Anthony de Mello
Until his sudden death on June 2, 1987, Fr. Tony de Mello
was the director
of the Sadhana Institute of Pastoral Counseling near Poona, India.
Author of five best selling books, renowned worldwide for his
workshops, retreats, and prayer courses, he aimed simply to teach people
HOW TO PRAY, how to WAKE UP AND LIVE.
Most people, he maintained, are asleep. They need to wake up,
open up their eyes, see what is real, both inside and outside of
The greatest human gift is to be aware, to be in touch with oneself,
one's body, mind, feelings, thoughts, sensations.
Here are some of his typical challenges: "Come home yourself!
Come back to your senses! Do you hear that bird sing?
How can you hear the song and not hear the singer?
How can you see the wave and not see the ocean?
How can you see the dance and not see the dancer?"
The thousands of people who attended Fr. de Mello's
and the thousands more who did not attend but who wished they
could have, will surely consider it a great blessing that full-length
conferences of this superbly gifted and eloquent speaker have been
It is just the way he was, uninhibited by a TV studio or time limits.
It is a priceless final gift he has left his friends.
In the spirit of Anthony de Mello, S.J. and Francis Stroud,
Jonathan Galente and Desmond Towey, Trustees,
deMello Spirituality Center,
Fordham University Bronx, NY
together present spiritual themes and exercises
that can enrich and transform your life.
Mello (4 September
1931, Bombay, British
India - 2 June 1987, New
States) was a Jesuit priest and psychotherapist who became widely known for
his books on spirituality.
An internationally acclaimed spiritual guide, writer and public
speaker, de Mello hosted many spiritual conferences. See below for
the names of these programs which are available on audio CD and film.
He traveled to many countries to study and later to teach, most notably Spain and the United
The few talks
which he allowed to be filmed, such as "A Rediscovery of Life" and "A
Way to God for Today," have inspired many viewers and audiences since
being released; and have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of TV
watchers throughout the United States, Canada, and Central America; in
colleges, universities, Newman centers, and communities. De Mello
established a prayer center in India. He died suddenly in 1987. His
works are readily available and additional writings were published
after his death.
A review of de
Mello's work by the Congregation
for the Doctrine of the Faith prompted
the group to release a lengthy comment expressing their theological
concerns. While the group showed appreciation for many of de Mello's
writings, some positions were found to be 'incompatible with the
Catholic faith'. In an opinion dated June
24, 1998 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who later becamePope
Benedict XVI, wrote for the Congregation:
already in certain passages in [his] early works and to a greater
degree in his later publications, one notices a progressive distancing
from the essential contents of the Christian faith.
... With the present Notification, in order to protect the good of the
Christian faithful, this Congregation declares that the above-mentioned
positions are incompatible with the Catholic faith and can cause grave
however Pope John Paul II spoke favorably of De Mello stating " his
theological compassion for humanity, passion for faith & belief in
Christian values are a forward light for our collective future "
controversial paradigm for Catholic dogma is mainly because many of his
ideas were influenced by Thai
and founder of monasteries Ajahn
Chah - who, some say, was a kind of teacher
to him. Despite the church's condemnation, his works are popular,
especially among those interested in Ignatian
of de Mello's books have since been supplemented with the insertion of
books of Father Anthony de Mello were written in a multi-religious context to help the
followers of other religions, agnostics and atheists in their spiritual search, and they were not
intended by the author as manuals of instruction of the Catholic
faithful in Christian doctrine or dogma." 
Not all the
works of Father de Mello were submitted for publication by the author
himself; some were published posthumously as collections, or based upon
notes or recordings of his conferences.Below
are the most recent list of available publications:
- Wake Up! Spirituality for Today, 90 minutes of talks given
before a live audience.
- The Song of the Bird, 1984. ISBN
- Sadhana: A Way to God, 1984. ISBN
- Wellsprings, 1986. ISBN
- One Minute Wisdom, Image,
- Awareness, Image,1990. ISBN
- Taking Flight, 1990. ISBN
- The Way to Love, 1992. ISBN
- The Heart Of The Enlightened, Image,
- Awakening, Image,
- Contact with God, Image,
- One Minute Nonsense
- The Prayer of the Frog Vol. 1 & Vol. 2. In the
English printing, these are titled "Taking Flight" and "The Heart of
- Praying Naked: The Spirituality
of Anthony de Mello (by
J. Francis Stroud, S.J.), Image