Caravate, Edizioni Madonna del Sasso, 1963.
Smith, Joseph, Paul Mary Pakehham, Passionist, London and Endiburgh, Sands, 1915.
Spencer, Paul Francis (Ed.), Letters of Fr Charles of Mount Argus to his Family, Dublin, Passionist Publications, 1985.
Spencer, Paul Francis, 'Sharing in the Sufferings of Jesus -- The Spirituality of St Paul of the Cross', Religious Life Review, 20 (1981), pp. 147-53.
Wilson, Alfred, Blessed Dominic Barberi, London, Sands, 1967.
Young, Urban, Life of Fr Ignatius Spencer C.P., London, Burns, Oates & Washbourne, 1933.
Young, Urban, Life and Letters of the Venerable Fr Dominic (Barberi) C.P., London, Burns, Oates, & Washbourne, 1926.
Young, Urban, Venerable Dominic Barberi in England, London, Burns, Oates, & Washbourne, 1935.
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This biography, paper-published in 1988 at the time of Father Charles’ beatification, was how I became acquainted with the life of Father Charles. Although you will find the entire text at this site, I encourage you to look for the new paper edition of the book, which will be available in bookshops in mid-2007.